Community rallies against domestic violence
LOCALS joined council representatives, members of parliament, police and domestic violence support agencies at Alexandra Park at the weekend, where a rally was held to show commitment to developing safer communities.
Bundaberg mayor Mal Forman said the rally was organised as part of a state-wide campaign to publicly condemn domestic violence.
"Here in Bundaberg, our community event opened with speeches under the Rotunda at Alexandra Park and culminated in a walk from the Rotunda towards the Tallon Bridge and back again," Cr Forman said.
"Domestic violence is a national issue that will take time to address but we must take action at the local level to set the right examples within our own communities, as this is critical to changing unacceptable behaviours."
Following the rally, Cr Forman was joined by councillors and community leaders to host a lunch at Café 1928 at the Botanic Gardens for members of the Back2Base Charity Run, involving RAAF personnel running 500km from Bundaberg to Ipswich in support of White Ribbon Australia.
The Back2Base team will commence running from Anzac Park in Bundaberg at 7.30am Monday before stopping at Biggenden for the night and then continuing to Ipswich via Maryborough, Gympie and Strathpine.
White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male-led campaign to end men's violence against women.