New chief busy with funding challenges

Chief executive Steve Parry and Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and the |Community manager Kelda Oppermann.
Chief executive Steve Parry and Positive Pathways to Safety for Women and the |Community manager Kelda Oppermann.

Former career public servant Steve Parry has a strong background working with marginalised and vulnerable people in the community.

The association offers crisis and transitional accommodation and support to women who have experienced family or domestic violence, mental health issues or homelessness.

The Positive Pathways program is a preventative program helping women to lead more independent, safer and fulfilling lives, partnering with other community service organisations to provide a one-door approach.

Mr Parry was chosen for the role to steer the women�s refuge into the future.

And there has been little time for him to settle in, with the need to secure ongoing funding requiring his immediate attention.

�Much of government funding is now outcomes-focused and the refuge sector is currently adapting to the change,� he said.

�Zonta House will need to demonstrate fiscal and program accountability and I need to develop people and organisational outcome measurements to drive continuous improvement.�

Zonta House will consider diversifying its funding sources.