Who we are

Mission Statement

Merrimu works with adults with a disability and their support people to
achieve what is important to them.


To support people with a disability to achieve what is important to them by
providing greater choice, ongoing support and increasingly flexible services.

Board of Management

The members of the Board generously volunteer their time, talents and experience to provide governance, direction and advice. Current members are:

  • Michael Wale – President
  • Anja Abbey – Vice President
  • Debbie Collings – Secretary
  • Darlene Urban – Treasurer
  • Lesia Dzikonkski – Board Member
  • Stephen Peat – Board Member

Joining the Board is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the community. To find out more about how you can get involved, contact us.


The management team works to provide leadership and support, to build ongoing partnerships and to explore new opportunities to keep doing things better.

  • Frances O’Reilly – CEO
  • Carolynne Smith – General Manager Services
  • Ashleigh Dodd – Services Manager
  • Jordon Beckwith – SmartRun Coordinator
  • Loran Moelands – Practice Coordinator
  • Sharon Farrell – EI Coordinator
  • Julia McDonald – Workforce Development Coordinator
  • Maree Povey – Service Coordinator
  • Helen Carr – Office Manager
  • Lynley Whitelock – Systems Project Officer
  • Kim Cheswright – Finance Officer
  • Maria Lador – NDIS Administration Officer

Partnerships with individuals, businesses, community organisations and local government are vital to the success of Merrimu. We gratefully acknowledge the following supporters:

Business sponsors
Big River Instant Turf
Bunnings, Melton
Coles Supermarket
Customised Training
Disruptive Media
Foodworks, Bacchus Marsh
Good Guys, Melton
H & K Auto Electrical
Harrison Hyundai
IGA Supermarket
Loujo Bacchus Marsh
Magic Sporting Moments
Melton Country Club
Nova Pharmacy, Bacchus Marsh
Q Lounge
Ryder Real Estate
Shane Cook Homes
TabCorp Park
The Star News Group
What Knots Framing
Wilsons Hardware

Business partners
Bacchus Marsh Farm Supplies
Eynesbury Golf Club
Game Traders, Bacchus Marsh

Community partners
Bacchus Marsh CWA
Bacchus Marsh Day Lodge
Bacchus Marsh Grammar
Ballan Community Garden
Ballarat YMCA Recranked Program
Corrections Victoria
Delacombe Community Hub & Garden
Distinctive Options
Djerriwarrh Community and Education
Duke of Abercorn Lodge
Getting’ Dirty Program
Her Majesty’s Theatre Ballarat
ICD (Asia Pacific)
Karingal Training
Melton City Council
Melton Football and Netball Club
Melton Primary School
Moorabool Shire Council
Parks Victoria
Phoenix secondary College
St Laurence Community Services
United Grand Lodge Victoria
Willows Aged Care Facility
Dyson Heppell, Essendon Football Club –
with gratitude and thanks for your continued support


Accountable Accountants
Simone and Lynette Holdsworth
Cindy and Wayne Sutton
Gillian Davis
Peter Hannett

If you’re interested in partnering with Merrimu, contact us to find out more.