New women’s refuge and crisis accommodation to be established in the Georges River area

07/06/2018

As a further commitment to supporting victims of domestic violence, Georges River Council has pledged to create a women’s refuge and crisis accommodation within the local government area.

The commitment to provide crisis accommodation follows the efforts of Councillor Leesha Payor who initiated the conversation with Council in December 2017 for the need of a facility that can provide a safe space for women and children in the area.

“There are many local government areas throughout the metropolitan area that provide facilities to help those who suffer from instances of domestic violence,” Councillor Payor said.

“Unfortunately such a facility does not exist in our local area. I believe this is something we need not just to help women and children, but to show they are not alone.”

“By providing crisis accommodation in the Georges River area, our Council can also show we take this issue seriously and are willing to do what it takes to keep our residents safe.”

Councillor Con Hindi said that providing a facility that can be a safe haven for women and children in need is a moral responsibility of Council.

“I believe that Council should provide for the vulnerable members of our community, and a women’s refuge is one way that we can do that,” he said.

Mayor of Georges River Council, Councillor Kevin Greene, said he was incredibly supportive of Councillor Payor’s efforts in initiating the idea and to Councillor Hindi for supporting the cause.

“Thanks to the efforts of both Councillors, Georges River Council will allocate $60,000 in the 2018/2019 budget to refurbish a Council-owned residential property, which will enable it to be utilised for women’s crisis and refuge accommodation,” Councillor Greene said.

“This facility will then be managed by qualified professionals to ensure those needing a safe place have the care and support they need.”

“I would also like to acknowledge Councillor Warren Tegg for contributing to this facility by asking Council to further support the refuge by funding the provision of sanitary products,” he added.

“Domestic violence is a very serious issue so I encourage those who are affected by it or knows someone who is to call the Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 65 64 63 or to visit your nearest Police Station.”