Bundaberg Regional Council is joining with residents and ambassadors to spread the message that domestic and family violence is not tolerated within the community.
All of us, together is the theme of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Awareness month, held throughout May.
Bundaberg Regional Council was recently included in the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council’s regional roadshow which saw state ambassadors deliver a presentation to Councillors.
The two ambassadors to visit the region were Dianne Fletcher, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Sarino Russo Job Access and played a lead role in the design and implementation of welfare reform activities in Cape York, and Allison Baden-Clay Foundation Co-Chair Vanessa Fowler who has dedicated her time to raising awareness after the loss of her sister Allison.
Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said the inspiring and informative presentation was appreciated.
“The Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council presentation provided us with information about domestic and family violence in our area and opportunities to create change together,” Cr McPhee said.
“The ambassadors shared their inspiring journeys and applauded the fact that, as a leading employer in the region, we have policies and leave entitlements in place to support staff facing domestic and family violence concerns.
“Their message was that we should work together as a community to prevent domestic and family violence from occurring and is one we wholeheartedly support.”
Cr McPhee also had the opportunity during the month to participate in a Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre community barbecue raising awareness for domestic and family violence prevention.
“It's about spreading the message that to make real positive change, all levels of community need to come together and take action.
“We're here in Gin Gin at the community hub raising awareness and starting the conversation and this is really important because everyone in our community deserves to feel safe in their community and in their home.”
If you or anyone you know needs help there are 24/7 helplines available for support including 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.