About Dale Cottages

Our Story

The Dale Cottages story is one rich in values of care, equity, dignity, innovation, participation, volunteerism and hard work. As a Not For Profit Organisation, it is no surprise that these values continue to underpin our work since 1957. In 1956 the community of Armadale and Kelmscott recognised the need to provide accommodation for elderly residents. From the first public meeting it was clear that the community of Armadale and Kelmscott would make this project happen and to this day we hold fast to the principal that Dale Cottages is an organisation that values all community members. In October 1959 the first duplex opened in John Street Armadale. Since then our organisation has grown in its mission to care for all community groups.

We Currently Provide:

  • 153 Independent Living Units
  • Residential Care Facility
  • Respite Services
  • In-Home Care Services
  • Visitor's Accommodation
  • Social and Recreational Activities
  • Community Catering Services
  • Greendale Community Centre
  • We continue to be an independent organisation guided by a Board made up of community representatives. The result has been the continuous provision of accommodation and an ongoing recognition that care,  choice,  equality and inclusivity are essential elements in service delivery.

    Dale Cottages
    The First 50 Years

    Our People

    Board of Directors

    Top Row (L-R) Cr Kerry Busby, Ken Hepburn, Philip Ameduri, Andrew Bruce.
    Front Row: (L-R) , Vanessa Jessup, Carol McGurk (President), Christopher Hunt (Vice President),
    Henry Ronchi (Secretary/Treasurer- Absent).

    Harold Preston

    Chief Executive Officer

    Harold Preston

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: ceo@dalecottages.org

    Manager Residential care

    Sarah Jeanes

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: mrc@dalecottages.org

    Finance Manager

    Nichel George

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: fm@dalecottages.org

    Kary Murray

    Clinical Leader

    Kary Murray

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: clinical@dalecottages.org

    Home Care Coordinator

    Leisa Gillham

    Ph (08) 9399 6800

    Email: dcc2@dalecottages.org

    Business Development Manager

    Caroline Power

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: marketing@dalecottages.org

    Village Administrator

    Jessica Schwarz

    Ph (08) 9497 3200

    Email: va@dalecottages.org

    Assets Officer

    Lyndon Menhennett

    Ph 0413 397 064

    Email: assets@dalecottages.org

    Community Services Coordinator

    Stacey Dowding

    Ph (08) 9399 5393

    Email: csc@dalecottages.org


    ‘Dale Cottages has given us thirteen years of happiness, security, economy and peace of mind’

    Denys and Marie Craig

    I like the 'small community' feel and the country like atmosphere with the old trees ‘

     June Castledene

    ‘Dale Cottages is a well established retirement village. The focal point is the pond with some lovely old trees surrounding it. We enjoy varied, good social and activity programs, including regular outings on our village bus.  A very reasonably priced nutritious dinner is available daily in the dining room or delivered to your home.

    The location of Dale Cottages is in a quiet part of Armadale, only a few minutes from a large shopping centre, medical facilities, the train and bus are also nearby.

    The complex is well managed by caring staff and help is always available from the prompt friendly and effective maintenance team.  I have lived in my spacious, comfortable cottage for nearly twelve years and like all good stories, I look forward to living here at Dale Cottages ………………………’Happily Ever After’.


    22 Years at Dale Cottages. Once we decided on a general policy of ‘if we haven’t used it for two years – we don’t need it’ – the thought of downsizing to move into Dale Cottages became much less daunting, and our families and local charities became the beneficiaries.  That was twenty two years ago and we still consider it to be the best decision we could have made for our retirement years.

    Life in the smaller home has been much simpler and economical with less rooms and fewer contents to be maintained, and regular scheduled repainting of interior and exterior walls.  We even have our gutters cleaned, white ant inspections and other incidentals looked after at no cost to ourselves. There is an amazing variety of low cost entertainment and activity available to those who like to participate, plus the opportunity to make new friends, or if we choose, protect our existing privacy.

    Dale Cottages is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which includes first class low and high care facilities for the aged and infirm, so we consider we have enjoyed these twenty two years of relaxed retirement in the best possible environment.