Introducing the program day on Governance and Justice was Jason Modica, Deputy Mayor of the Mildura Rural City Council. With a brilliant demonstration of preparation and research, Councillor Modica shared with us his energetic, sharp and open perspective around the significance of governance frameworks, most effective when coupled with a questioning mind and approach. It was a great opportunity to absorb the example of a community leader who has truly stepped up with a greatly inspiring level of commitment and authenticity.
Executive Officer of Northern Mallee Leaders Inc
Jenny Grigg lead the room in providing a 2½ hour overview of governance and ethics in operating at Board and organisational levels. Based on years of Executive level experience Jenny provided an in depth exploration of what is good governance looks like in 2017, helping us prepare or better serve in Board positions, or whatever organisational structure we choose to participate in.
Superintendent Rebecca Olsen
After a classic Merbein Citizens Club lunch, where the club burger was stacked high with onion rings, bacon and high rise glossy round buns, we were ready for local Superintendant Rebecca Olsen’s account of where our district is at in terms of crime stats and police culture. With domestic violence here being the second highest of the state we considered what is it the community needs in intervention before people come in contact with law enforcement, keeping in mind intervention starts at the point of conception of a human being.
Dr Chelsea Todd
Department of Justice in Sunraysia
Dr. Chelsea Todd provided us with an overview of the Department of Justice in Sunraysia and the fact the Justice team has at least doubled in size in her 4 years here. Youth Justice Services are new to the State government justice team as well as there being different approaches required to different levels of those embroiled with the law – how each scenario needs to be considered based on it’s particular circumstance in considering application of law enforcement.
Exploration of Ethics
The 2017 participants then worked through a facilitated exploration of ethics, asking what are they, how do they work and do I have any? A key takeaway being whether you would be comfortable with your decision (in any given situation) being placed on the front page of the local newspaper, or would you undertake that decision if your child was watching you.
A big thank-you to the Merbein Citizen Club for hosting us on this day, and to program coordinator Rod Robinson for another program day where there is always something stirring and inspiring to take away.
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