Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, has today unveiled yet another worthwhile community project in the Shellharbour electorate, funded under the Community Building Partnerships Program (CBP).

The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre received $20,930 towards the upgrade of its garden and outdoor space, under the 2016 round of the Community Building Partnerships Program.

Work has only recently been completed on the outdoor space at the premises in Warilla, bringing to fruition a lovely new greenspace that will enable the centre to respond to the growing demand on its services and programs, whilst also providing a functional and comfortable safe haven for its clients.

For over 30 years, the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre has been providing essential support and services to those women affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. With demand on this service alarmingly on the increase, the centre is bursting at the seams.

Shellharbour is one of the top 5 hotspots in NSW for domestic violence. Between 2010 and 2014, domestic violence reports rose 2.7 percent across NSW. In the Illawarra they rose 6.2 percent.

On busy days, the centre can have up to 80 women trying to access its premises in Warilla. This renovation will provide a healthy outdoor space for both clients and staff to access.

The Community Building Partnerships Program was established by the former State Labor Government in 2009 and continues to deliver much needed funding to local not-for-profit groups for important community infrastructure.


Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP, Member for Shellharbour:

“Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with so many wonderful organisations that do such important work for our local community. It is great to be able to give back and see their projects come to fruition”.

“The Illawarra Women’s Health Centre provides such a significant and vital service to women in our local community.

“I trust that this newly renovated outdoor space will go a long way towards helping to alleviate some of the constraints on their services”.


Quotes attributable to Sally Stephenson, General Manager, Illawarra Women’s Health Centre:

“By expanding the useable, welcoming and safe space at the women’s health centre we are directly supporting women from our region to lead healthy meaningful lives free from violence.”

“We are very thankful for the funding provided to our organisation under the Community Building Partnerships Program and are so pleased to see this project finally completed. It will provide both our clients and our staff with a functional yet relaxed space to unwind.”


22 September 2017