Flower beds to raise awareness of family violence

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The City of Greater Bendigo has planted floral displays in garden beds in Rosalind Park’s Conservatory Gardens to support a Community Showcase event to raise awareness of family violence set to take place at the Library Gardens on Wednesday November 28.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the City’s gardeners have planted a mix of petunias, dianthus and alyssums in the shape of a white ribbon to support and raise awareness for the day. 

“The City is currently developing a gender equity strategy and is committed to supporting events that help change attitudes towards violence and promote respectful relationships, and we are proud to be involved in the Community Showcase,” Cr O’Rourke said.

The Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence Committee Community Showcase commences at 12 noon on Wednesday November 28 in the Library Gardens followed by a community walk around the CBD.

The community walk will commence at 12.30pm at the Library Gardens before heading down Bull Street, along Pall Mall, left into Mitchell Street and into the Hargreaves Mall before ending at the Bendigo Library gardens with a barbecue.

Guest speakers from Malmsbury Fire Brigade and Spring Gully Primary School will talk about their leadership roles in relation to gender equity and violence prevention. 

On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence, while family violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and their children.  One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/GBAgainstFamilyViolence/ on Facebook.

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