Newcastle as a Restorative City Initiative

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The Newcastle as a Restorative City Initiative aims to transform Newcastle into a restorative city by building social cohesion and healthy communities. This has been fostered by an increased need for social, cultural and economic renewal in Newcastle to address the pockets of disadvantage in relation to unemployment, income, education, housing, child welfare, and criminal justice. Newcastle Law School is working towards initiating this change by working collaboratively with a growing network of community partners to support the proposed social and cultural transformation of Newcastle. The transformation of Newcastle into a restorative city is an innovative project that requires ongoing support from across the community for a change to a restorative culture to occur and to ensure that sustainable and useful strategies can be adopted across the community.

The Initiative aims to achieve the proposed transformation of Newcastle by working with key community stakeholders and individuals through the Project Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC seeks to develop strategies and projects that will gradually introduce restorative justice and restorative practice initiatives into different sectors throughout Newcastle. Mutual and ongoing support is provided through the PAC for the work of individuals and organisations that seeks to transform policies and practices to involve a restorative framework.

It is anticipated that the Initiative will result in Newcastle becoming a happier and safer city where residents can productively and effectively address harm and inappropriate behaviour. In the criminal justice system, it is anticipated that there will be less offending, decreased recidivism, increased rehabilitation of offenders and greater victim and offender satisfaction with the process. Additionally, it is anticipated that members of the community will be provided with skills to effectively build relationships and resolve disputes, which aim to result in greater well being, social coherence, and improved educational and social outcomes. Workplaces and organisations will have improved communication skills, greater productivity and strengthened relationships.

The current members of the PAC are:

  • Alison Calvert (NSW Department of Justice)
  • Ann Apps (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • Ben Clark (Red Cross Australia)
  • Brett Greentree (Newcastle Police)
  • Bronwyn Ambrogetti (Hunter Community Legal Centre)
  • Carl Anderson (Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), UoN)
  • Carmen Wells (Corrective Services)
  • Carol Bowen (Department of Defence)
  • Christopher Saunders (Renew Newcastle)
  • Djoeke van Loon (Mobility and Scholarships, UoN)
  • Evelyn King (Newcastle Now)
  • Gemma Edgar (Student Living, UoN)
  • Geraldine Moran (Centre for Hope)
  • Ian Rodgers (Legal Aid Newcastle)
  • Jamie-Lee Costa (Student Living, UoN)
  • Jennifer Waterhouse (Newcastle Business School, UoN)
  • Jessica Cocks (Life Without Barriers)
  • Joel McGregor (School of Humanities and Social Science, UoN)
  • John Anderson (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • John McDonald (Proactive Resolutions)
  • John Gralton (Newcastle Police)
  • Judy Stanley (Juvenile Justice NSW)
  • Justine Cogan (Octapod, Development Manager)
  • Kerrell Bourne (Family Action Centre)
  • Kerrie Thompson (VOCAL)
  • Louise Rak (Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed., UoN)
  • Marie New (FACS)
  • Mary Porter (NED Inc.)
  • Matt Garrett (Relationships Australia)
  • Dr Murray Webber (HNE Health)
  • Nathan Towney (Newcastle High School)
  • Magistrate Nell Skinner (Broadmeadow Children’s Court)
  • Nicola Ross (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • Paul Nield (St Brigid’s Catholic College)
  • Penny Jane Burke (Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed., UoN)
  • Peter Moulds (Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College)
  • Rachael McDermott (Campus Care, UoN)
  • Judge Roy Ellis (NSW District Court)
  • Sally Dooner (Family Action Centre)
  • Samuel Woldemariam (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • Sarah May (Relationships Australia)
  • Scott Parker (Newcastle Police)
  • Sharon Wilkinson (Newcastle Police)
  • Shaun McCarthy (UoN Legal Centre)
  • Sheena Roberts (Department of Education)
  • Sher Campbell (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • Sidsel Grimstad (Newcastle Business School, UoN)
  • Sonia Anderson (McDonald Johnson Lawyers)
  • Steve Laksa (Newcastle Police)
  • Susan Dredge (Australian Taxation Office)
  • Tamara Blakemore (School of Humanities and Social Science, UoN)
  • Tania Sourdin (Newcastle Law School, UoN)
  • Judge Tanya Bright (NSW District Court)
  • Teena Skelton (Department of Education)
  • Judge Tim Gartelmann (NSW District Court)
  • Tony Brown (Newcastle LDAT)
  • Will Rifkin (Hunter Research Foundation Centre)