Staff get charitable to support women’s wellbeing

DEW staff across the state showed their support for the prevention of domestic violence by taking part in a number of special activities on White Ribbon Day last month.

Natural Resources South East staff showing ‘NO’ tolerance for domestic violence

It included everything from donating handbags filled with essential hygiene products, to taking part in community marches, to physically spelling out a human ‘NO’.

Here’s a recap of how our people took action on White Ribbon Day:

For the third year in a row, Natural Resources South East made their intentions clear about having no tolerance for domestic violence, using their bodies to shape out the word ‘NO’. All up, 77 staff have taken part in this activity over the three years.

Natural Resources South Australian Murray Darling Basin staff, combined with DEW Water Licensing staff from Berri, banded together to contribute to the Share the Dignity ‘It’s in the Bag’ Christmas Appeal. They donated 32 handbags filled with essential hygiene products – plus a few extra treats – for women, new mums and girls who are homeless or living in volatile or challenging environments. It’s the third year in a row that Natural Resources SAMDB have supported Share the Dignity campaign.

In the Waymouth Street office in Adelaide, staff donated essential items that made up 88 care bags for the Essentials4WomenSA program, which will be distributed at women’s shelters and to low income families in need. A collection in the office ground floor foyer also netted another $76 that was donated to the charity.

In Adelaide, 19 staff attended the White Ribbon Breakfast. The event brought together a diverse and interactive panel from across AFL, AFLW, NRL and Soccer to promote the positive role men can play in fostering respect and gender equality across our sporting cultures.  

While White Ribbon Day on November 22 was a great opportunity to put a spotlight on the cause, it’s important to keep the conversation going year-round. DEW staff undertake a range of activities throughout the year that also contributes to the prevention of domestic violence.

White Ribbon update

Staff may have seen in recent media that White Ribbon Australia was placed into voluntary liquidation.

White Ribbon Australia has now been acquired by Communicare Inc., a Western Australian-based organisation that has provided family and domestic violence services for more than 20 years.

Further information can be found in this media release

Senior Hydrogeologist Enys Watt, Senior Policy Officer Harshini Samarakoon and Correspondence and Reporting Officer Koral Lane collecting items at the Waymouth Street Office

Water Licensing Assessment and Compliance Officer Todd Goodman, Water Licensing Assessment and Compliance Officer Andy Hansen, Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer Jeremy Nelson, Investment Support Project Officer Kathy Hill, Water Licensing Officer Tina Gadaleta, Finance Officer Diann Thiele and Administration Officer Meloney Isaacs with the Share the Dignity donations.