Our organisation was established originally in 2005 by community members to manage the local women’s refuge envisioning “a fair and respectful community free of gender and cultural disadvantage, in which the abuse of women and children, by men is prevented and eliminated.”
Whilst we no longer manage the women's refuge in Moruya, Impact Eurobodalla continues to operate as an Incorporated Association, governed by a voluntary Board of up to eight members who are representative of our community and elected by the Impact Eurobodalla Inc Association members at an Annual General Meeting.
The current Board membership (elected October 2018) is:
Chairperson Winsome Willow (Counsellor/Consultant)
Deputy Chairperson Brian Beveridge (Program Manager, Yumaro)
Treasurer Kerry Preo (Manager, Southern Cross Community Housing)
Secretary Anne McAsh (Manager, Eurobodalla Homelessness Support Service)
Director David Grace (Community member)
Public Officer Francesca Davis (Business Coordinator, Impact Eurobodalla)
During our time as the Refuge managers, we were instrumental in introducing and managing several evidence based awareness, early intervention and therapeutic activities in support of those impacted by domestic and family violence, and homelessness.
In 2010, as MWACS Inc, we achieved registration as a NSW Community Housing Provider under the Housing Act 2001 (NSW). That same year, we reshaped the women’s refuge and domestic violence outreach programs and created a specialist workforce of case managers with better capacity to respond to the challenges of increasingly complex and high needs clients.
In 2014, we received service support funding from the NSW Government, Family & Community Services to enable the Impact Eurobodalla activity.