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Our History

In 1938 Charles Inman left the Red Cross his home and property ‘Airlee’ on the Esplanade at Point Vernon to provide accommodation for elderly ladies.

The deeds of the home were handed over by Cecil Inman, son of Charles Inman to Lady Wilson, wife of the Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Wilson. She accepted them on behalf of the Red Cross. By 1974 the Inman Home was operating at a loss and the Red Cross had to close it and the elderly lady residents were forced to find alternative accommodation. Only two found accommodation in the district and the rest were forced to move elsewhere.

Don McBain and his wife Valerie had worked as volunteers in the Inman Home and called a meeting of concerned residents to see what they could do to prevent this happening again. They decided that there should be a permanent home for seniors in Hervey Bay to provide secure accommodation and to meet their ongoing needs. This concern and dedication still drives the organisation today.

Following the first meeting, they launched an appeal for funds and had an overwhelming response. in 1974, Mr Walter Burton, a blind pensioner, donated 10 acres of land adjoining his residence in Exeter Street Torquay.

In 1981 the Committee changed the organisation to a company called the Hervey Bay Retirement Village Limited. This name continued until 2007. Hervey Bay Retirement Village Limited was constituted as a company limited by guarantee.  In 2007 the name was changed to Torbay Retirement Villages Limited.

  The Hervey Bay community was heavily involved in the development of the first aged care accommodation in Hervey Bay.  Funds were raised via raffles and donations.  The first nursing  home units were built in 1977 with further development continuing up to 2005.  Villas were also built to accommodate independent retirees.  The official opening of the Torbay Retirement Village was on 6th August 1977.

In May 2011 we commenced a building division called Torbay Constructions to do our own building and to generate additional funds for the aged care facilities by undertaking external work. This division was changed to a company in November 2012. The new company is called Torbay Constructions Pty Ltd.

In October 2016 the company changed its name to Torbay Lifestyles & Care Limited and is still a company limited by guarantee and community owned.

Torbay Lifestyles & Care Limited

is a public company limited by guarantee. The company is a registered charity and public benevolent institution.

Torbay Aged Care & Retirement Village

was commenced in 1974 and consists of 159 Independent Living Units and associated recreational facilities and service centres and a 134 care place Aged Care Facility.

Torbay Constructions

is responsible for Torbay's entire building program and also successfully tenders for and constructs outside contracts.
Nurse with aged care resident

Our Board and Management

President and Chairman of the Board - Mick Kruger

Chief Executive Officer - Christine Lilley

Torbay Constructions Manager - John Sheehan

Director of Care - Lisa Nitschinsk

Retirement Village & Sales Manager - Rachel Neck