Message on the street

Mount Isa Centacare staff have been busy erecting signs around the city on Friday and it’s all part of an important awareness campaign.

POWERFUL MESSAGE: Leeanne Harris of Centacare with a sign near the library that reads "Stop. It's Not Just You" Photo: Derek Barry

POWERFUL MESSAGE: Leeanne Harris of Centacare with a sign near the library that reads "Stop. It's Not Just You" Photo: Derek Barry

Centacare’s manager of Outback Services Leeanne Harris said it was a whole of community response to Domestic and Family Violence month which is for the entire month of May.

“We’ve got lots on in the community (for the month),” Ms Harris said.

“This is something we worked on with kids that were involved in services and the schools talking about if they had a message to the community about domestic and family violence, what would that message be.”

Ms Harris said the signs would be up all around the CBD.

This is something we worked on with kids that were involved in services and the schools talking about if they had a message to the community about domestic and family violence, what would that message be.

Leeanne Harris

“There’s some more signs coming up next week that will be up all around Pioneer shopping area,” she said.

As part of the events Monday night (May 22) there is a youth movie night at Ngukuthati Children & Family Centre.

Ms Harris said the month, movie night, the signs and other events were all about awareness.

“It is an awareness to say keep thinking and have an understanding that domestic and family violence is everybody’s business,” she said.

“Some of these signs say ‘I won’t be a bystander’ and I think it is around a whole of community response to have an understanding that if you do see something, then do something about it.”

Ms Harris said Centacare was grateful to its networks and partners for making the signs.

“We got the signs donated by Clancy Signs, and that’s one of the things about us we have a good connection with the community,” she said.

The artwork was done by local students and local artist Kirsty Nathan.