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REMEMBERING OUR DIGGERS: Christine Thomson, right, a grand-daughter of Bullah Vardy (pictured inset), at the Mawson Park Anzac Day ceremony with her daughter, Cheryl, and grandson, Harry Polglasse.AtPozieresin 1916, local soldier William ‘Bullah’ Vardy slumped in a muddy trench and scribbled in his pocket diary:‘‘Our men are making their attempt to take the German trenches. My God what a terrible bombardment. The sky is lit up for miles and the roar of the big guns would nearly deafen you. God pity the fallen tonight, it is terrible. This is a war of wars.’’
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Going by the huge Anzac Day crowds on Monday, I’d say Bullah’s horrific experiences a century ago still resonate with us today.

There is no generation gap on April 25. Banners held high, school blazers on, I reckon students made up almost half the crowd at the Campbelltown service, and I’m sure it was similar at Camden and Wollondilly.

At Mawson Park I bumped into Harry Polglasse, the captain of John Therry Catholic High School at Rosemeadow. He’s also the great-great grandson of Bullah Vardy.

Harry was there with mum, Cheryl, and his nan, Christine Thomson (Vardy), who well remembers her grandfather, who died in 1971.But typical of many Diggers, Bullah wasn’t one to talk a lot about the horrors he had seen. “He never talked about the war,” Christine told me, “we only know things about Pa’s experiences from his diaries.”

Some of the people at the Anzac Day ceremonies held framed photographs of their Digger forebears, and wore their medals, as young and old mixed as one, remembering sacrifices of the past.

World War I has a special place in our national psyche because ofthe massive impact it had on our tiny nation: more than 60,000 killed and 150,000 wounded. That is staggering. In 1914, for example, less than 2000 men, women and children lived in the rural valley between Glenfield and Menangle Park. Yet 250 Campbelltonians served, 40 of them left in war graves.

If you want to get a picture of the impact, let’s translate it into the present population of Campbelltown: that would mean about 20,000 of our young men and women marching off and 4000 of them being killed. The maths are probably similar for Camden, and I can only imagine the wrench those sorts of figures had on the tiny villages of Wollondilly Shire.

As far Bullah Vardy, a bank teller from Allman Street in civilian life, he served with the 1st Field Artillery at Pozieres, which saw the heaviest artillery bombardment of the war. Few diggers emerged unaffected. ‘‘The shelling of Pozieres,’’ wrote war correspondent Charles Bean, ‘‘did not merely probe character and nerve; it laid them stark naked as no other experience ever did.’’

Here are just a few of Bullah’s 1916diary entries:

July 24:‘‘All our chaps have taken the village of Pozieres and dug themselves in. Four of us had to visit the front line, so here I am. By gum, it’s hot. Germans only a few hundred yards away. I have been in the front line all day.’’

July 25:‘‘Had a very rough night last night. I am running dispatches from the trenches to the battery with heavy shellfire. My officer wounded. Day before, three men from the battery wounded.’’

July 26:‘‘Last night was hell. Our boys again attacking and the casualties were heavy. Was buried by a big shell in my dugout. Men close by killed. While observing a number of bomb throwers through the glasses a sniper had shot at me and only missed by a few inches, but got poor chap behind me. Trenches full of dead and wounded.’’

Lest we forget them.

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Pros and cons of portable

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Launch concert for opera

LAUNCH CONCERT: Producer of music Valda Silvy and Western Sydney Opera Company founder and tenor, Lorenzo Rositano.The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre will be the backdrop for the launch concert of the new Western Sydney Opera Company next week.
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The newly-formed company’s May 7 launch willfeature opera’s emerging artists performing operatic highlightsas well as songs from operetta and musical theatre.

The young cast will include Lorenzo Rositano,Paul Smith, Daniel Macey, Christopher Nazarian, Taryn Srhoj, Questra Mulqueeny and Allegra Giagu, accompanied by John Martin.

