EX-Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay was the guest of honour at the recent Wonthaggi Rotary Club dinner on Thursday, September 15.
Held at the Wonthaggi Club, the Rotary Club hosted a Q&A panel with Ken Lay and Divisional Commander for Morwell, Geoff Kedge.
The guest speakers led a discussion on family violence, drugs, and other community issues.
“Drugs and family violence in the community are the two big ticket items of this era,” Dist Comm Kedge said.
“The key to combatting family violence is education.”
For Mr Lay, these community issues are particularly important to address, given his love and affection for the South Gippsland region.
“Probably the most enjoyable two years of my career were spent here in Wonthaggi,” he said.
“It’s a community that has nurtured me and my family. I owe a lot to the South Gippsland and Bass Coast communities.
“In a rural community, you can actually see your influence on other people. It is close knit and intimate. Your positive effects are visible.”
Both men spoke with the Rotary members about their policing careers and their involvement in their communities, and discussed the importance of working on a ground level to help combat family violence and drug issues.
“The key to combatting issues such as drug addiction and family violence is education,” Dist Comm Kedge said.
“I’ve seen reoccurring cases of family violence, and we’ve got to address this. It’s about education.”