Mayor Paul Antonio from the Toowoomba Region, has launched his support in Queensland’s new campaign in raising awareness about domestic and family violence.

As part of the Red Bench Campaign, the Mayor insisted and declared that he would see that all 16 red benches materialise across the region to mark the UN‘s 16 day activism against violence campaign. “While other Local Government areas have already supported the initiative, 16 benches would see Toowoomba leading the charge on this important issue. We would love nine other red benches to pop up across the region during November and December,” says Mayor Antonio.

“This is a simple but powerful step we can take as a community to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and the impact it has on so many lives. I’m proud to lead this campaign on behalf of the Red Rose Foundation and have now asked other businesses and community groups to get on board,” Mayor Antonio said. “A red bench is a permanent visual reminder that we all must work to change the ending and call out abusive behaviour in our families, neighbourhoods and broader communities.”

The benches will be located at Clewley Park, where a monument of domestic violence- awarness was put up years ago, additionally as Webb Park in East Toowoomba, Mervyn and John Hart in Pittsworth, the Mian Street in Oakey and near the post office at Yarraman. Across Queensland, there are 35 red benches, with signatures for the campaign from Brisbane City Council, Redlands City Council, Bundaberg Regional Council, the State Government and several community groups.

“Our two local Zonta groups and the Soroptimist International Toowoomba group have come together to support for the initiative, with the Soroptimist group also working with CWA and Inner Wheel groups on a range of activities for 16 days.” The first red bench will be revealed at eight am at an event run by Toowoomba Together in addition with the White Ribbon Day business event taking place at Clewley Park both on Friday 22 November, and Monday 25 November.