Rositano of Kingswood is founder and tenor of the new company, and said he was passionate about bringing the project to life.

Having studied at theSydney Conservatorium of Music, in London and in Italy, Rositano wants to give others in the west the opportunity to have quality operatic productions on their CV.

“I have had my chance and many opportunities, and that’s what I want to give back to locals,” hetold theGazette.

“I am completely immersed in the whole proposal, it’s my absolute passion.Since returning from Italy it’s something I have put my whole heart into.”

Rositano was inspired to start the company in Italy after seeing that even small theatres could put on magnificent opera productions.

“I thought, why are we not doing something like this around the corner from where I live?” he said.

Rositano produced and directed a production of La Boheme at The Joan in September of last year, assisted by funding from Penrith City Council for the new company.

Cast members hail from the Blue Mountains and western Sydney, and Rositano said the local productions would provide the springboard for many to travel overseas.

“When you do operas at the conservatorium you perform them as a student, but this is in a professional capacity,” he said.

It also brought opera closer to the people of Penrith.

“It’s giving people the opportunity to come and watch opera at their doorstep,” Rositano said.

Performing Arts Centre CEO Hania Radvan said the formation of Western Sydney Opera was “a great indicator of the vibrancy and artistic health of the region”.

“We are delighted to see independent artists such as Lorenzo Rositano and Western Sydney Opera reaching audiences and thriving,” she said.

The company will also stage a production of Donizetti’sThe Elixir of Loveat The Joan in September.

The launch concert begins at 7pm on Saturday, May 7. Adult tickets are $50, concession $45, and bookings can be made by calling 4723-7600.

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Can’t rake problems aside

How to solve a problem like Robbie Farah: Robbie Farah needs to provide halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses with more ball so the young halves’ attack can flourish. Picture: Tony Feder/Getty ImagesIntimes of crisis, it’s best to channel your inner Monty Python and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
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Rather than looking atthe 60-6 defeat Wests Tigers suffered at the hands of the Canberra Raiders likea glass that’s half empty, let’s treat it like a glass that’s half full.

A glass containingwarm, flat light beer it may be.

But it’s still half full.

Saturday’s result was diabolical, there is no other way to look at it.

The defence was as frail as a 95-year-old’s hip,the attackas entertainingas a Real Housewives of Melbourne marathon, and the effort as genuine as Donald Trump’s “hair”.

But there is good news Wests Tigers fans because things can’t possibly get any worse.

The chances of an NRL side conceding 60 or more points in a game twice in one season, are astronomical.

If it happens again this yearI’ll run naked down Queen Street singing Glory, Glory to Souths Sydney.

But the question now is‘where do the Wests Tigers go from here?’.

What exactly is the problem and how can a team of “professionals” be so bad?

Part of the issue, I believe, stems from Robbie Farah.

Firstly, let me stress I think Farahhas been one of, if not the greatest, Wests Tigers to ever put on the jersey.

But now, while his individual form may be good,his style of play is detrimental to the team.

In Brooks, Moses and James Tedesco, there are three genuine playmakers –there’s no need for a fourth.

Farah has been one of the side’s main attacking weapons since 2005.

But with the current set-up he needs to rein in his attacking instinctsand sacrifice personal form for team success.

Makeshift hooker Dene Halatau showed the way in the early rounds when Farah was injured.

Halatau didn’trun too much and didn’t take it upon himself to make the big play.

He simply picked up the ball and passed it to one of Moses or Brooks and let them run the show.

The result was wave of attack after wave of attack.

And it scared teams –just ask Manly Sea Eagle Jamie Lyon who still has singed hairs from the amount of times Tedesco burnt him for speed in round two.

It may be underutilising the talent Farah has but he needs to simplifyhis game for the good of the team.

