Independent Living in Georges Hall

History

The History of Bankstown City Aged Care…

In the early 1970s, the people who operated Meals on Wheels in Bankstown observed that in some cases the provision of Meals on Wheels five days a week was not enough, that in many instances the people they serviced were lonely and that some also needed more help.

They approached the then Mayor and chartered Member of Greenacre Lions Club, Ron Lockwood for assistance. It was proposed that the answer appeared to be a hostel – something between a full self-care facility and a nursing home. It was envisaged that this facility would cater to people who could basically care for themselves yet still needed some support, provision of meals and social contact.

At the time this was considered to be a relatively new and ground breaking concept, as private developers had only just started to enter into providing comprehensive aged care developments covering the three stages of self care, assisted or hostel care and nursing homes.

Mayor Lockwood realised that the only way it would be possible to provide such a facility was with the support of the Service and Licensed Clubs in the Bankstown Municipality, together with any available Government Subsidy. So, he approached Greenacre Lions Club and asked if they would support him if he put the proposition to Council.

This was agreed, and in 1972 a meeting of all the local Clubs accepted the proposal in principle.

Council agreed that the parcel of land in Greenacre that had been purchased by Council to prevent a sub-division and set aside for use by Senior Citizens land would be made available.