The Illawarra Mercury reporting team is bringing you a weekly series of behind-the-scenes stories, exclusive to our subscribers. Today, editor Julian O'Brien reveals plans for a new campaign and special exhibition to be launched later in the year.
In March this year, the Mercury partnered with the Illawarra Women's Health Centre on the #RoadToRecovery campaign.
That campaign was designed to call for government support for the design of the Illawarra Women's Trauma Recovery Centre, a regional service which would be a national leader in providing services and support to victims of domestic violence.
Days later after announcing the campaign the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard committed $50,000 in funding for the centre's design.
The next stage of that campaign is almost ready and that will involve calling for local people to provide support in lobbying various levels of government to take this centre from a dream to a reality.
To launch and support the campaign, which will now be called Voices For Change, a special photographic exhibition will be held in Wollongong in November.
The exhibition will feature images taken by Illawarra Mercury photographer Sylvia Liber (pictured) of people who will share their personal experiences with domestic violence.
We hope to have some special subscriber opportunities for the exhibition launch and will bring you more details over the coming months.
It is hoped the exhibition will be launched on November 25, the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.