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Dairy’s youth learns range of skills as industry comes together

THE futureof the dairy industry was honing its skills as part of the sixth SA All breeds Dairy Youth Camp, held at the Adelaide Showground last week.The camp is held every two years, with 35 entrants – almost half from non-dairy backgrounds.
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NEXT GEN: Champion handler Lucy Newman, Meadows. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY

ALL SMILES: Hayley Madden, Seaford, and Bridget Liebelt, Paris Creek.

SA Holstein Youth coordinator Mandy Pacitti said the event was a chance to retain those with an interest.

GOOD TIMES: Saffron and Mungo Yates, Mount Torrens, practice their washing skills.

“We’rereally trying to foster and upskill the next generation to have dairy farmers into the future,” she said.“Without them, we won’t have an industry in Australia.”

YOUNG GUNS: Coordinator Mandy Pacitti with the “Stud Sire” Andrew Gray, and “Stud Heifer” Kelsey Adams. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Mrs Pacitti said the camp involved a mix of theory and practical, covering topics from new milking and breeding technologies, anatomy, cow conformation,photography and presenting animals for showing.She said they were always trying to find new topics, and this year introduced nutrition and show ethics.

The camp culminated in a show on Wednesday last week withLisa Thompson, Allendale East, as judge.

INDUSTRY TALK: Tom Treloar, Keyneton, gets some handling tips from Jack Bramley, Parawa.

Mrs Pacitti said the camp was supported by industry with people volunteering timeto pass on their knowledge.

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Contractor may be answer to Wirrinya’s waste woes

Wirrinya Progress Association volunteers Nadine Mattiske (left) and Wendy Chudleigh at the Wirrinya Waste depot. Employment of a private contractor to collect household rubbish from Wirrinya homes is one option that will be considered after a public meeting between residents and Forbes Shire Council earlier this month.
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Residents asked for the meeting to put forward their own options, to raise their concerns, and discuss their options after submissions were called for council’s draft Rural Waste Facilities Option plan earlier this year.

Council’s director of environmental and planning services Paul Bennett said the meeting was a positive one with a number of different options raised for council to consider and investigate.

“These options ranged from leaving the operations as they are now (open twice a week at allocated hours) to closing it down,” he said.

“There was another suggestion to facilitate a private contractor to collect household waste from individual residents,” Mr Bennett said.

“There was interest in the meeting in the use of a private contractor.”

Council will look at how other local governments deal with rural household waste, like Bathurst which he said does employ a private rural waste contractor.

Mr Bennett said this options means council was not involved in the rubbish collection process, save for making the introduction to residents.

“A private contractor may be more expensive, but it could be a trade off (for getting rubbish collected),” he said.

It was unfeasible for rubbish trucks used for town services to undertake rural collections as they were not designed for out-of-town use, with distances, planning, roadways to be considered, he said.

Investigations into the various options will be conducted over the following weeks.

The waste depot at Wirrinya was closed after a fire in August last year, and has remained shut while council considered the new plan in accordance with changing waste regulations.

Since its closure, residents have been forced to cart household rubbish at least 30km to neighbouring waste facilities, a particularly unpleasant task over the summer months, and are anxious that a solution be found.

The Rural Waste Facilities Options plan encompasses all of Forbes’ rural waste depots, including Wirrinya, Garema, Warroo, Bedgerebong and Ootha.

Editor’s note: There was significant social media feedback on our story, “Smooth start to new bin system” published on Friday, about Forbes’ new kerbside rubbish pick-up.

There were nearly 40 comments, most saying they wanted to be able to bag their food waste in the green bins to prevent odour and maggots.

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Piper praises heavenly event

LIFE OF ITS OWN: This year’s Heaven Can Wait regatta raised $35,000, which was donated to the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council of NSW.LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper has publicly praised a charity sailing event that is heldannually in his electorate.
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In parliament last month, Mr Piper spoke on theHeaven Can Wait charity regatta, which for 10 years has been organised and hosted bythe Royal Motor Yacht Club in Toronto.

“Our community is blessed with people who just dig in when the chips are down and do the things that create the sort of community we feel proud to be a part of,” Mr Piper said.

