VANDALS WRECK DISPLAY
THE irony of an antiviolence group being the target of vandals is not lost on Zonta Club of Roma members.
For the second time in two years they have picked up the pieces after an act of vandalism on Friday night.
Signs, including a banner and coloured wooden figurines, were knocked to the ground and some were destroyed, in what is believed to be a drunken act late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
As part of their 16 days of action protesting violence against women, Zonta members erected a banner and groups of coloured female figurines on the grassy corner of Quintin and McDowall Sts.
Member Christina Waldron said the club was taking it seriously and police had already been involved.
“We are very disappointed,” she said.
“This proves our point – that violence is mindless and that we as a community really need to be doing more.
“These were innocent wooden figures, they weren’t hurting anyone and someone has let themselves get aggressive with them.”
Ms Waldron said she was unsure of the motive.
“It could be a dislike against our club, or against women or the principle in general of us fighting back against this violence,” she said. “But it just shows that violence is brainless and it needs to be stopped.”
The figurines, in groups of four, had one woman in orange and the other three in white to showcase the alarming statistic of the rate of domestic violence victims.
“It’s probably more like one in three now but we still just want to highlight to the community the shocking statistic that this is,” Ms Waldron said.
During the attack, arms were pulled off some figurines and almost all were knocked to the ground.
“We will put them back up ourselves,” Ms Waldron said. “We want to show that we will not stand by and let this kind of brainless violence continue.”
The club will press charges against those involved and will seek financial and “in kind” compensation.
“The police have come and they are taking it seriously,” Ms Waldron said.
Roma police said they had identified suspects but investigations were continuing.
The club is reeling from the emotional cost of this act but members are not losing hope in their cause.
“We have all invested ourselves in this cause and we’ve done so for a reason,” Ms Waldron said.
“We won’t let this get to us.”
Next Saturday members will set up a stall in Westlands Plaza outside Woolworths, seeking a gold coin donation from generous shoppers who can help the club prepare care packages for women who have to flee violence.
If you have any information that may assist the police in their investigations, please phone Roma Police Station on 4622 9333.
NO MORE: Zonta members Sue Mollgaard, Christina Waldron, Rachel Forndron and Megan and Albert Devlin aren’t giving up their cause after the group’s signs and figurines were vandalised.