Keith Castle is a man celebrating his age. Not just his own 82 years, but also the more general gift of an invaluable resource to share. In Keith’s own words, “As people grow older, there’s a huge amount of knowledge and ability that you shouldn’t waste.”

Photo of Keith Castle smiling


You can be sure he won’t, not a skerrick. Through a wonderful family life, a rewarding career and a relentless spirit of generosity, Keith Castle has actively promoted community welfare.

As a longtime Board member of Feros Care, he has worked to improve the lives of older Australians.

More often than not Keith’s are the first footprints on Pottsville’s Blackrock Beach. He’s out early walking, greeting the rising sun and the breaking waves as he strides along the sand.

“I like seeing the sun come up” Keith declares with a grin, “Reminds me that I’m still here on this earth and I can appreciate the beauty that I see.”

There’s also the chance to meet people, and Keith relishes a chat with an angler or a surfie as the sun’s climbing over the breakers.

“Meeting people in a natural environment like that is really great because you’re meeting them as they really are”, Keith suggests, “Sometimes if you meet them in the street people will look straight past you, but on the beach it’s different.”

Sharing experiences and enjoying the company of older people is special to Keith, “I think as people grow older there’s a huge amount of knowledge and ability that you shouldn’t waste. When you get to know them there’s a vast experience of life, experience of business, experience of sport just sitting there dormant, and to bring that out in people is really thrilling.”

He immediately peels off an example: “One person who I got to know quite well who was staying at the Feros village in Byron Bay. Now he was a very keen golfer. And he started telling me how the Byron Bay Golf Club was started. How he and two mates bought the land and built that beautiful golf course by voluntary labour! So here’s this person with all that historical knowledge of the town and everything that went with it, just a goldmine of knowledge and history and abilities”.

As a boy I saw Don Bradman bat on three occasions. The first time I saw him get a duck and I was the most disappointed kid on the cricket ground I think. But the next innings he made 212 and it got to the stage where I felt sorry for the bowlers! - Keith Castle

Exploring that seam of experience and knowledge has been a hallmark of Keith’s life. A distinguished business career in the tourism industry in Central Australia included starting and developing the highly successful companies Ross River Tours and Central Australian Tours. Keith was appointed a Commissioner for the NT Industry Training Commission and was awarded the Commission’s award his outstanding contribution to tourism in the Territory in 1991.

Keith has brought all of that insight and experience to the aged care industry through his work with Feros Care. A Board member for twenty years, he served as Chairman for twelve years from 1997-2009. Keith’s understanding of the demands of corporate governance and his commitment to service in the aged care field are unsurpassed.

Being healthy and fit in his eighties is the result of a life full of love, learning and activity. Keith can’t remember at time when he wasn’t on the go. “I love being active, it was bred into me, I reckon. Both my parents played bowls and tennis, and being a South Australian meant football and cricket were what you did. In fact, I played competitive cricket from when I was 13 until I was 55.

As a boy I saw Don Bradman bat on three occasions. The first time I saw him get a duck and I was the most disappointed kid on the cricket ground I think. But the next innings he made 212 and it got to the stage where I felt sorry for the bowlers!

- Keith Castle

Perhaps more than anything Keith loves being able to celebrate the generations of his loving family. As a boy he had only a brief time with grandparents, but now his own cup is overflowing.

“In the last twelve months I’ve had that wonderful feeling of being able to cuddle a great-grandson and two great-granddaughters. And, ah, you just think ‘Wow!’ It’s such a wonderful feeling.”

As for advice to his peers, Keith is typically straight forward, do what you do best and don’t be afraid to try new things: “It’s a wonderful thing when you start to grow older, you’ve got that little bit more experience and knowledge and wisdom. So use it. Keep fit, exercise, walk and enjoy the company of other people.”