Two new benches have been installed – one outside Council Chambers and the other outside Mossman Elders Justice Group’s office on Front Street – as permanent reminders that domestic violence occurs within all communities.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said each bench’s plaque delivers a simple message, ‘Change the ending: let’s stop domestic violence’.
Shelly Richards, Female Coordinator Domestic and Family Violence from Mossman Elders Justice Group, organised the installation of the red bench on Front Street and said the benches provide an opportunity for this important issue to remain visible.
The Red Rose Foundation aims to have at least one Red Bench in each of Queensland’s 77 local government areas, and Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr was happy to support the project.
PC Douglas Shire Council
“I hope the benches will encourage conversations about this important social issue,” Mayor Kerr said.
To acknowledge individuals who are making a significant, local contribution to the awareness and prevention of domestic and family violence, the LGAQ has created the Alison Woolla Memorial Award.
This annual award honours Alison Woolla, a former Mayor of Aurukun, who opened her doors and offered sanctuary to members of her community who were experiencing or at risk of abuse.
Award nominations are now open and close Monday 21 September.
Visit the LGAQ website to nominate or find out more information.