Housing Plus is pleased to announce that Newcrest Mining Limited has become a major sponsor for the Domestic Violence Crisis Centre.
The White Tie Ball, organised by Housing Plus, took place on Friday 5th May at Orange ExServices Club which was raising money to help build a domestic violence crisis centre in Orange.
Housing Plus were thrilled to invite Newcrest Limited to attend the ball where they announced Newcrest Limited as a gold sponsor for the crisis centre with a donation of $75,000.
Peter Sharpe, General Manager of Cadia Valley Operations said ‘Cadia is proud to be the first major sponsor of such an important facility, and it is hoped our commitment encourages other local business to get on board and show support for the Domestic Violence Crisis Centre.’
There is currently no Crisis Centre in the Canobolas LAC for women and children that have been assessed by Police as being at ‘serious threat of further injury or death’. In 2015-16, there were 445 women and 270 known children that met this criteria.
Without a Crisis Centre, women are deterred from leaving violence, sometimes opting to stay in the relationship rather than leave Orange and surrounds to find safe refuge. The only alternative is temporary accommodation in local motels, but these are a poor substitute for the support offered through a 24-hour Crisis Centre, and do not provide adequate or safe facilities for women with children, so that they can be supported to leave the violent and controlling relationship rather than return to the cyclical violence.
Justin Cantelo, Director of Strategy & Business Development at Housing Plus, says, “It is great to see local organisations supporting such a worthwhile cause and helping make the domestic violence crisis centre possible.”
 ‘Housing Plus approached Cadia’s Community Partnership Committee to assist funding the construction of a Domestic Violence Crisis Centre in Orange. The committee were shocked to learn there is currently no Crisis Centre in the Canobolas Local Area Command for women and children that have been assessed by Police as being at ‘serious threat of further injury or death’. Peter Sharpe, General Manager of Cadia Valley Operations