Garden Village was established as a not-for-profit charity in June 1972 initially by co-founders Mr Keith and Mrs Jean Westerweller. The village property at that time consisted of 3.4 hectares of unencumbered land close to the CBD area of Port Macquarie. In 2009 the Village comprised 4.0 hectares with multiple facilities.
The building work for Self Care Apartments commenced on site on 1 August 1979. Constuction on the Westerweller Serviced Apartment complex commenced in early 1980 and in 1984 the 40 bed Garden Lodge Nursing Home was officially opened.
In 1993 Winter Garden Serviced Apartments were completed, these apartments were converted to low care hostel accommodation in 2001. The Westerweller Serviced Apartments were converted to low hostel care accommodation in 2002.
Garden Village kitchen commenced providing meals to the Meals on Wheels Service in Port Macquarie in 2001.
From 1993 until 2003 the Village acquired 3 blocks of residential land adjoining the Winter Garden complex and fronting Garden Crescent for the purpose of redeveloping the site as future Self Care Accommodation.
In May 2008 our new commercial production kitchen was completed including new state of the art equipment. The bowling green site fronting Hastings River Drive was redeveloped in August 2009 to provide for additional covered car-parking area and croquet court.
In early September 2009 work commenced on refurbishment and extensions to our Nursing Home.
Garden Village has a Board of Directors drawn from all areas of the Port Macquarie community and surrounding areas. Directors give their time in an honorary capacity, sharing the vision of providing accommodation for the aged and disadvantaged from the Port Macquarie and surrounding community.
As at September 2009 Garden Village facilities comprised of the following:
- 179 Self Care Apartments consisiting of 168 x 1 bedroom apartments and 11 x 2 bedroom apartments
- 56 bed Westerweller Hostel Facility
- 44 bed Winter Garden Hostel Facility
- 42 bed Garden Lodge Nursing Home, and
- 1 short stay apartment for temporary accommodation for residents’ family and friends