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The new Macleay Island ‘Red Seat’ has been officially ‘unveiled’ at a special ceremony to promote the importance of tackling Domestic Violence in our community.

The Red Seat is located in a prominent position outside the Pharmacy Essentials and Medical Centre on Macleay Island.

The seat has come about as a result of a campaign started by the Red Rose Foundation, an organisation set up to highlight the problems associated with Domestic Violence.

It is a program that has been taken up by Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams and the Red Seat Program is being rolled out right across the Redlands Coast.

The official unveiling was carried out by Mayor Karen Williams with support from Member for Redlands Kim Richards and Divison 5 Councillor Mark Edwards.

The event was also attended by Betty Taylor, the founder of the Red Rose Foundation.

Mayor Karen Williams told the gathering that the issue of Domestic Violence was a ‘tragic one’ and an ‘issue that clearly needs to be addressed by society in general’.

“It is no one demographic. Domestic Violence is across all levels of society”, she said.

MP Kim Richards was full of praise for the island Red Seat initiative and said she hopes the prominent presence of the seat serves as a beacon to islanders to ‘educate and inform’.

The seat on Macleay Island has come about thanks to the Renegades men’s group that has refurbished and upgraded an appropriate seat, funded and sponsored by them, and The Friendly Bay Islander.

The Friendly Bay Islander contributed $650 to the project and others have provided services to see the ‘Red Seat’ become an eventuality.

George Economous of Pharmacy Essentials and the medical centre gave the Renegades approval to place the seat in its prominent position, out the front of the Macleay Island Medical Centre.

Russell Island Readymix provided the concrete for the slab for the ‘Red Seat’, and Island Engineer Ray Saunders donated his services for the engineering.

The Renegades Men’s Shed group not only upgraded the chair to its bright red status, but also excavated the footings and laid the concrete for the small slab.

An appropriate message board has been attached to the ‘Red Seat’ providing information about the project and contact information in relation to Domestic Violence.

The Red Seat sign says: The RED SEAT has been placed here to create awareness about domestic and family violence in the community. If you need assistance or support, please contact the DV Connect 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline on 1800 811 811

• MP Kim Richards, Betty Taylor, Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards on the Red Seat with the Renegades and George Economous at the opening.



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