“An example of such people is those associated with an event called Heaven Can Wait, an annual sailing regatta on our lake, which is not just a wondrous display of human spirit but also a fascinating display of human endurance.”

The idea for Heaven Can Wait was conceived by Lake Macquariesailor Shaun Lewicki, who had previously battled cancer.

Mr Lewickiinitially established the event to promote sailing, shine a spotlight on the region’s aquatic assets and to raise some funds for cancer research along the way.

The event took on alife of its own and has now raised about a $250,000 for cancer-related charities including the Domestic Support Services Program run by the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council.

The regatta is held as part of Lakefest, which this year raised $50,000 for charities.Mel Steiner, vice commodore of Toronto’s Royal Motor Yacht Club and Heaven Can Wait committee chair, andMr Lewicki donated$35,000 of money raised this yearto the Hunter branch of the Cancer Council of NSW.

Speaking about the number of yachts that took part in February’s regatta, about 70,Mr Piper took the opportunity to raise the issue of access to theSwansea Channel.

“There is no doubt that uncertainty around the ability to access Swansea Channel would impact on the number of yachts willing to visit Lake Macquarie to participate,” Mr Piper said.

“This issue is commonly raised with me,but it is a side issue that cannot overshadow the wonderful Heaven Can Wait regatta.”

Mr Piper thanked organisers of the Heaven Can Wait charity regatta.

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Win for depleted Ranges

Eastern Ranges 19.9 (123)defCowell10.5 (65) A GRADE: Cowell’s Kieran Fiegert and Eastern Ranges’ Jonothan Forrest leap for the ball.
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WITHa brisk northerly and temperatures close to 30 degrees, Cowell ventured to Rudall with an improved side loaded with youth, to take on the reigning premiers, who were missing several quality playersand had added fivefirst game players to their list.

After the Anzac ceremony, the Ranges won the toss and kicked to the silo end. Theywere immediately on the attack with early goals to Rhyce Beinke and Damien Hannemann, who were reaping the rewards of Rick Leonard and Beinke’s own hard work out of the centre.Jonothan Forrest was winning the ruck, and continued to do so all day, supported by Jared Siviour.

Pat Jenner was on the end of a Forrest pass, goaled, and then worked hard for Cameron Taheny to kick his first A grade goal on the run. Shortly afterwards Hannemann again roved the pack to post his second for the quarter.

Cowell’s first foray forward resulted in a goal from Klay Smith late in the quarter, and Ranges went to quarter time leading 5-3 (33) to Cowell’s solitary goal.

Cowell started the second quarter with more intensity using the breeze, targeting Kieren Fiegert up forward, but Ranges rebounded from missed opportunities to goal through Forrest, and then a slick pass from Beinke set up Jenner who kicked his second.Rick Leonard was in everything, and rewarded with a goal on the end of a chain of handballs, and Ranges had set up a match-winning lead.

Pat Jenner was again the recipient of fast clearance and slotted his third from 45 metres.

Cowell showed a bit of endeavour to work the ball forward to Kyle Wildman who marked strongly and goaled, and shortly after was on the end of a good pass from Nathan Mills to kick a second.

Ranges finished the quarter on a positive note with another goal to Jenner, as a result of more strong work by Leonard, tolead 10.4 (64) to Cowell 3.3 (21).

Cowell went on the attack from the centre through Tyler Franklin but Ranges rebounded and Rhyce Beinke again goaled to extend the already handy lead.

Cowell continued to force the ball into the breeze and their forward lines with little reward. Aturnover allowed Jenner and James Kellett to combine down the wing, enablingTaheny to kick another with a good left leg snap.

Brock McFarlane kept trying hard to set up some positive forward movement together with the Mills twins, but again Ranges capitalised on turnovers and Jared Siviour and Alex Sampson combined to deliver to Hannemann, who kicked truly.

