Sundale is a community based, not for profit, retirement and care centre organisation that supports the needs of its community via outstanding care and assistance services.

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


We enable people to live the life they choose to live within a community that cares and is supportive. We do this by supporting you with the choices you make about your care and your personal and social life.

Sundale has a range of services to help you choose the type of care you need. This can include supporting you to remain in your own home through our In-Home Care and services, through to the provision of retirement living accommodation, residential aged care or housing.

All of our services focus on providing comprehensive high-quality care underpinned by dignity, choice and the desire to maximise your independence.

We have a philosophy that is about not just meeting standards, but is about exceeding expectations and being there for the moments that matter in your life.


We have been part of our community since 1963 and we are proud of our strong foundations. Organisations need to change and explore opportunities to grow. We are committed to growing and building upon our foundations to forge a stronger future for Sundale. This means we need to develop the ability to be agile and respond to opportunities to meet the growing demand for aged care services.

We want to be there for our people when they need us and we are focusing on continuing to develop our innovative service models to create meaningful communities.


Our values underpin our purpose and represent the standard you can expect from us. Sundale is committed to providing:


We take responsibility for the trust you place in us.


We know that you, and the people close to you are the best people to help you make decisions. We spend time getting to know you and what matters to you


We strive 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.
4 Nov 1956
Nambour Apex Club is formed;
Nambour Apex Club purchase 18 acres of land near Nambour;
18 Feb 1963
Constructions 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;
3 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 the James Grimes Nursing Home at Nambour Garden Village is officially opened;
28 November 1982
Queensland Senator, Flo Joh 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

Masters in Health Science (Gerontology)

16 years’ Senior and Executive Management experience in not-for-profit (Aged Care, Mental Health, Health, Child Protection and Disability).

Improvement Specialist that facilitates service development and enhancement, quality leadership, strategic and business acumen that is supported by innovation, stakeholder management, evidenced based outcomes, advocacy and connecting with communities.

Specialist areas Quality Assurance, Clinical and Organisational Governance and Risk Management. Joined Sundale in 2018.

Mark James
Executive Manager of Corporate Performance

Mark has responsibility for the Finance, People & Culture and ITC functions across the organisation. 

A results orientated leader with more than 15 years-experience of working at the executive level and leading high performance teams. 

Mark enjoys the challenges of successfully increasing efficiency and productivity across the business.  Joined Sundale in 2019.

Michelle McGowan
Executive Manager Aged Care and Community Services

Michelle has responsibility for Residential Care, Retirement Living and In-Home Care Services.

With more than 10 years of Aged Care Management experience, Michelle is passionate not only about Sundale’s residents and consumers and ensuring they receive the highest quality of care, but also leading and changing the industry for the betterment for all.

Róisín Dunne
Executive Manager Governance and Clinical Engagement

BNS RN PgHDip. Dip.Mgt.

Róisín has more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry – not for profit, private/public services in Australia and Ireland. Her clinical and senior leadership experience includes Clinical Governance & Strategy, Education, Quality Improvement & Multidisciplinary Leadership in Health.

Specialist areas include clinical governance, clinical change management & engagement, clinical project management and driving innovation in health.

Róisín strives to provide compassionate consistent leadership in the pursuit of efficient and safe consumer care.

Sundale Board

John Woodward

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 and took on the role of Chairperson in 2018.

Troy Wainwright
Deputy Chairperson


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

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2015.

Christine Perren


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.

Peter Clarke

Retired builder

Nambour resident for more than 50 years, retailer and stakeholder for the past 28 years with an involvement in a number of service clubs and organisations on the Sunshine Coast.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2014.

Anita Phillips

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.

Swain Roberts

LLB, B. Com, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Cert Bus PNPS

Senior Legal Officer of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Lawyer and governance professional with more than 20 years’ legal experience, nationally and internationally, with significant experience in the higher education and health sectors.

Joined the Sundale Ltd Board in 2017.