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No Excuse for Abuse March

Join us and take a stand together as a community to end violence and abuse. Bringing together local residents, businesses and workers in Macquarie Park, the march will start outside of Macquarie University School of Engineering and end at Elouera Reserve. All are welcome.

Hear from speakers and take the oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent domestic and family violence.

The event will also feature live music by local acts as well as a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Ryde Hunters Hill Domestic and Family Violence Committee. There will also be stalls from organisations operating within the City of Ryde that provide services to assist those affected by domestic violence.

About the Speakers

Rebecca Sciroli

Rebecca Gentz Sciroli

Rebecca is a passionate speaker against domestic violence, having personally experienced and survived a traumatic brain injury caused by family violence. She continues to experience the effects of acquired brain injury. Using her strengths, she speaks against domestic violence and raises disability awareness. She is also an equality advocate, peer support group leader and a mentor. 

Rebecca has taught Accessible Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2010, she founded the first Artist with Disability Art Studio in South West Sydney at Liverpool Hospital BIRU, which is a made possible with their kind support. 

Andrew King

Andrew King

Andrew is the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia, NSW. He is a specialist trainer in group work for professionals throughout Australia, Asia and Canada, working with men and strengths-based practice. He is an experienced practitioner and has published a range of professional articles.

Andrew has worked with teenagers who have drug and alcohol problems, young people with a mental health issues, parenting education, families who have children with special needs and coordinated a large fathers’ centre.

Superintendent David Waddell


Superintendent David Waddell has been the Commander at the Ryde Police Area Command since June 2018. He joined the NSW Police Force in 1990 having previously worked in the private sector, and has had a distinguished career working in many different policing units across New South Wales.

David has been a Crime Manager for over 10 years and has been performing the role of Commander for close to three years. 

Marnie Mitchell

Marnie Mitchell

City of Ryde's Manager, People and Culture, Marnie has worked in senior HR roles across local government for 20 years. She is experienced in leading and developing human resource functions across all areas including workforce and workplace strategy, performance planning and industrial relations.

Strategically focused, she has experience in leading major workplace reform initiatives resulting in positive business and people outcomes. This has included leading programs for equal employment opportunity, gender equity, and advocating for women experiencing domestic violence. With a passion for industry collaboration, Marnie also hosts a number of forums that provide local government HR professionals the opportunity to share knowledge and experience.

How to get there

We encourage those attending the event to take public transport if possible. Macquarie Park Metro station is a 3-minute walk from the meeting point (Macquarie University School of Engineering) and buses stop right outside the meeting point. For more information visit the Transport for NSW Trip Planner.

Parking is also available at the following locations:

This event is a partnership with the City of Ryde, the Ryde Hunters Hill Domestic and Family Violence Committee and NSW Police - Ryde Police Area Command.

Stay tuned for more information.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of violence, there is 24/7 free and confidential support available. Please call the DV Hotline on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Date & Time

Friday 22 November 2019 / 11.00AM - 1.00PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222


Free. Gold coin donation sausage sizzle.

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Macquarie University - School of Engineering, Coolinga Street, Macquarie Park 2113 View Map

Coolinga Street, Macquarie Park New South Wales 2113

Macquarie University - School of Engineering

Coolinga Street, Macquarie Park 2113

Last updated on 16 October 2019