I am incredibly pleased the NSW Government has today confirmed that a new Women’s Shelter will be established on the Northern Beaches. The project, confirmed following a question I asked during Question Time today, will help deliver four new self-contained units for women and children escaping domestic and family violence on the Northern Beaches.
Work on the new self-contained units, to be located in Mona Vale and funded under the Core and Cluster program, is expected to be complete in December this year with the units to be operational soon after.
Domestic and family violence ruins lives and I am committed to fighting for services to support women and children in these shocking circumstances in Wakehurst, the Northern Beaches and across the state.
I want to thank the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter, especially Manager Narelle Hand and Chair Rosy Sullivan, for all their work providing support services to women and children suffering domestic and family
violence and their sustained advocacy to expand the capacity of support services on the Northern Beaches. This local organisation was one of the applicants for this project.
In making the announcement, I also welcome comments made by the Minister for Women, Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jodie Harrison MP who reiterated the Minns Government’s support for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence in Wakehurst and on the Northern Beaches.
In my 15 years as Mayor of Northern Beaches Council, I worked hard to expand women’s refuges and services for women fleeing domestic and family violence on the Northern Beaches and commit to continuing
to do so as the Independent MP for Wakehurst. It’s a sad reality that these services and facilities are required and worse, expanding because of the demand. Tranche 3 applications will close soon, and I am working closely with another local provider to increase capacity for crisis accommodation. The sooner we end domestic violence the better. That must always be our goal.
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