The momentum had well and truly swung Ranges’ way late in the quarter, and Jake Stutley was outstanding in defence.Cowell made one last forward movement to Wildman, but only a minor score resulted.

The final quarter started with another good centre clearance from Ranges, with Jenner finding Harry Dunn, who notched his first A grade goal.

Cowell repliedthrough Justin Mills, but Stutley set Dunn up for his second, and when Jack Weiss found Jenner for his fifth, the game was out of Cowell’s reach.

Nathan Byrnes added another for the Ranges after a 50m penalty, but to their credit Cowell kept fighting, and pushed forward to Wildman who took a great horizontal mark in front of goal, to post his fourth.

McFarlane and Alec Klingberg combined to peg another back, and the Cats had gained the momentum.An errant kick out from Cowell allowed Byrnes to intercept and find Dustin Beinke, who kicked truly.

Cowell replied through another fine mark from Wildman, and Alec Klingberg applied good pressure to allow McFarlane to snap another on his left.

As the game meandered to a conclusion Wildman again marked in a pack to kick his sixth for the afternoon.

Cowell won the last quarter, Brock McFarlane was awarded the Alan Moore-Wilson ANZAC Medal, but Ranges came away with the two points andencouraged by the fact they have up to eight players to come back. The young players held their own all day.

Best players for Ranges were Rhyce Beinke, JonothanForrest, Pat Jenner, Jake Stutley, Jared Siviour and Rick Leonard.Cowell was well served by Brock McFarlane, Kyle Wildman, Nathan andRiley Mills and Tyler Franklin.​

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Long-term questions

A State Liberal MP has questioned the State Government on their long-term plan for Arrium.The State Liberal Party has called on the Weatherill government to outline a long-term plan for the futureof Arrium and Whyalla.
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Member for StuartDan van Holst Pellekaan said no commitment had been made by the State Government to secure the long-term future of Arrium.

“Treasurer Koutsantonis has been ‘in talks’ for over ten months now and there are many unanswered questions,” Mr Pellekaan said.

“There has been sufficient time for talk, what exactly is the Weatherill Labor Government doing to support Arrium’s workers and the South Australian economy.”

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonissaid the government’s Steel Task Force has been working to identify the best way a capital investment could be made to benefit Whyalla.

“That process is nearly complete but it must not be rushed,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“It’s essential that we make the right investment in Whyalla that improves the capacity of Arrium to reduce costs, win contracts and trade into the future for the long term.”

Mr Koutsantonis said the state government would be becalling on the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition to commit to a partnership on the investment before the Federal Election.

“We will also call on the State Opposition to assist our state achieve a co-investment with the Commonwealth,” he said.

Mr Pellekaan said it was essential for the state government to develop a plan for Arrium.

“The people of Whyalla and all South Australians deserve to know what options the State Government is considering,” he said.

Mr Pellekaan said he was still waiting to see the answers to several questions, including:

– Has the Weatherill Government prepared an assistance package for Arrium?

– If so, how much tax-payer dollars will be committed?

– What assurances will there be?

– When will this be announced?

Mr Koutsantonis was recently in Whyalla to meet with Arrium creditors, Administrator Mark Mentha, Member for Giles Eddie Hughes and Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.

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Kicking it for Men’s Crisis Support Inc.

WARRIORS: Daniel Longworthy, Trevor Trainor, Bill Johnson and Jerry Murray will partner to bring martial arts legend Sam Greco to town. Funds raised through two events with Greco will go toward Hunter Valley Men’s Crisis Support Inc. PICTURE: PERRY DUFFIN.Maitland’s martial arts community is coming together with a legend of the craft, Sam Greco, to help raise money for Hunter Valley Men’s Crisis Support Inc.
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A retiredsuper heavyweightK-1 kickboxer and karate champion-turned-motivational speaker, Greco is a massive figure in Australia’s martial arts history.

A training seminar will be held on Saturday April 30 from 10am at Branxton Community Hall with Greco as host and instructor.

