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9 - Tuesday, July 22, 2014
WHITE RIBBON NIGHT
Australian Olympic rowers Gavin Bell and Kathryn Ross with Rowing Australia's CEO
Andrew Dee show their support for White Ribbon Night In campaign. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Rowers on board for
night in to get word out
We all like to think of home as a safe place -- but
for many Australians it's not. Australian Rowers
are getting on board with White Ribbon Night
-- a campaign that urges all Australians to have
a night in on Friday, July 25, and get the word
out about the seriousness of violence against
"One in four Australians is exposed to
domestic violence," White Ribbon Australia
chief executive officer Libby Davies said.
Hosting a White Ribbon Night, she said,
encourages hundreds of Australians to have a
conversation about violence in the community,
change attitudes and behaviours that condone it.
Current world rowing champions and
Olympic medallists Kathryn Ross and Gavin
Bellis are getting behind the cause this year.
"It's is quite an unspoken thing, a lot of
women struggle to let people know and a lot of
friends aren't aware of what goes on in other
people's homes," Bellis said. "If there is
communication and conversation about it more
people can take action and stop this kind of
Rowing Australia chief executive officer
Andrew Lee has been a supporter of White
Ribbon since it began in Australia in 2003.
One of the first people to co-ordinate male
ambassadors for the campaign, he said it was a
community responsibility to stand up and make
clear that violence was unacceptable.
"I would strongly encourage anyone with a
social sense of responsibility to pledge and to
register to take part," he said. "In the context of
our sport it's about living our values. If we can
make our profile in the community stand for
something and be a voice for change then that's
what I am prepared to do."
White Ribbon Night, now in its second year,
he said was a great campaign that made it simple
to donate and take steps to combat this issue.
"We will stay at home, watch the footy and
have a pizza," he said. "It's going to be a quiet
night with a couple of friends and what we will
save on perhaps going out for dinner we'll
donate to the cause."
Register your event at
www.whiteribbon.org.au/night and receive
a fun pack and resources kit. All donations
over $2 are tax deductible. Get the word out
using the hashtag #WhiteRibbonNight.
Call for co-ordinated climate strategy
A UNIVERSITY of Canberra researcher has
warned that planning systems throughout
Australia need to be revised to counter the
effects of climate change.
Professor Barbara Norman, the university's
foundation chair of urban and regional planning,
called for a national climate change adaptation
strategy at a Parliament House forum on the
built environment last week.
She said business as usual was no longer
"Climate change has major implications for
the location of new development,
redevelopment and infrastructure," Professor
Norman said. "The lack of an adaptation
strategy for Australia is making it very difficult
for councils to implement a consistent and co-
We need an adaptation strategy for Australia
agreed to by all levels of government, in
consultation with industry and affected
She said sea level rises would increase risks
to coastal infrastructure, including road and rail
networks and low-lying ecosystems.
"Decisions taken now on the location of new
urban growth corridors and major infrastructure
would have long-term consequences," she said.
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