Wyndham Networks

If you would like to attend or present at one of the networks below, please contact the professional who is listed as the convener.





Chair / Convener

Werribee Football Club Community Development Committee

Network that brings together local agencies to oversee the Werribee Football Club’s community development agenda

Closed Network.


Mark Penaluna
General Manager
Werribee Football Club

Ph: 9741 6688

Wyndham Alliance for Mental Health

Network for agencies that work with people with a mental illness (not just strictly mental health service providers).

Focus of the group includes:

  • Strategic/advocacy work
  • Information sharing/support
  • Some project work

Open to all people who work with people with mental illness.


Mel Hare
Day Program Coordinator
Mental Illness Fellowship

Ph: 9742 9600

Wyndham Child and Family Services Network

The purpose of this network is to provide a forum for agencies and practitioners to collaborate, share resources and information and advocate for the development of high quality connected services for children and families in Wyndham.

Open to any agency that provides services to children aged between 0-12 and their families in Wyndham.


Children’s Services Planner
Wyndham City

Ph: 9742 0777

Wyndham Community Food Network

Network that brings together agencies in the local area with a focus on improving local food security by promoting and enabling secure, equitable access to nutritious food for all Wyndham residents

Open membership for agencies who are based in Wyndham and interested in food security.


Catherine Gatto
Health Promotions Officer – Healthy Cities
Wyndham City

Ph: 8734 5488

Wyndham Disability Support Network

More information coming soon!




Wyndham Family Violence Committee

Network for agencies that work with people experiencing family violence in Wyndham.

Focus of the group includes:

  • Strategic/advocacy work
  • Information sharing
  • Networking and peer support

Open to agencies that support individuals/families experiencing family violence in Wyndham.


Sandra Inserra
Counselling Services Team Leader

Ph: 9731 2540

Wyndham Humanitarian Network

A network aiming to provide an integrated settlement service to newly arrived migrants and refugees to Wyndham.

There are six working groups also attributed to this network:

  • Education
  • Employment and Training
  • Events
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Legal, Housing and Consumer Issues
  • Youth

Open membership to agencies working with migrant and newly arrived people in Wyndham.

Every six weeks

Jennie Barerra
Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Community and Education Centre Inc.

Ph: 9742 4013

Wyndham Senior Alliance

The Wyndham Senior Alliance is a whole-of-Wyndham partnership of services that work with young people who live, work or study in Wyndham City. It brings together the decision makers to collaborate and share information on services for young people and how they can be improved.

The roles of the Alliance include:

  • Act as a central coordination point for services and networks of relevance to young people in Wyndham
  • Collaboratively identify local priorities, emerging  trends and issues (for services and young people)
  • Work together to form local solutions to identified needs.

Closed membership

though requests for inclusion are welcomed from senior representatives from key

local agencies, local and state government.


Vanessa Riolo
Coordinator - Youth Services
Wyndham City

Ph: 8734 1355

Wyndham Workers with Young People Network

The network is facilitated by Wyndham City Youth Services and has two key components: regular network meetings and email distribution list.

There are around 7 network meetings a year open to all workers to attend.

The meetings aim to provide learning, information sharing and networking opportunities for local workers and involve the following key components:

  • Presentations from local providers or other experts on a particular topic
  • Workshops
  • Formal information sharing
  • Informal networking time 


Open membership

for any organisation working with youth in Wyndham.



Ruth Mihelcic / Patricia Taylor
Youth Services
Wyndham City

Ph: 8734 1355


Regional Networks

If you would like to attend or present at one of the networks below, please contact the professional who is listed as the convener.





Chair / Convener

Counselling Peer Support Network

An opportunity for all counsellors within the local area to network, support one another, share ideas and reflect upon client trends.


Qualified and practicing counsellors


Diana Inkret
Youth Counsellor
Hobsons Bay City Council


Interface Council Youth Network

More information coming soon!


Learning Beyond the Bell  (LBB)

An opportunity for homework club staff to meet others who are working in the field, featuring guest speakers and resources in a range of relevant topics.