A dinner will also be held where Grecowill discuss the motivational philosophy he developed from years spent on the mat which he calls “transferring the fighter’s ethic”.

The dinner will be held on Saturday April 30 from 7pm at Club Maitland City.

Both events are open to the wider community.

Hunter Valley Men’s Crisis Support is a Maitland charity focusing on men who are at risk of mental health, housing and family breakdown.

It provides everything from friendship to care packages through community fundraisers.

Jerry Murray and Trevor Trainor of Hunta karate Kyokushin, Bill Johnson of Kombat Academy and Daniel Langworthy of Hunter Valley Karate told the Star they didn’t have a goal for how much money they hoped to raise through the events.

Rather they hoped the events would show solidarity and support for HVMCS’ mission.

“It’s especially important right now,” Mr Murray said.

“There are a lot of blokes going through a tough time –depression is sky high with FIFO, unemployment and family problems.”

Mr Johnson said he’d seen countless men turn their lives around through camaraderie, often finding it inside the dojo.

“I’ve seen it a lot with military guys and PTSD,” he said.

“They’re looking for camaraderie but also the structure, the discipline, the sense of progress.”

Organisers are calling for sponsors to help with the event.

More information, including tickets and sponsorships, can be found by contactingJerry on0407 077 930.

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A new Anzac Day dawned

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OUR TIME TO SAY “THANK YOU”: The chill of an Autumn dawn was given a warm glow with an inspiring turnout for the first service of the day in Lithgow’s Queen Elizabeth Park. A few years ago adawn service would attract only the most dedicated; these days there are ever increasing numbers who see it as a duty. There were similar scenes at dawn services at Portland, at Sunny Corner andin the neighbouring Blue Mountains. Portland and Wang photos page four. Photo JEFF GEDDES

WHEN across the Lithgow region we gathered in our hundreds yesterday to commemorate the spirit of Anzac, there were all the usual and unavoidable cliches and speeches about sacrifice and the folly of war.

But the true meaning of the day was not in the speeches and the ceremonials — it was in the sheer numbers of people who had nothing to say but said it all anyway just by turning up to stand in silent remembrance.

It was the same around the impressive cenotaph in Lithgow Queen Elizabeth Park, in Wolgan Street at Portland, beside the railway corridor at Wallerawang and Rydal, at a clearing in the native Australian bush at Lowther, at the simple monument in the village at Tarana and beside the Castlereagh Highway at Cullen Bullen and Capertee.

Everywhere the message was the same and simple — ‘thank you’.

It was the same in the neighbouring Blue Mountains towns.

That was Anzac Day, a time for recollection and tribute where silent reflection says as much as a familiar speech.

Once again it was obvious that age has not wearied the nation’s dedication to all that Anzac Day represents.

As the years go by the numbers of marching veterans dwindle while the crowds recognising their sacrifices continue to grow in number.

Just how remarkable, and even inspiring, is it that so many people of all ages are prepared to get out of bed in the darkness to greet an always chilly sunrise for dawn services?

If it wasn’t another record attendance in Lithgow yesterday it must have been close to it.

Later in the morning they turned out to do it all again with hundreds of others for the main service.

The parade and wreath laying included youngsters from district schools who gave up a day in their holidays to represent the next generation of Australians to continue the Anzac Day tradition.

Speeches focussed on familiar themes and the acknowledgement that despite past sacrifices it is still a troubled world.

The implication was clear; perhaps some day those youngsters taking part in the remembrance will one day attend an Anzac Day where those making the familiar speeches will truly be able to declare that the sacrifices of the past and present were not in vain after all.

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Parents urged to nip it in the budVideo

Stop it at the start aims to help families, teachers, sports coaches and others challenge their own views about respectful relationships and gender equality, and start a conversation with young people. Photo: FILEWESTERN NSW communities are being urged to get involved in a new campaign on how disrespect towards girls can grow into something more serious.
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Stop it at the start aims to help families, teachers, sports coaches and others challenge their own views about respectful relationships and gender equality, and start a conversation with young people.

