Landmarks throughout Moira Shire have been illuminated orange as part of a campaign against violence.
Moira Shire Council is participating in the United Nations Orange the World 16 Days of Activism campaign targeting gender-based violence. The landmarks lit up as part of the campaign include the palm trees in the Cobram roundabouts, the Yarrawonga Town Hall, Numurkah Lake and the Barmah Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia
Mayor Libro Mustica said domestic and family violence cost the Australian economy more than $8billion dollars.
‘‘It is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Australia and these figures are relevant to Moira Shire,’’ he said.
‘‘By having leaders in the workplace take a public stance it encourages others to do so.
‘‘As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls.’’
Cr Mustica said by participating in the Orange the World campaign, council was addressing a focus area from its Community Safety Strategy.
‘‘We are actively involved in implementing innovative community programs which raise awareness about the role gender inequality plays in driving family violence,’’ he said.
‘‘It is unacceptable that one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner.’’
The Orange the World 16 Days of Activism began on November 25 and will end on Sunday.