Chalk talk helps beat violence

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Chalk talk helps beat violence

 

FAMILY violence continues to linger on Bass Coast’s radar.

To bring the hidden issue of family violence out into the open, Bass Coast Shire Council encouraged shopkeepers and residents alike to “chalk it up” and write messages of hope on their footpaths on Wednesday.

Council’s general manager for healthy communities David Elder has been a white ribbon ambassador for five years and each year he has attempted a new initiative to help put an end to family violence.

“We’ve had a panel of guest speakers and the Rosie Batty lunch at the RACV resort recently was very effective,” he said.

“Chalk it up was a unique way to spread the message across the shire, instead of sweeping it under the carpet.”

Mr Elder initial interest in becoming white ribbon ambassador stemmed from his family.

“I have a wife and two daughters, and the family violence statistics are damning,” he said.

“Within local government, I am able to bring awareness to this issue and change education within the workplace.”

Fellow white ribbon ambassadors include former police commissioner Ken Lay, Bass MLA Brian Paynter and council’s general manager of governance and organisation development Mark Brady.

Mr Elder said council will continue to run initiatives throughout the year, including white ribbon workplace accreditation for all council staff.

“This will ensure our staff knows the tools for respect and demonstrates a culture of zero tolerance within the workplace,” he said.

“Wednesday marked the start of a 16 day campaign so we will continue to raise awareness about this issue together.”

Mr Elder said by dialling 1800 RESPECT, local families coping with family violence can gain the support they need.

White ribbon: Bass Coast Shire Council staff showed their respect for White Ribbon Day by creating a giant white ribbon symbol at Wishart Reserve, Wonthaggi.

White ribbon: Bass Coast Shire Council staff showed their respect for White Ribbon Day by creating a giant white ribbon symbol at Wishart Reserve, Wonthaggi.

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