Northern Midlands Council won't sweep domestic violence under carpet

SPEAK UP: Northern Midlands Council general manager Des Jennings, councillor Mary Knowles and mayor David Downie launch the campaign against domestic violence.

SPEAK UP: Northern Midlands Council general manager Des Jennings, councillor Mary Knowles and mayor David Downie launch the campaign against domestic violence.

A local councillor is leading the way to encourage people to speak up about domestic violence.

Northern Midlands Council launched their “Don’t Sweep it Under the Carpet” campaign on Tuesday when they unveiled their campaign on their street sweeper.  

Councillor Mary Knowles hopes the message spreads to the rest of the councils and plans to take the campaign to the Local Government Association of Tasmania’s June meeting. 

“With the message being out there it should hopefully be easier to take that step (to get help),” she said.

“It’s all about respect and getting the message of respect out there … women and girls are not somebody’s property.”

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said the behaviour is not tolerated. 

“We want to publicise the issue of domestic violence and council have decided to have this message on our street sweeper to bring it to people’s attention that this behaviour is unacceptable,” he said. 

The council plans to put campaign stickers on the region’s residential bins in the near future, too. 

It’s all about respect and getting the message of respect out there … women and girls are not somebody’s property. - Councillor Mary Knowles

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