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Council joins 16 Days of Activism campaign

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Splashes of orange will soon appear on key Council buildings as part of the campaign against gender violence.

Council is a partner in the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign which starts on Sunday and the windows at Lighthouse Theatre, AquaZone and Archie Graham Community Centre will begin promoting campaign messages against gender violence.

Archie's new LED lighting system will also light up the prominent Timor Street façade.

Mayor Tony Herbert said it was an important campaign on Council's wellbeing calendar.

"Reducing family violence needs to be a priority for everyone in Warrnambool – male or female, young or old,” Cr Herbert said. 

“The Warrnambool municipality has the 11th highest rate of family violence incidents reported to police across Victoria. 

“Being near the top of the ladder on this issue is total unacceptable. 

“We’ve all seen the ad on TV about calling this behaviour out amongst friends. 

“I call on every member of this great community to do the same.

“The behaviour you walk past is the behaviour you accept.

"Council is committed to partnering in campaigns which promote gender equity messages and help reduce the incidence of family violence in our community."

The 16 Days Campaign offers shoppers free, re-usable orange bags at all IGA supermarkets across the region.

Cr Herbert hopes everyone will carry the bags and share the anti-violence messages.

"We want to see thousands of orange shopping bags being used and their messages seen across the city,” he said.

“Like the orange coffee cup campaign from a couple of years ago, the messages have an impact on people’s thinking and are great conversation starters."

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