Our Patrons

 

Her Honour Judge Wendy Wilmoth BA LLB LLM (Melb)

Judge Wendy Wilmoth was appointed Magistrate in February 1988 sitting at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, Children's Court and other jurisdictions of the Victorian Magistracy. She was appointed Deputy State Coroner in 1990, serving until 1993. Wendy went on to serve from 1996 to 1999 as Supervising Magistrate of the Victorian Crimes Compensation Tribunal. In 2003 she was appointed as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria. Prior to becoming a Magistrate, Wendy was Lecturer in Charge of the Legal Studies course in the Department of Business Studies at Melbourne College of Advanced Education in 1979. In May 1985, she was appointed as a legal member and chairman of the Commonwealth Social Security Appeals Tribunal, hearing appeals on entitlements under the Social Security Act, and making recommendations to the Department of Social Security. Away from court Wendy enjoys reading, gardening, the occasional bushwalk, and time with her family.

 

Walter Mikac BPharm

Walter Mikac's daughters, Alannah and Madeline, aged six and three, and their mother Nanette were tragically killed with 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania, on 28 April 1996. Walter’s courage and dignity in the face of unimaginable horror had a profound and far-reaching effect. It was a journey requiring unimaginable strength and courage. His desire to create something positive from the devastation won him universal acclaim and has led to extraordinary outcomes. Following the events of Port Arthur, Walter successfully lobbied the then Prime Minister and other government heads to bring about reforms to national gun laws.Today, Walter works as a motivational speaker. He openly shares his story in the hope of inspiring others. He has also published two books, To Have and to Hold and Circle of Life: Sustenance for the Soul.