Echo Hill Wine Fundraising Offer

100% Proceeds from wine sale to be donated to Community Northern Beaches

“Dear wine loving friends,

We at Echohill Vineyard have carefully matured some fabulous Chardonnay and Shiraz since 2012, and to help out some of the many people that are suffering hardship from the COVID19 virus we are offering the chance to acquire these wines that normally sell for $200 per case (and are rated 90-92 by James Halliday) to you for only $50 per case, delivered to your door (Sydney Area Only). All proceeds after delivery costs will go straight to the Community Northern Beaches to help support their Homeless Outreach Program.

We have a select number of cases of 2012, 2014 &2015 Chardonnay, and 2014 & 2015 Shiraz, all hand picked and matured in French Oak barrels.

If you would like to take up this offer then please email Sarah ( with the following information:
– how many cases you would like
– Your name, phone number and address

Then, kindly deposit your funds to the account below (ie. number of cases x $50 each). Your contribution will be much appreciated.

Echohill Farm

BSB: 032102

ACC: 659806

Many thanks

Steve, Sarah, Glen, Cath, David and Megan – The Day, Butler, Epper families”

Echo Hill Vineyard

Echo Hill Vineyard

‘Love Bites’ helps Young People Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence

‘Love Bites’ is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program. The program comes at no cost to schools or students. ‘Love Bites’ is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.

Community Northern Beaches staff; Jan Schatz, Anona Le Page, Daniel Peterson and Tina Hicks, all facilitated the ‘Love Bites’ Respectful Relationship Program to the year 10 Cohort (150 students) at The Forest High School last month with 7 other facilitators from local service providers.

Young people have an important role to play in breaking cycles of violence. By challenging the sexist attitudes and behaviours of young people, and promoting respectful relationships, we can stop the violence before it starts.

Love Bites’ is facilitated throughout NSW by local service providers such as sexual assault workers, domestic violence workers, youth workers and police liaison officers.

‘Love Bites’ program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault and Consent followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning. These workshops fit within the PDHPE curriculum in NSW.

Community Northern Beaches staff are looking forward to our next facilitation coming up at the end of this month at Killarney High.

For some, what happens behind closed doors is often a very different reality.


Suzanne has a beautiful house, gorgeous children going to the right schools, paid for by the charming husband who everyone likes. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends. The publicly attentive and loving husband. However, behind closed doors it is a different story….

The husband likes rough sex, really rough sex. No-one sees the marks around Suzanne’s neck she hides with beautiful scarves or understands why she never wears shorts or sleeveless clothing.

Suzanne does not know she has a choice to leave. She does not know that this behaviour has a name She does not know that she has a right to a life with healthy interaction and mutual respect. She does not know that she has the right to choose who her friends are, and when she can see them.

Suzanne does not know she has the right to know how much her husband earns, with transparency and access to their financial affairs. She does not know how much longer she can do this or how she can leave. She is too ashamed and embarrassed to tell anyone. What would their friends think? She must be crazy to leave such a wonderful life.

If you or someone you know can see a little or a lot of their personal story in Suzanne’s, Community Northern Beaches is here to help. The name for this behaviour is abuse and Community Northern Beaches’ team of qualified professionals are here to help people such as Suzanne rebuild their lives and learn that they deserve only healthy relationships. We understand that the journey will not be an easy one, but we will be there every step of the way.

If you would like to know more, please drop into our centre Mon-Fri 10am-3pm or call us on 9977 1066.

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Northern Beaches DV & Zonta Northern Beaches Annual Breakfast 2018

The 2018 Annual Northern Beaches DV Network and Zonta Northern Beaches Breakfast was held on White Ribbon Day, 23 November, at the The International Management College, Manly. It was wonderful to see over 150 attendees from the local community come together to help stand up and speak out against violence against women.

It was particularly great to see support from Manly Police Station, Manly & Warringah Rugby Clubs, as well as students from local high schools. All of these organisations are in a position to influence the future and help towards solving this terrible problem.

