Monthly Archives: May 2016

Domestic violence leave for Council employees


Redland City Council has further strengthened its support for those affected by domestic and family violence by introducing paid domestic violence leave for employees.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams announced the leave at a candle lighting vigil last night to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

“Redland City Council is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and we are one of the first councils in Queensland to introduce domestic violence leave,” she said.

“We will provide an extra 10 days paid leave a year to employees suffering domestic and family violence, helping them maintain financial independence and while they are experiencing abuse.

“Each year, more than 100 people die in Australia because of domestic and family violence and no community is immune from the effects of this appalling behaviour.

“In Queensland alone, the statistics are unacceptable, with more than 180 incidents a day reported to police.

“Council recognises that domestic and family violence is a serious violation of human rights that can affect women, children and men socially, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially.

“Victims of domestic and family violence are suffering enough without having to worry about their financial independence and employment as well, and Council now has an approved guideline that supports those who are experiencing abuse.”

Attendees at last night's vigil light candles to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.

Attendees at last night’s vigil light candles to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic and family violence.

Long-time advocate of local domestic violence services, Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary, said Council had zero tolerance for domestic and family violence.

“Until domestic violence stops, we need to support its victims so they can seek counselling, legal services or advice from other services that can help to manage their circumstances, without having to worry about taking other forms of leave,” she said.

“In addition to the 10 days paid domestic violence leave, which will no doubt provide relief for victims, the guideline provides a personal safety plan at work for those experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as advice about support services to contact.

“Council is also providing training for officers who may be approached about this issue to ensure these situations can be dealt with in a safe and respectful way, plus an assistance program for victims and their immediate dependants.”

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A new campaign will include messages of support for domestic violence victims displayed on Redland City Council waste trucks and other vehicles.

 

Local sporting clubs see the light thanks to Council and State funding


The future of sport in the Redlands is bright thanks to a $1 million joint Redland City Council and Queensland Government lighting upgrade that was officially switched on at Judy Holt Park today.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the lighting upgrade at the three rugby union fields was the first in a $3 million project that would upgrade lighting at sports fields across the Redlands.

“The Redlands is home to many passionate sporting clubs and families that love to watch their children enjoying our local sporting fields and Council is committed to ensuring these fields are of a high standard,” she said.

“As part of this commitment in 2014 we identified fields that required lighting upgrades to meet competition standard.  This is the first of a series of upgrades that will be rolled out over the next three years across the city.”

Cr Williams said the upgrade of lights at Judy Holt Park included new LED technology.

“This technology is only new to Australia and this project will see the Redlands become one of the first cities to use it on our local sporting fields; providing real benefits to local sports clubs,” she said.

“This LED lighting will enhance the sporting experience for both players and spectators; making it easier for locals to get involved in sport and addressing a shortfall in local sporting facilities.”

Division 8 Councillor Tracey Huges said Judy Holt Park was a key sporting location and the lighting upgrade would make it an even more popular venue.

“This $1 million project was made possible thanks to a $100,000 Queensland Government Get Playing grant that was awarded to the Redlands Rugby Union and Recreation Club,” she said.

“Council supported the Club with its application and the upgrade will open the way for more night-time games and training.”

“I would like to congratulate the club on securing this funding and commend the State Government for investing in the local sporting community.

“We are seeing today what can be achieved when the local community and different levels of government work together.”

Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government was pleased to contribute $100,000 in funding to the project under round 3 of its Get Going Places and Spaces program.

“The new lights will improve the accessibility of sports like rugby league, rugby union and touch football in the Redlands area in the evenings,” Mr Pitt said.

“The project will have immediate benefits for approximately 400 members of the Redlands Rugby Union and Recreation Club who already play at this facility each week.

“It will also bring the venue up to competition standards, which means Judy Holt Recreation Precinct is equipped to host higher level competition, representative events and night events in the future.

“This will no doubt have flow on implications including increased membership for Redland Rugby Union and Recreation Club as well as greater interest from the local community.

“I applaud Redland City Council for working with local sporting organisations to improve the sporting facilities for the Redland community.

Get Playing Places and Spaces is all about improving Queensland’s grassroots sporting facilities and lifting participation levels.

“The Palaszczuk Government believes that good sporting facilities encourage greater participation across local communities and this is why we are proud to support these great local projects.”

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