WA Council on Homelessness

Shelter WA is pleased that Minister McGurk has appointed new and returning members to the 2021-2022 Term of the Western Australian Council on Homelessness (WACH).

The Council provides an important external advisory role to the Hon. Minister McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services providing the Minister with information on current and emerging issues affecting homelessness in Western Australia and solutions to address these.


Membership of the WACH includes:

| Reappointed Members

  • Samantha Drury, CEO St Bart’s (Chair)
  • Ms Michelle Mackenzie, CEO, Shelter WA; and
  • Ms Louise Giolitto; CEO, WACOSS.

| New Members

  • Ms Danni Forster, Founding Member, HYAC (Person with Lived Experience);
  • Ms Sandy McKiernan, A/CEO YACWA;
  • Ms Lesley May Nelson, CEO, South West Aboriginal Medical Service – Bunbury;
  • Ms Sandra Harben, Independent (Whadjuk/Balardon Nyungar Woman)
  • Mr Chad Stewart, A/Executive Director, Strategy and Partnerships
  • Mr Mark Petrich, A/Chief Allied Health Officer, Department of Health;
  • Ms Michelle Harper, State Manager – WA, Department of Social Services;
  • Ms Kelly McManus, Principal, Policy and Advocacy, WALGA; and
  • Dr Alison Evans, Executive Director, The Women’s Centre for Safety and Wellbeing.