11 November 2020

Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — I rise today to acknowledge the essential work of the team at Killara Refuge, with whom I recently had the pleasure of meeting. Killara Refuge is an organisation that provides crisis accommodation and case management for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. They boast a dedicated team of support workers and case workers committed to assisting women with children who have escaped family violence, and have also fostered key partnerships with other specialised and mainstream services ensuring well rounded and individually tailored care. They provide safe shelter with individual rooms, and a client centred service founded on trauma informed and cultural competent practices, and values of empowerment, trust, and safety. Today their work is more important than ever, as we have observed increased rates of domestic violence this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Killara Refuge team for your incredible and tireless work supporting vulnerable members of our community.