WHO WE ARE

Zoe Support Australia is a not-for-profit Community Service Organisation that has operated in Mildura, VIC and surrounds since 2013. We are dedicated to the benevolent relief of social isolation, poverty, ill health, destitution and distress of young mothers (aged 13-25) and their children in order to re-engage mothers in education, employment and social programs. We offer a culture of Connecting, Inspiring, Learning.

 

Our staff and volunteers will support you on your journey into motherhood and education. We believe that when you are connected and inspired you can learn and achieve great things. 

 

Our services and programs are open to all clients in celebration of race, language, marital status, country of origin, cultural background, political affiliation, religion, sexual and gender identity, disability, or those involved with the criminal justice system, except where specific service and/or program criteria are established.

 

OUR AIMS

Zoe Support Australia’s primary objectives are for mothers to break cycles of welfare-dependence, increase mother-child attachment and family stability, improve mental health and physical wellbeing, decrease incidents of family violence and substance abuse, engage in higher education, and find employment.

Zoe Support Australia offers clients a wraparound, holistic and place-based service. We provide advocacy, practical support, and assistance to enable higher education and employment outcomes and develop confidence, self-esteem and personal skills. Our services aim to increase social connection, inspire mothers to achieve their goals and create opportunities for learning.

Zoe Support Team
 

AWARDS

  • Finalist HESTA Team Excellence Awards in Community Services  

  • Finalist Learn Local Pre-Accredited Program Award  

  • Winner HESTA Impact Awards – Outstanding Organisation 

  • Winner Community Achievement Awards for Regional Victoria - GOTAFE Community Education Award 

  • Winner VicHealth Victorian Health Promotion Award – Driving Health Equity category 

  • Winner Victorian Early Years Awards 2021 – Supporting Parents to Build Their Confidence & Capacity 

  • Winner in Family Day Care Australia Excellence Awards  - Regional Educator, Simone 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Gary Green

Chair

 

Gary has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for young people and schools. He has worked in the education sector for over 30 years in various roles since completing his Education degree, including principal for over 20 years. He has been State Councillor with the Victorian Principal Association, and Chair of several other Principal Associations. He was the Youth Coordinator for Mildura Rural City Council and coordinated the FLO Connect Reengagement Centre. He is now semi-retired and became the Chair of the Zoe Support Australia Board in March 2022. 

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William Trimble

Director

 

Will is passionate about community development and access to appropriate services for all community members. He was employed at Department of Human Services predominately in the Community Services field for over 10 years. Recognising that education is often the factor in improving people’s lives and the key to broadening choices and opportunities, Will transitioned to the Department of Education and Training and worked within the Adult Community and Further Education area for 4 years based in Bendigo. He then moved to Mildura to take up an opportunity with SuniTAFE before transitioning back to the Department of Education and Training as the Jobs Skills & Pathways Manager for the Mallee. Will has a strong social justice focus with a particular interest in gender equity and indigenous affairs. Will has sat on many Boards and is currently also a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Bendigo Health ensuring the Mallee’s perspective is considered. 

Philip Webster

Philip Webster

Director

 

Philip is a specialist general medical practitioner who has worked in a family practice in Mildura for more than 40 years.  Philip brings extensive governance skills and medical and community knowledge to the board. He has served on several NFP Boards, as a Director and Chair, and on Audit and Risk Committees. Philip is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently appointed to the Credentialing Committee for Mildura Base Public Hospital. Philip was the inaugural Chair of Zoe Support Australia Board from 2012-2022. 

Jenny Garonne

Director

 

Jenny has significant business, community and regional development experience through leadership positions held in local, state and federal governments over the last 25 years. She has also been involved in many Board positions and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jenny’s qualifications include an Executive Masters in Public Administration and she is a Fellow CPA. 

Heather Young

Director/Secretary

 

Heather volunteered for Zoe Support attending Playgroup for 12 months before moving into the role of Family Day Care Educator. She is a Board Director and has carried the role of Secretary since 2017. Heather has completed a Diploma of Community Services and has been a therapeutic foster carer with Mallee Family Care for 15 years. Heather works as a Zoe Support Australia Family Day Care Educator.