Coordinators and staff of Homework programs

Once per term



Rosie Goethel
Western Region Officer
Learning Beyond the Bell

(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Ph: 9091 8235

North & West Metropolitan Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group


A group aiming to work together holistically to reduce the incidence and impact of Family Violence and strengthen communities by ensuring that all members have access to culturally competent programs specific to their needs.


Restricted to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 18 who live or work in the North or West Sub regions of Metropolitan Melbourne.

Non Indigenous people who work or reside in this catchment area may join as associate members


Helena Gonebale
Department of Human Services

Ph: 9412 5390
Ph: 9412 5368



A network promoting a shared agenda and platform for information sharing and action on the keys issues of importance for Same Sex Attracted and Sex & Gender Diverse (SSASGD) Young People aged 12 – 25 years across the seven municipalities in the Western Region.

Group members take turns in hosting the meeting at a location within their organisation. The host organisation is responsible for arranging a suitable room and taking minutes, however they are not required to provide catering.


Youth, health, community and government services and organisations or service providers that have an interest in resource sharing, service collaboration and coordination across the seven municipalities in Melbourne’s West.

Invitations will be issued on an agreed and as required basis. 


Bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 10 – 11:30am 


Conveners for 2013 yet to be announced.


Alison McRoberts
Clinical Services Manager

Ph: 9304 1011

Travis Walton
Youth Outreach Worker
Brimbank Youth Services

Ph: 9091 8272

South West Mental Health Alliance

A network that is part of the state-wide Mental Health Alliances Initiative, for agencies that work with people with a mental illness. The Alliance’s focus includes:

  • Strategic/advocacy work
  • Information sharing/support
  • Some project work

Selected organisations working in Mental Health



Mario Blandin de Chalain
Mercy Mental Health

Ph: 99287409

Western FaMHNet

A network focused on ensuring ongoing communication and information sharing between agencies regarding carer and family initiatives and support services.

Staff employed by organisations serving the DoH mental health areas of Mid West, South West and Inner West; and the relevant Local Government Associations of Brimbank, Hobson’s Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and parts of Hume and Melbourne councils.


Every 2-3 monthly or as needed

Alice L. Berliner
Chief Social Worker
Inner West Area Mental Health Service - Royal Melbourne Hospital

Ph: 9377 3400

Trevor Ball
A/Chief Social Worker
Mid West Area Mental Health Service

Ph: 9288 7000


Western Region Local Government Reconciliation Network

A Network dedicated to strengthening the capacity of local government to carry out Reconciliation and Indigenous plans and strategies, and to undertake shared regional actions.

Staff from Maribyrnong City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Melbourne City Council, Melton Shire Council, Moonee Valley City Council and Wyndham Council who work with or for Indigenous people.


Brimbank City Council

Ph: 9249 4000

Western Local Government Region Youth Services Coordination Network

A network focused on:

  • Developing a consistent approach for planning and service delivery in the Western Region
  • Discussing planning and relevant issues
  • Peer support
  • Advocacy

Closed membership which is made up of

local government Youth Services Coordinators, Planners and Team Leaders.



Dimitria Katsikis
Brimbank City Council

Ph: 9091 8209






WynBay Local
Learning and
Network (LLEN)
Committee of
Management (CoM)

The WynBay LLEN is one of 31 LLENs funded by the State Government across Victoria (covering the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay municipalities) to support their objective that 94% of all young people will achieve Year 12 or its equivalent by 2015.


The CoM is responsible for ensuring that the WynBay LLEN complies in all respects with the Rules of the Association including its Statement of Purpose, all contracts entered into and all relevant legislation and regulations.

Membership of the LLEN is open, but limited with specifications on

representatives (i.e. local government, business, community, schools)


Dallian D’Cruz
Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 93946330




Know of a relevant Network that is not on the list?

If you are aware of a network which operates in the City of Wyndham or the Western Region and has a youth focus that is not represented in the tables above, or if you are aware of a change in information for one of the networks currently listed, please contact Wyndham City Youth Services on 8734 1155 or email us at