Amaroo has been supporting the Western Australian community for over 50 years. Established in 1969, we’ve grown to become one of the leading aged care service providers in the State.
This is our story.
A beautiful place
Amaroo was established in 1969. Formed under the then Commonwealth-funded Aged Persons Homes Act 1954, Amaroo’s sole purpose was to address the lack of accommodation options in Gosnells for senior citizens.
The name Amaroo was suggested by founding Board Member, Mrs Lucy Wilkinson. Amaroo is a Whadjuk Noongar term meaning ‘beautiful place’—a fitting name that encapsulates everything we were, and are, striving to achieve.
The Amaroo project (as it was then known) was established to address the lack of accommodation options in Gosnells for senior citizens.
In its infancy, the Amaroo project was granted one and a third acres of land to build a residential village that comprised of 18 individual villas. The Gosnells Village was officially opened in September 1971 by the State Governor, Sir Douglas Kendrew.
In 1982, the William Buckley Hostel opened. Named after Board Member and benefactor, William Buckley, this facility provided 37 beds to residents. An extension in 1991 added a further 24 beds.
In 1987, the Nancye Jones Centre opened. This centre soon became a space that would be a local hub for recreational and community-based events.
In 1991, the William Buckley Hostel was expanded to provide an additional 24 beds.
The City of Gosnells, with generous support from the Lotteries Commission WA, launched Amaroo Nursing Home on March 18, 1995. It was officially opened by His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, AC MC, Governor of Western Australia. The facility was later renamed McMahon Caring Centre, in honour of the hard work of the McMahon family and long-serving Board Member, Keith McMahon.
In 1996, the generosity of a late resident saw the historical Winifred Jones Cottage added to Amaroo’s growing list of facilities. A major refurbishment in the same year provided residents with a wood turning workshop, dry and wet craft areas, and a café for sharing lunches and morning teas with family and friends.
The William Buckley Hostel was renamed Buckley Caring Centre, and a further two beds were added
Due to the generous financial support from the Amaroo Foundation and Lotteries Commission WA, extensions and refurbishments of Nancye Jones House were completed. A workshop was also constructed, and both a 10-seater bus and 17-seater bus with wheelchair hoist were purchased.
Buckley Caring Centre expanded yet again, with 18 Federal Government low-care licenses granted. These were officially opened by His Excellency, Lieutenant General John Sanderson, AC, Governor of Western Australia.
In 2006, construction commenced on the Denmark Village.
In 2011, Amaroo officially launched our Amaroo Community Care service, now known as Amaroo@Home.
In 2012, Lionville handed over a further 26 units to our Denmark Village through the Department of Housing.
In 2013, the Albany Village was officially opened by the City of Albany Mayor, Cr Dennis Wellington.
The Buckley Caring Centre underwent a refurbishment, establishing it as a world-class care centre with 128 beds.