United against vi­o­lence

North West Telegraph - - News - Camilo Blanco Camilo Blanco is the mayor of the Town of Port Hed­land.

I’d like to com­mend ev­ery­one who for came along to the march against fam­ily vi­o­lence in South Hed­land last Fri­day.

It was won­der­ful to see so many fam­i­lies, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and sur­vivors come to­gether and stand up against this scourge on our so­ci­ety.

You may not be aware that this year alone, Hed­land po­lice have re­sponded to 1210 in­ci­dents of fam­ily vi­o­lence. In 581 of these cases, chil­dren were present. I’d like to com­mend those young peo­ple who stood on stage and shared their ex­pe­ri­ence of fam­ily vi­o­lence with the crowd.

This must have taken great courage and con­vic­tion, with many in the crowd moved to tears while hear­ing their deeply per­sonal ac­counts. I’d like to thank the work of the Hed­land Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Work­ing Group for co-or­di­nat­ing the march and com­mu­nity event.

White Rib­bon Aus­tralia states men’s vi­o­lence is the re­sult of gen­der norms and in­equal­ity.

Other driv­ers in­clude ac­cept­ing and ap­prov­ing of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, con­trol­ling de­ci­sion mak­ing, lim­it­ing women’s in­de­pen­dence and show­ing dis­re­spect. All of these be­hav­iours need to be called out for what they are, so we can en­sure fu­ture gen­er­a­tions do not have to ex­pe­ri­ence fur­ther harm. Visit whi­terib­bon.org. au to ac­cess re­sources on pre­vent­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence.

You can do­nate to the cause, ac­cess free e-learn­ing re­sources and take an oath. Let’s con­tinue work­ing to­gether.

Mayor’s Mail­bag

Hello Milo,

I’ve no­ticed that some bins around town have new stick­ers on them. How­ever, I haven’t re­ceived any for my bin. Will the Town be vis­it­ing ev­ery prop­erty? David Bach­mann Hi David, The Town will be stick­er­ing all kerb­side bins that are reg­is­tered. This will be con­tin­u­ing to hap­pen over the next cou­ple of weeks, con­clud­ing around De­cem­ber 12. Please leave your bins out on the reg­u­lar rub­bish day un­til the reg­is­tered bin has a sticker placed on it. In­for­ma­tion will also be dis­trib­uted in mail­boxes re­gard­ing the process and any queries peo­ple may have about the process.

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