A steering committee made up of Wagga leaders and influencers has been established to help change community norms, attitudes and behaviours towards women.
Led by Wagga City Council, it’s aiming to highlight the link between inequity, disrespect and domestic violence, and address the city’s alarming statistics.
Wagga’s domestic violence rates currently sit around 29 percent above the NSW average, with the development of the project and steering committee coming at a critical time.
The members of the Equity Steering Committee are:
· Michael McCormack, Federal Member for Riverina
· Dr Joe McGirr, State Member for Wagga Wagga
· Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM
· Jenny Rolfe, Wagga Women’s Health Centre
· Gail Meyer, Wagga Women’s Health Centre
· Phil Malligan, Local Area Command
· Melissa Neal, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network
· Andrew Crakanthorp, Riverina Water General Manager
· Stacey Jenkins, Charles Sturt University
· Kerrie Gale, NSW Department of Education
· Belinda Crain, Multicultural Council
· James Bolton, Riverina Murray Department of Premier and Cabinet
· Mark Calverley, CEO Southern Sports Academy
· Janice Summerhayes, Wagga Wagga City Council Director Community
· Fiona Piltz, Wagga Wagga City Council Manager People and Culture
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help and advice is available via 1800 RESPECT.