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Community raises White Ribbon awareness

Halls Creek community members form a white ribbon to stand up against domestic violence.
Halls Creek community members form a white ribbon to stand up against domestic violence.Picture: Tara Ward

If you were driving along Great Northern Highway between Halls Creek and Kununurra recently, you would have seen 43 termite mounds garbed in white.

It was a stark reminder of the 43 lives lost to domestic violence this year across Australia.

The installation was put up by Debbie Dicks, from the Kimberley Family and Domestic Violence Service in Halls Creek, for White Ribbon Day.

“I came up with that idea because I used to drive up and down the highway for three and half years,” she said.

“We got some white T-shirts donated by the Perth op shops and in Halls Creek.

“Last year, there were 69 deaths recognised at White Ribbon Day, this year was 43, so it makes me feel proud the work we do may have affected the number.”

The termite mounds were dressed in the week leading up to White Ribbon Day last month.

A march was then held involving schools from the region and members of the public with about 120 people walking down the main street to the oval dressed in white.

Photos taken by a drone piloted by teacher Tara Ward will be used for a domestic violence poster for Halls Creek.

A White Ribbon Day march was held last week in Kununurra, where balloons were released in the air in memory of those who have been lost.

It was attended by Member for the Kimberley Josie Farrer.

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