History and Governance

Byron Aged Care History

In the late 1960’s a group of Byron Bay citizens, initiated by a local, George Feros, could see the need for an aged care facility to serve the Byron Bay district. An association was formed and they proceeded to acquire a suitable site, register as a charitable organisation and commenced to raise funds. The great bulk of funds was provided by the association through community fund raising.

In 1969 the drawing up of plans was commissioned with the brief that the building was to be above the then accepted standards, be climate friendly and provide a home-like environment for residents.

Construction of the first stage, (a ten bed wing with ancillary services), was completed and opened in 1972. In 1982 the first of several additions was completed, followed by further additions in subsequent years to bring the total accommodation to the present forty one residents. The construction of the first two stages was assisted by Commonwealth construction subsidies. Since then all extensions and upgrades have been financed by the facility.

The Organisation was originally known as the Australian Orthodox Home for the Aged Association. This later became an Incorporated Association and as our assets grew this was changed to a Company Limited by Guarantee along with the name change to Byron Aged Care Limited.

Byron Aged Care is a non-profit, community-based, non-denominational facility fully accredited by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and strives to maintain the highest standards of service and quality of life for its residents.

Written by Ian Cook, Former Byron Aged Care Board Secretary and original designer for our Butler Street buildings.

Byron Aged Care Governance

In February 2015, Byron Aged Care aligned itself with Alzheimer’s Association Queensland.
Byron Aged Care is a community based not for profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. The day to day running of the Home is entrusted to the Director of Care.