Lighting the fire to end family violence Cannonvale Library has reopening date
IT WAS an emotional night on the Airlie Beach foreshore last Wednesday as a small but intimate crowd gathered to light candles for domestic violence victims.
Candle lighting vigils are held annually across Australia on the first Wednesday of May to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
The lighting of the candles signifies those who have died as a direct result of domestic or family violence.
Mandy Fisher, a counsellor from Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service, said the latest statistics showed annually 2500 women aged between 20 and 34 experienced physical violence to the degree they were hospitalised in Australia.
“These figures are both staggering and unacceptable and our family event is also to raise awareness and invite you to seek support if you or someone you know is suffering,” she said.
Sergeant Simon Walter has been on the Airlie Beach beat for the last nine years and is the station’s domestic and family violence co-ordinator.
His message is that while it’s still an issue that needs to be tackled head on, things are getting better.
“With domestic violence most of it’s hidden. The only way police get any idea that domestic violence is happening is when the community calls us (to say) that it’s happening,” he said.
“We’re raising this sort of awareness so that people don’t sit back. (People need to) make it their business to make that phone call.
“There was a great increase in reporting domestic violence incidents in 2015/16 which coincided with a big media campaign and some high profile homicides around the country. It generated so much media attention that people were stepping up on their own and actually phoning things in.” AFTER sustaining damage during Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the Cannonvale Library is set to reopen in a month.
Whitsunday Regional Council said while they were looking at alternative options, further assessment on the damage resulted in them waiting for repairs to be completed.
Outstanding books are still able to be dropped off at Cannonvale Library.
Those wanting to use library facilities can attend Proserpine Library, which is operating as normal Monday to Friday from 8.15am–4.45pm and Saturday 8.45–11.45am.
Cannovale Library has been using the time to get old books re-covered.
Children’s activities that normally run at the library are still on. Library staff members are providing Baby Bounce, Toddler Talk and Story Time (ages three to five years) from Whitsunday Shopping Centre.
Kids are welcome to attend the services for free at their new location, with Baby Bounce on Tuesday, Toddler Talk on Wednesday and Story Time on Thursday from 10.30am.
REMEMBERING: Mandy Fisher, counsellor at Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service, and Sergeant Simon Walter light candles on Wednesday night for victims of domestic violence.