2021 Red Bench Relay
The LGAQ invited Queensland councils to show their commitment to raising awareness of DFV during the 16 Days of Activism between 25 November and 10 December by hosting a Red Bench Relay in their community.
Councils were encouraged to host a DFV awareness – walk against violence and/or ‘Red Bench Relay’ event – to raise awareness of gender-based violence against women. And councils with red benches incorporated them into their walk.
Another successful year of community events ensuring this vital issue remains visible.
Thank you to the six councils who participated in the event in 2021:
- Boulia Shire Council
- Cassowary Coast Regional Council.
- Livingstone Shire Council
- Mt Isa Regional Council
- South Burnett Regional Council
- Townsville City Council
The LGAQ also hosted a walk against violence, where staff and guests walked from the red bench located at Local Government House, and back again. The walk took in scenes of the Brisbane River and a photo opportunity at Newstead House. The event was attended by Shadow Minister for Domestic & Family Violence, Amanda Camm, and the DFV Prevention Council Co-Chairs Vanessa Fowler and Bob Atkinson, Tanya Felstead from the Red Rose Foundation, along with LGAQ and Peak Services staff, children, and dogs.
Red Bench Relay 2020
Click here to read about the 2020 Red Bench Relay.
The Red Bench Relay is an LGAQ initiative that is supported by the Red Rose Foundation, which launched the Red Bench Project in 2019 as a permanent reminder that domestic violence occurs within all our communities. There are now more than 150 red benches throughout Queensland, with many more on the way.
The LGAQ will be doing their part by hosting a ‘walk against violence’ event and breakfast for staff and special guests, with a ‘round trip’ walk from the red bench outside Local Government House.
For further information, please contact the LGAQ’s Domestic & Family Abuse Project Officer, Jim Boden, via email or phone 07 3000 2226.
2021 Alison Woolla Memorial Award for Local Leadership in Preventing Domestic and Family Violence
A Queenslander who provided vital, life-changing support to protect another from domestic abuse has been recognised for their selflessness and awarded the 2021 Alison Woolla Memorial Award for Local Leadership in Preventing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).
This year’s winner, described as a selfless bearer of Alison Woolla’s legacy, was revealed at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) 125th Annual Conference in October 2021.
The award honours Alison Woolla, the pioneering former Aurukun Shire Council Mayor, a trailblazer who provided remarkable leadership and support for members of her community when they were experiencing abuse.
The award was launched by the LGAQ in 2020 to recognise an outstanding individual following in Alison Woolla’s footsteps and making a significant contribution to raising awareness and prevention of domestic and family violence in Queensland’s local communities.
The winner received a $5,000 cash prize, along with hosting the hand-crafted artwork created by Brisbane artist Laura Vincent for 12 months. The piece was created using resin and timber and represents the complex emotions felt by those who experience domestic and family violence.
Click here to read about the 2021 winner. The situation is ongoing, so in order to protect all involved, the LGAQ is unable to publicly name this worthy winner.
Click here to read about the 2020 winners, May Ballie and Myrtle Foote, co-founders of Pormpur Paanthu (Women’s House) in the Indigenous community of Pormpuraaw.
Not in our Backyard – stop abuse at the start: local government’s new Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) campaign
The LGAQ is encouraging Queensland’s 77 Mayors to support the new DFV campaign: “Not in our Backyard – stop abuse at the start.”
The LGAQ created the campaign to help embed cultural change in local government workplaces and communities in response to the report, Not Now Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland, which confirmed the importance of all government spheres acting if DFV is to be truly addressed.
Mayoral support for this campaign will reinforce the local government sector’s commitment to addressing this insidious problem that affects so many Queenslanders and demonstrating how change can be led from the top down.
Mayors were asked to capture a picture or record a short video of themselves with a pledge sign indicating their support for the campaign. These pledges will feature on this page, along with the LGAQ and councils’ social media platforms.
Support for this vital campaign will help send a strong message to the community that domestic violence will not be tolerated, and that local government is committed to supporting efforts to eradicate it.