A brief history
When Mrs. Margaret Love and her family migrated from Northern Island to Australia, they named their farm, on the outskirts of Tatura, ‘Moyola’ after the river which ran alongside their home in Ireland.
In 1951 the will of the late Mrs. Margaret Love set aside the significant sum of $11,400 for the construction of cottages for aged members of Tatura and surrounding communities. The name Moyola was selected for the facility in memory of Mrs. Love and her family. This was the beginning of Moyola Cottages and Moyola Lodge.
A volunteer committee was formed in 1963 made up of many local community members to oversee the development of Moyola. In 1965 the first group of units were built – eight single and two double accommodation units. In 1971 another nine units were constructed in Kerferd Street, Tatura. These became known as Moyola Cottages.
In 1980 the federal government allocated $363,000 for the hostel to be constructed. An architect was appointed and working drawings were completed in 1981. During this time committee members had been able to raise a further $86,000 towards construction. In May 1983 the first residents moved into the hostel, which became Moyola Lodge.
It wasn’t long before Moyola Lodge was fully occupied. It was determined an expansion to the facility was required to meet the growing demand in the community for aged care accommodation. Further wings were constructed in 1989 (Pyke Wing) and 2001 (Kuhnle Wing). Existing wings were named after Mr. J.H Trevaskis and Mr. J. A Ford.
In 1997, land was purchased on Dhurringile Road on the eastern side of Tatura for the construction of Moyola Gardens Retirement Village.
On 12th May 2001, local M.P Mrs. Sharman Stone officially opened Moyola Gardens. In late May 2001, our first resident moved into the village. Today the Village sits on a picturesque four hectare site with 36 homes designed for independent living.
In 2012, the Margaret Love wing was extended onto Moyola Lodge to accommodate residents with high-care needs who are living with dementia.
Moyola Lodge now has 43 beds offering quality aged care to people of Tatura and the wider community.