Community Northern Beaches staff pictured with members of Manly Police and Guest Speaker, Jen Armstrong (far right)

Community Northern Beaches staff pictured with members of Manly Police and Guest Speaker, Jen Armstrong (far right)

Guest Speaker, Jen Armstrong is a strong, educated working mother of three who is also a Domestic Violence Survivor. It was an honour to hear her speak. Jen told us how social workers and police officers helped her walk away from an abusive relationship and rebuild a healthy life for her and her children. Jen rebuilt her life to complete her university education, establish the The Beauty Bank, establish a career in sports management and to become 2016 NSW Woman of the Year.

We also had the honour of Guest Speaker Lisa McAdams sharing her experiences as a Domestic Violence Survivor. Unfortunately Lisa was kept in Melbourne due to extreme weather conditions so was forced to live stream, but it did not stop the emotion felt in the room as Lisa shared her story. Lisa is a strategist, solutions consultant and author of the book “Domestic Violence – Changing Cultures, Saving Lives”.

Thanks to Zonta for organising the raffle and to the local woman who generously donated a day on the harbour for live auction. Well over $2000 was raised and will be used towards the “Love Bites” programme run in local high schools by Community Northern Beaches.

There were 72 candles lit in tribute to the 72 women who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence and there was a call for all of us to stand up and speak out to our politicians to change laws and to our friends and communities to change attitudes so that this number does not continue to grow.

Community Spotlight on Anona Le Page (Nonnie)

Anona Le Page (Nonnie) is the Welfare and Domestic Violence Worker at Community Northern Beaches (CNB) . Nonnie has occupied this role for 6 years, and works closely with external and internal services to provide help and support for individuals whom have experienced domestic and family violence.

Nonnie’s job varies immensely, no situation is the same, some cases are more traumatic and complex than others, but they are all require urgent support.


“On one extreme I receive phone calls from women feeling they are in an unhappy marriage, but are unsure if their situation is identified as domestic violence to the other extreme – receiving a call from a women at Woolworths borrowing someone’s phone, who needed to be picked up as she had fled the house in her bathrobe.’”

Every client has a different and unique story, and requires an individual support plan to meet their specific needs. Nonnie provides face-to-face assistance, and also refers to external counselling and legal services.

Before working for Community Northern Beaches, Nonnie worked for several years in Cape Cod USA as a Case Manager for an organisation called Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) . This organisation delivered over 20 programs ranging from drug and alcohol rehabilitation, homeless shelters, crisis accommodation and home weatherisation for the tough winters there. Nonnie has been committed to working with people who need support for many years and has not lost compassion or motivation, appreciating the human connection that is developed with clients.

The statistics around domestic and family violence in Australia are alarming. Violence can take many forms such as sexual, emotional, financial, physical and psychological abuse. “The effects that psychological abuse can have on the victim can be just as damaging and traumatising for survivors as physical violence can be, sometimes more so.” says Nonnie.

With only one domestic and family violence worker at Community Northern Beaches, Nonnie is constantly busy. She admits it’s sometimes hard to shut off from her work, as she goes home she is often left wondering about the women who she has seen and helped that week. Nonnie states that one of the best parts of her job is when someone is able to escape a crisis situation and contact her to let her know they’re ok.

“I received a text last Sunday around 6am from a client who told me she’d escaped to a safe place with her children. She was texting to tell me that she had made it and was safe and unpacking. It gave me goose bumps, it honestly made my day.”

Looking forward to the future Nonnie says the centre needs better free legal representation for survivors of domestic and family violence. Many domestic and family violence survivors don’t qualify for free legal services as their name can be legally tied to financial documents, even though they have no access to that money or assets. “Even just five hours of free legal services to these women would help them navigate what is a very overwhelming process.”

Community Northern Beaches also offers a support program called ‘Building Blocks’ which is designed for women in the process of, or who have recently left, situations of domestic and family violence. The workshop is run 4 times per year and runs for approximately 6 weeks, free of charge. For more information on this workshop, or to access any of our services please call 9977 1066.

If this article or any issues surrounding domestic and family violence has resonated with you, or you think that the information could be beneficial to someone you know, please share.

Our door is open and support is always available from Monday- Friday, 10am-3pm at 12 Wentworth St Manly.

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