Board of Directors

Michael Ritchie - Chair
Dr. Simon Sheed - Deputy Chair
Philip Norris
Martin Krzywak
Debbie Lilford

Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer - Annie Constable
Executive Assistant to CEO -
Kelly Sinclair
Manager Supported Employment-
Linda Gerring
Manager Community Options Living -
Marita Turner
Manager Finance – 
Sharon Pike
Manager Out of Home Care -
Brenton Pattison
Manager Support Coordination-
Sharyn Huggett

Our vision - what success looks like

To be a nationally respected leading provider, which strengthens communities by enabling people to have choices.

Our mission - what we deliver

Through innovative programs and services tailored to individual needs, we remove barriers and maximise opportunities.

Our values - how we deliver

we embrace collaboration
we champion our changing environment
we value diversity
we build on people's strengths
we deliver on our promises
we focus on outcomes
we recognise the need to be commercially focussed and capitalise on opportunities
we adapt readily to the changing needs of our customers
we respect each other
we are always compassionate

Our History

On 23rd February 1972 the then Mental Health Authority issued a Certificate of Registration of a Day Training Centre in Maryborough. However, prior to 1972, a group of concerned and like minded parents had been meeting to raise public awareness of the lack of facilities for their children with an intellectual disability.

In 1976 Stages 1 and 2 of the Day Training Centre known as ‘Wattle House’ opened. This facility was used by the Maryborough Specialist School up until the end of 2005 and is now utilised by ASTERIA Individual and Group Support.

The 1970s and early 1980s were periods of growth and development in recognising and enhancing support for people with disability. Emphasis was placed on fundraising and building new facilities at 20 Christian Street, Maryborough.

The Governor-General, the late Sir Ninian Stephen opened extensions (new adult unit) in 1984. The official change of name to Wattle House coincided with the incorporation of the association in 1986.

During this period, an innovative idea of supporting clients and introducing them to the workforce with appropriate wages was established. Accommodation services and independent living practices were reinforced.

Today ASTERIA provides excellent support, accommodation and employment for people living with disability throughout Maryborough and surrounding districts.