Sundale is a community based, not for profit organisation that supports the needs of its community via outstanding Retirement Communities, Care Centres and In-Home Care support services.

Blending independence, outstanding support, modern accommodation and lush gardens with caring, compassionate staff, Sundale is the perfect place to call home.


Sundale empowers its residents and care recipients to live the life they choose, within a caring and supportive community.

Sundale offers a range of stimulating and engaging lifestyle activities and services including continuum of care at its Retirement Communities and Care Centres.

If you’re happy and feel supported in a community, the last thing you want is to move when your needs change.

Sundale can provide additional care, meals and assistance in your home, if and when you need it.

All of Sundale’s services focus on providing comprehensive high-quality care, underpinned by dignity, choice and the desire to maximise its residents and care recipients’ independence.


Sundale has been part of the Sunshine Coast community since 1963 and is extremely proud of its heritage and strong foundations.

Sundale will always honour its past, but is focused on a new, modern future so it can cater to the evolving needs of the community for decades to come.

To make this vision a reality, Sundale will continue to be agile and explore retirement and lifestyle options through the prism of future needs, including technology and amenity.

Sundale is committed to being there for its residents and care recipients when they need us and is focused on developing innovative service models which create meaningful communities.


Sundale’s values underpin its purpose and reflect the standard of care you can expect at Sundale.

Sundale is committed to:


Sundale takes responsibility for the trust you place in us.


Sundale understands that you and your family, friends and health professionals are the best people to help you make decisions.

Sundale will spend time getting to know, to better understand what matters most.


Sundale strives to make a difference in people’s lives every single day.


The selfless enthusiasm of the Nambour Apex Club, supported by other service clubs and the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community, raised the funds to lay the first brick at Sundale’s Nambour site in February 1963.

More information about Sundale’s rich history can be found in Elaine and Inga Green’s wonderful book, Sundale Creating Communities 1963 – 2013.

4 Nov 1956
Nambour Apex Club is formed.
Nambour Apex Club purchase 18 acres of land near Nambour.
18 Feb 1963
Construction begins at Nambour Garden Village. Dr Allan Raine (Nambour Apex Club President) places a gold sovereign underneath the first brick as a symbol of the golden opportunities to come.
30 March 1963
Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin lays the foundation stone at Nambour Garden Village.
30 November 1963
Nicklin Lodge (named after Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin) at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
October 1966
Stage two of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
3 May 1969
Stage three of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened by Minister for Social Security, W.C. Wentworth.
30 August 1970
Queensland Premier, Joh Bjelke Petersen officially opens McGowan Lodge (to honour a bequest from Mrs L.B. McGowan) at Nambour Garden Village.
9 September 1973
Former Queensland Premier, Frank Nicklin, officially opens James Grimes Nursing Home (named after founding Sundale Management Committee President, J. D Grimes) at Nambour Garden Village.
Stage four of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
3 February 1979
Stage two of James Grimes Nursing Home at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened.
28 November 1982
Queensland Senator, Flo Bjelke-Petersen officially opens the fifth and final stage of Nicklin Lodge at Nambour Garden Village. The stage, known as Bowder Lodge, honours a bequest from sisters Daisy and Kathleen Bowder.
7 Feb 1983
Nambour Garden Village purchase 15 acres of land neighbouring Windsor Rd, Nambour.
7 April 1984
World President of Rotary International, William Skelton officially opens Rotary Garden Village (Burnside).
26 October 1986
Rod Voller Hostel at Rotary Garden Village is officially opened. The facility honours architect Rod Voller, who was involved in the planning and building of Rotary Garden Village.
December 1989
Sundale Management Committee purchase 17 acres of land at Palmwoods.
31 August 1993
Palmwoods Garden Village officially opened.
Sundale Management Committee purchase Aloaka Lodge Aged Care (Kilcoy) from the Somerset Senior Citizens Centre Board.
February 2004
Coolum Waters officially opened.
Sundale Management Committee purchase Bindaree (Boyne Island) from the Bindaree Lodge Management Board.

Sundale Executive Leadership Team

Danielle Mackenzie
Danielle Mackenzie

Danielle ensures Sundale’s care recipients, residents and clients receive outstanding care and assistance services and can live the life they choose, within a caring and supportive community.

As a high-achieving, motivated change agent and transformational leader, Danielle empowers Sundale’s team members to be kind, courageous and compassionate.

