Toowoomba’s March Against Violence Today (15th December)

The Toowoomba regional community is being called upon to take a stance against all forms of violence with a Street March in Toowoomba today,  Thursday 15th December.

While it is acknowledged that violence isn’t rampant in Toowoomba, the committee’s aim is to promote and keep Toowoomba a safe, healthy and peaceful community. By saying that violence is not an option, the Toowoomba community can maintain its reputation as a desirable place to live.

Prominent citizens including the Mayor Peter Taylor & USQ Vice Chancellor Bill Lovegrove will lead other local champions of the ‘Toowoomba Says NO to Violence’ message.  The Street March which will leave from near the Empire Theatre at just after 11.00am this morning, march north along Neil Street, swing west into Margaret Street and then south into Ruthven Street to finish on the steps of the Town Hall. Mayor Taylor, USQ Vice Chancellor Bill Lovegrove and Marcus Romea, a student from Toowoomba High School Mt Lofty campus will address the gathering. Following the short speeches there will be a Free Sausage sizzle available, food supplied by Rotary with cold drinks available for purchase.

People wanting to join in the march are asked to assemble on the grassed area near the front of the Empire Theatre Church in Neil Street, Toowoomba at 11.00am for an 11.30am move off.

Submitted by:
Tony Rehn
Crime Prevention Officer
Southern Region
Queensland Police Service
Ph 07 4631 6755

ADDENDUM: Our Walk Against Violence was a success.  We estimate 60 people walked and took a stand, a bit down on last year but I think the weather had something to do with that. Thanks to Mayor Peter Taylor, Vice Chancellor Bill Lovegrove and the marvellous effort of Nathan Romea, student representative of Toowoomba State High School for their leadership of the march and their important words at the end.

This is a great city and region and we are on the right track to alert people to that fact, together with their responsibility to themselves and this community. With much development in the pipeline we are in for some heady times in the next few years and with your consent and assistance TSN2V can be there to help weave the fabric of this community into the strong, resilient and amazing tapestry it can be.

Special thanks to the Pipes and Drums, marvellous effort to be there on short notice and play for the entire length of the march, thank you.

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