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Our History

Whyalla Aged Care (formally Whyalla Senior Citizens Welfare Association) has a long and proud history in providing retirement and aged care services to the community of Whyalla and surrounding districts.

Our organisation was founded by dedicated Whyalla residents after a public meeting held on 11 September 1968.

Our first project was the construction of 6 one-bedroom units on land acquired on Newton Street. The units were completed in June 1971. A further 7 units were added to the seaside complex.

On 18 June 1985 Yeltana Nursing Home, a 40 bed nursing home, was officially opened by His Excellency Sir Donald Dunstan, Governor of South Australia. It was a culmination of over 15 years of planning, fundraising and lobbying, and owes much to the vision and persistent effort of the late Mrs Vicky Cruickshank and many other Whyalla citizens. An additional 8 beds were added to complete the 48 bed high care facility.

In January 1971 the Copperhouse Court Hostel in Hawdon Street was purchased by the committee and redeveloped into a 31 bed residential hostel. The hostel closed after the new 32 bed low care Copperhouse Court Hostel was opened on Flinders Ave in September 1992. Later a new 10 bed Memory Support Unit was added.

A second low care facility, Annie Lockwood Court, was built by the sea on Newton Street and welcomed its first residents in September 1990. The facility was named after local aged care advocate Mrs Annie Lockwood.

Whyalla Aged Care continues to expand services to the Whyalla Community as 10 new beds were added to the Yeltana Nursing Home in 2016 and another 14 beds are planned to be added to Copperhouse Court.