The Department of Justice and Community Safety established a Community Advisory Group in June 2017 to help guide development of the new youth justice centre and ensure the local community is informed and engaged as the project progresses.

Following an open call for expressions of interest from Wyndham community members in April 2017, four Wyndham community representatives have been appointed to the Community Advisory Group, as well as three Wyndham City Councillors and one council officer.

The Community Advisory Group also includes an Independent Chair and representatives from the local Indigenous community, the Department of Justice and Community Safety and Victoria Police.

The Community Advisory group will use their local connections to share information about the project with the Wyndham community and provide feedback from community members to the Youth Justice Redevelopment Project team and the government. They will also help to identify and shape future community engagement opportunities.

The group will meet regularly through the design and construction of the new youth justice centre.

Community Advisory Group members

Independent Chair

Justin Giddings

Justin Giddings

Justin is the Independent Chair of the Community Advisory Group and brings with him a wealth of experience on advisory boards and committees, including the Committee for Geelong. As the CEO of Avalon Airport Australia Pty Ltd and a Lara local, Justin has a deep knowledge of the region and community.

Starting out as an engineer, Justin has more than 20 years’ experience in aviation. He has significant international business experience with the ability to work closely with a wide range of stakeholders with diverse needs and priorities.

Members

Marisa Berton

Marisa Berton

Marisa is a local Wyndham business owner and resident with extensive experience in architecture, urban design and town planning.

Marisa has been actively involved in the Wyndham community for more than 20 years and is currently Vice President of Rate Payers of Werribee South Inc. She is involved with a number of other community groups and committees including Wyndham City’s Rural District Advisory Committee.

Marisa has extensive networks in the Wyndham community and has experience advocating to local and state governments and planning authorities.

Lisa Heinrichs

Lisa Heinrichs

Lisa has lived in Wyndham for 40 years and is known for her contribution to the local community through advocacy and volunteering.

Lisa has strong links to a large and diverse cross-section of the Wyndham community, from residents through to community groups and leaders, business and Council.

Lisa’s extensive local network and understanding of local issues was demonstrated through her role as Chair of the Speak Out Wyndham campaign.

Les Sanderson

Les Sanderson is heavily involved in the Little River community and grew up in Little River.

He has built very strong relationships within the Little River community and has demonstrated deep knowledge of the community.

Les is a member of the Wyndham City Rural District Advisory Board which aims to bridge the communication gap between Council and the local community.

Les was awarded the Little River Lions Club Community Award in 2016, is a life member and past Secretary and Treasurer of the of the Little River Youth Club.

Les is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Little River Mechanics Institute & Free Library Inc. and is a trustee of the Rothwell Cemetery Trust.

Les is also the President of the Little River Historical Society Inc.

Barbara McLure

Barbara McLure

Barbara is the CEO of the Committee for Wyndham. The Committee brings together influential businesses, community organisations, government and individuals to work together to promote and enhance the social, environmental, economic and cultural wellbeing of the broader Wyndham community. As CEO for the Committee for Wyndham, Barbara represents the interests of members and the wider Wyndham community and has an extensive network of individuals, businesses and other organisations in the local area.

John Menegazzo

John Menegazzo

John is a Wyndham resident, former local business owner and former Wyndham City Councillor, serving as Mayor in 2010–2011. John has strong ties to the Wyndham community – including in agriculture and business – and currently sits on the Wyndham Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Committee. He has been involved in numerous committees and community groups over the past 35 years, including the Committee for Wyndham, the Wyndham Social Justice Coalition, the Werribee Rotary Club and the Werribee South Strategic Planning Group.

Martin Allison

Martin Allison

Inspector Allison is the Local Area Commander of the Wyndham Police Service Area, in the Victoria Police North West Metropolitan area. He has more than 36 years’ experience in policing.

As the most senior police officer in Wyndham, Inspector Allison has a strong understanding of the local community. Inspector Allison has well-established networks across a number of sectors and a particular passion for working with young people, council and community and government partners to address
youth offending.

Peter Maynard

Peter Maynard

Iramoo Ward Councillor, Peter Maynard was first elected to Council in 2012 and was Wyndham’s Mayor in 2014–15. Councillor Maynard is Council’s Sports Development portfolio holder and is also Council’s delegated representative on a number of internal and external advisory committees, including LeadWest Ltd.

Kim McAliney

Kim McAliney

Harrison Ward Councillor, Kim McAliney is Wyndham’s Deputy Mayor for 2016–17 and was first elected to Council in 2005. Councillor McAliney also served as Wyndham City Mayor in 2007–8 and 2011–12 as well as Deputy Mayor in 2009–10. Councillor McAliney is Council’s Safer Communities portfolio holder, and Council’s delegated representative on a number of internal and external advisory committees, including the Community Safety Roundtable. She also serves as a Justice of the Peace and Bail Justice.

Walter Villagonzalo

Walter Villagonzalo

Chaffey Ward Councillor, Walter Villagonzalo was elected to Wyndham City Council in 2016. Councillor Villagonzalo is heavily involved in Wyndham’s migrant community and is the founder and President of The Migrant Hub. Councillor Villagonzalo is Council’s Future Focused Economy portfolio holder and is also Council’s delegated representative on a number of internal and external advisory committees, including the Western Region Environment Centre. He is a member of Victoria’s state Ministerial Council for Volunteers.

Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker

Natalie is Head of Strategy and Policy Impact at Wyndham City Council. Natalie is a public policy and planning specialist with a breadth of experience in integrated sustainable development, strategic planning, advocacy, statutory planning, community and stakeholder engagement.

Allison Will

Allison is the Acting Executive Director of the Department of Justice and Regulation’s North West Metropolitan Area.

Allison has responsibility for the delivery of justice services in the region, which includes the City of Wyndham, where the department has a large Justice Service Centre in Synnot Street, Werribee.

Allison has extensive experience in criminal law and has held a number of corporate roles within the Department of Justice and Regulation throughout her career. Allison has extensive networks across the government and justice sectors.

Garry Jackson

Garry Jackson

Garry is the Project Director with the Department of Justice and Regulation who is responsible for the delivery of the new youth justice centre in Wyndham. Garry has been involved in a number of large-scale infrastructure projects, including the Metropolitan Remand Centre, Hopkins Correctional Centre Expansion Project and the Ravenhall Correctional Centre. Garry has been a resident of Wyndham City for more than 30 years and brought up his family there.

Lenard Norman

Lenard Norman

Lenard is the Director of Youth Justice Custodial Services with the Department of Justice and Regulation. Lenard has extensive experience in justice settings and is responsible for the delivery of youth justice custodial services at Victoria’s two current youth justice centres, Parkville and Malmsbury.

Richard Wittmack

Richard Wittmack

Richard is the Director of the Major Programs and Projects Office at the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Richard is responsible for major infrastructure projects being delivered by the Department of Justice and Regulation, including the new youth justice centre in Wyndham. Richard has extensive corporate and government experience.