A Gunnedah Shire Council project to ‘drive out’ domestic violence and bullying will soon begin with help from nearly $17,000 from the NSW Government, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.

“I’ve been working with our communities across the region to raise awareness of this important topic.

“There is no excuse for domestic violence and I’m thankful that previous campaigns against domestic violence in Gunnedah had proven successful in engaging the community.

“The project will promote zero tolerance of the behaviour via banners on the main street and advertising on street sweepers and garbage trucks. 

“Everyone gets their rubbish collected so what better way to ensure the message reaches all corners of the community.”

“In 2015, Gunnedah made a Guinness World Record attempt with 1,300 locals forming a giant umbrella mosaic in the shape of a white ribbon.

“We are ensuring domestic violence remains high on the public agenda so the community understands it’s a serious crime that should be reported to police and not dealt with behind closed doors in people’s homes.”

“The government recently introduced legislation to guard against cyberbullying and other forms of online abuse. These laws will be backed up by a campaign to protect young people in the school yard and online,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Reported incidents of domestic violence-related assault in the Gunnedah Local Government Area have fallen by almost 35 per cent over the past five years, from 95 in 2013 to 62 last year.

Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jamie Chaffey welcomed the funding announcement.

“Sadly we already know that nationally only one in three incidents of domestic violence are reported and this campaign, an initiative of the Gunnedah Crime Prevention Working Group and supported by the Gunnedah Community Action Team, aims to encourage our community to speak up and to speak out.  A message relevant also to those experiencing bullying,” Cr Chaffey said.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson with Gunnedah Shire Council's Mayor, Cr Jamie Chaffey.

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