With more than 20 years of senior and executive management experience (aged care, mental health, health, child protection and disability), Danielle is using evidence-based outcomes to drive Sundale’s transformation.

Joined Sundale in 2018.

Michelle McGowan
Michelle McGowan
Executive Manager Aged Care and Community Services

Michelle is a passionate advocate for the ageing, the residential aged care and community care industries. Michelle demonstrates an ability to establish and maintain inclusive environments where employees are empowered to engage and be the best version of themselves to deliver optimal outcomes.

Michelle has well-developed broad range of skills, with a focus on service excellence and providing exceptional customer service whilst adding value to the organisation.

Michelle is committed to bettering the work experience for staff through clear leadership, training and supportive management.

Joined Sundale in 2006

Martin Cloeraine
Executive Manager Infrastructure and Development

Martin is responsible for Infrastructure and Development at Sundale.

Passionate about delivering great development outcomes for Sundale, its residents, care recipients and the wider community, Martin understands the importance of sound business acumen, strategic thinking and problem solving.

With more than 25 years-experience in property development, Martin knows how to work collaboratively with key stakeholders including government agencies, partners and internal stakeholders to identify opportunities, acquire sites, plan, influence and deliver projects.

Joined Sundale 2021

Anita Mitchell
Executive Manager Strategy & Business Transformation

Anita is responsible for Strategy and Business Transformation at Sundale.

She thrives on the challenge of finding solutions to complex problems by looking outside the square.

Determined to make a positive impact to the lives Sundale’s care recipients, residents and team members, Anita understands the importance of strategic planning, process improvement and innovative thinking.

With more than 15 years-experience in business as an analyst, manager and consultant, Anita is using evidence-based insights to drive Sundale’s transformation.

Joined Sundale in 2021.

Sharon Seymour
Executive Manager People Learning and Culture

With over 25 years of management experience, Sharon is a highly experienced HR professional who is values based and outcome driven. With experience in Australia and the UK, she has worked across a diverse range of industries.

Sharon is passionate about delivery great outcomes for Sundale and driving change through optimising human resources to create an engaged workforce that delivers high quality care. Sharon is a strategic thinker who drives business success enabling an inspired and highly skilled workforce.

Sharon has a strong background in healthcare and extensive experience in learning and development and workplace health and safety.

Joined Sundale 2021

Sundale Board

Troy Wainwright
Troy Wainwright


Director of Coastal Patios since 2012 and has experience in construction, manufacturing, tourism and property-based industries.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

Steve Telburn
Steve Telburn
Deputy Chairperson


Managing Director of technology and innovation advisory firm with 14 years of Board Director experience. Extensive IT experience and an appointee of Innovation and Science Australia, a statutory board that advises the government on innovation and science matters. Previously the CEO of various technology companies and has led the implementation of IT systems in large organisations.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in December 2019.

Christine Perren
Christine Perren
Board Member


Partner with SDE Accountants since 2013 and involved in a number of local community-based organisations on the Sunshine Coast, holding a number of Board positions within those organisations.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

John Woodward
John Woodward
Board Member

BPharm(Hons), Adv. Prac. Pharm., BCPS, BCGP, GAICD

Advanced practice pharmacist now specialising in general and geriatric medicine pharmacy.

Provides clinical pharmacy services in general medical practices and has a long history of managing community pharmacies. Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2012.

Anita Phillips
Anita Phillips
Board Member

BA/Dip.Soc.Studs; MPA; Grad.Dip.Leg.Studs

Experience as a Social Worker within many fields of practice, including aged and disability care, and also contributing to the formation of social policy.

Extensive government experience, including as a Member of Queensland Parliament and at Executive level with Federal, State and Local government departments.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2017.

Ian Hall
Ian Hall
Board Member

Dip.Tech, B.Ed

40 years involvement in Education, including 25 years as Principal. The last 10 years has been as School Auditor which involves reviewing the actions of School Boards and Committees. Extensive experience working with government regulations and policies.

Born in Nambour with numerous family connections to Sundale.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in November 2019.

Sonja Walters
Sonja Walters
Board Member


Social Worker and training consultant with over 20 years’ experience in Executive and Boards across public, private and not for profit sectors. Particular experience in the property, education, insurance, occupational rehabilitation, and community services industries.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in December 2019.