Governor-General to visit Broadmeadows on White Ribbon Day

Hume City Council is delighted to announce that its White Ribbon Day event, to feature Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, will also be addressed by the Governor-General of Australia.

The event will take place at the Broadmeadows Town Hall on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 3pm.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was confident that attendees would hear a powerful message from His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

“The Governor-General has shown throughout his life a commitment to the wellbeing of men, women and children across Australia, and around the world,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Sir Peter Cosgrove was a great leader throughout his decades in the Australian Army, and his life presents an example that inspires so many.

“From the battlefields of Vietnam to the villages of East Timor, Sir Peter has demonstrated true courage, and a desire to improve the lives of others.

“We are grateful that the Governor-General will speak on stage at the Broadmeadows Town Hall, as Hume City Council sends home a message that the scourge of family violence cannot stand.”

The Governor-General will be joined at the event by Victoria’s Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson.

Cr Patsikatheodorou encouraged residents from Hume to attend.

“So many people have been moved by the tragic murder of Luke Batty, at the hands of his dad and on a cricket oval in Tyabb,” she said.

“It was a crime that shook our nation, and sadly there have been far too many instances of violence around the home, a place that should be a sanctuary.

“Rosie Batty will share her story in Broadmeadows on White Ribbon Day and I hope that it reinforces a point which can’t be said enough: domestic violence must end.

“Those who cause fear in the hearts of women and children should face justice, and our community must do everything in its power to support all victims.”

In the lead-up to White Ribbon Day, Hume City Council will paint a massive ‘Hume says no to violence’ sign on grassland that faces the M80 Ring Road at Broadmeadows.

Council recently erected a large anti-violence sign at the entrance to the historic Broadmeadows Town Hall.

From late November, people will be able to watch a number of animated films which feature messages about family violence.

The short movies have been produced by local students and Council staff for an exhibition at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery in Craigieburn.

Anyone who would like to attend Hume’s White Ribbon Day event can obtain a free ticket at:

Posted on 12:00 AM, 9 November 2015

Updated : 10:59 AM, 9 November 2015

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