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said violence against women was a widespread issue affecting many Australians.

“The statistics are shocking. Every week a women is murdered by her current or former partner and one in three women has been a victim of physical or sexual violence, since the age of 15, from someone known to them,” Mr Coulton said.

“But many of us often don’t realise where it begins – with the attitudes and behaviours our kids develop as they grow up.

“As adults, the things we say and do when we see disrespect towards girls have a real impact. Casual comments like ‘boys will be boys’ teach boys that it’s OK to act that way. Telling girls ‘he just does it because he likes you’ teaches them that they should simply accept disrespectful behaviour.

“This escalates to one in four young people not thinking it’s serious if a guy, who’s normally gentle, sometimes slaps his girlfriend when he’s drunk and they’re arguing.

“Our words are powerful and our influence is strong. What we think and do becomes normal for us very quickly so it can be hard to challenge ourselves.

“But we can be more aware that the excuses we make have a lasting impact. We can start having conversations about respect. And we can intervene and correct this behaviour in young people when we see it.”

Television advertising for the campaign started on Sunday. It will be supported with online tools and resources, community engagement and a number of other activities that will run until 2018.

The campaign is one element of a national, long-term strategy to reduce violence against women and their children. It is underpinned by the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

This campaign is on top of the Coalition government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package announced in September last year, which includes funding for developing innovative ways of using technology to keep women safe for example, GPS trackers for perpetrators, safe mobile phones, and safety devices for homes.

This package also enhanced and extended support services, including 1800RESPECT, Mensline and DV-Alert, as well as supported local caseworkers in domestic violence hotspots to better co-ordinate community services.

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Parents urged to nip it in the budVideo

Stop it at the start aims to help families, teachers, sports coaches and others challenge their own views about respectful relationships and gender equality, and start a conversation with young people. Photo: FILEWESTERN NSW communities are being urged to get involved in a new campaign on how disrespect towards girls can grow into something more serious.
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Stop it at the start aims to help families, teachers, sports coaches and others challenge their own views about respectful relationships and gender equality, and start a conversation with young people.

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said violence against women was a widespread issue affecting many Australians.

“The statistics are shocking. Every week a women is murdered by her current or former partner and one in three women has been a victim of physical or sexual violence, since the age of 15, from someone known to them,” Mr Coulton said.

“But many of us often don’t realise where it begins – with the attitudes and behaviours our kids develop as they grow up.

“As adults, the things we say and do when we see disrespect towards girls have a real impact. Casual comments like ‘boys will be boys’ teach boys that it’s OK to act that way. Telling girls ‘he just does it because he likes you’ teaches them that they should simply accept disrespectful behaviour.

“This escalates to one in four young people not thinking it’s serious if a guy, who’s normally gentle, sometimes slaps his girlfriend when he’s drunk and they’re arguing.

“Our words are powerful and our influence is strong. What we think and do becomes normal for us very quickly so it can be hard to challenge ourselves.

“But we can be more aware that the excuses we make have a lasting impact. We can start having conversations about respect. And we can intervene and correct this behaviour in young people when we see it.”

Television advertising for the campaign started on Sunday. It will be supported with online tools and resources, community engagement and a number of other activities that will run until 2018.

The campaign is one element of a national, long-term strategy to reduce violence against women and their children. It is underpinned by the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

This campaign is on top of the Coalition government’s $100 million Women’s Safety Package announced in September last year, which includes funding for developing innovative ways of using technology to keep women safe for example, GPS trackers for perpetrators, safe mobile phones, and safety devices for homes.

This package also enhanced and extended support services, including 1800RESPECT, Mensline and DV-Alert, as well as supported local caseworkers in domestic violence hotspots to better co-ordinate community services.

Visit 梧桐夜网respect.gov419论坛 for more information on the campaign.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 梧桐夜网1800RESPECT.org419论坛.

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