About Dale Cottages

Our Story

The Dale Cottages story is one rich in values of care, equity, dignity, innovation, participation, volunteerism and hard work. It is no surprise therefore that these values continue to underpin our work since 1959.

In 1956 the community of Armadale and Kelmscott recognised the need to provide accommodation for elderly residents. From the first public meeting it was crystal 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 a community organisation.

In October 1959 the first duplex opened in John Street Armadale. Since then our organisation has grown in its mission to care for our community and we currently provide:

  • 180 Independent Living Units
  • Residential Care Facility
  • Social and Recreational Activities
  • In-Home Care Services
  • Community Catering Services
  • Wellness and Information Centre
  • 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 increasing recognition that care and choice are equal and 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


    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 22 years ago and we still consider it to be the best decision we could have made for our retirement years.

    Denny & Marie

    The location of Dale Cottages is in a quiet part of Armadale, only a few minutes from a large shopping center, 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’.


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


    To all the staff & carers at JE Murray Home

    It is with heartfelt thanks that we wish to convey to each and every one of you our gratitude for the care and love you showed our mother during her 6 year residency at JE Murray Home.

    From the Nursing Staff, the Carers, the OT’s, the Kitchen Staff and the Cleaning Staff, we sincerely appreciate your efforts in all these respective areas of care.

    We know that when we weren’t around to comfort Mum when she was feeling down, we could always rely on you to step up and offer a kind word and a comforting hug. At times the kind words and comforting hugs extended to us as well when we would have a little cry and a meltdown over Mum’s declining health. Thank you for your empathy!

    We miss Mum terribly and into the mix we also miss you too. After all you were integral in our lives having the very important job of caring for our Mother.

    Warmest regards,

    Trish and Julie


    Trish & Julie

    A very big thank you to all the staff for the exceptional quality of care given to our Mum during her respite stay with you. Mum has spoken highly of you all, and for her family, we are so very grateful for being assured that Mum was being treated with the Care, Respect, and Dignity that we all wish for our parents in their twilight years.

    With Love and Sincere Thanks.



    I just want to thank you and all the staff at J E Murray home for the wonderful way that they looked after my dad. Given that this was his first time in respite all of our family are very grateful for the care and attention that was given to John.