Daniel Greef

Breaking the Silence

• Condobolin may be a small town, but it has big plans to help break the silence on domestic violence with a powerful documentary highlighting the stories of local people.The premiere of ‘Little Towns, Big Voices’ was launched by activist, and former Labor Minister, Peter Garrett in Condobolin, last Thursday. The stark reality of the impact domestic violence has on families and communities was showcased in the confronting 28-minute film. It unflinchingly lets local residents share their harrowing experiences of domestic violence. ‘Little Towns, Big Voices’ was the brainchild of the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee, and it is hoped that the film will be a step in decreasing domestic violence Australia wide. MB 

By Melissa Blewitt

Confronting. Harrowing. Raw. Honest. Unflinching. These are all words that could describe the powerful 28-minute documentary, ‘Little Towns, Big Voices.’
It tells of the stories of several victims, men and women, who have been victims or witnesses to domestic violence. The material is shocking and at times distressing. However, the main objectives of the film is to create change and promote action on domestic violence across Australia.
The documentary was launched by activist, and former Labor Minister, Peter Garrett at the Condobolin RSL Club last Thursday.
An interview with Mr Garrett became the documentary’s narration. He believed he was already involved in the cause, and was the father of three daughters.
Mr Garrett said while he had long been involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns, he was moved by the stories of those portrayed in the film.
“It’s really good to be out here seeing this community joining together to lift the covers off domestic violence, which has been an issue for far too long. It deserves to be seen by as many people as possible,” he said.
It is a project that is the brainchild of the Lachlan Domestic Violence Committee, and has taken over 10 years to bring to fruition.
The Domestic Violence (DV) group started a basket weaving class to help women relax, provide a safe place to talk and learn a new skill.
“The DV group also had men and women from the Work For the Dole program at the same time making White Ribbons for White Ribbon Day (25 November). During these programs we had a vision to create a film on domestic violence and the effects it has on women, families and children,” Senior Project Officer with Western Plains Regional Development said.
She added the DV group, in conjunction with project partners NSW Police, had seen the need to break the silence on domestic violence.
Unfortunately, the three Local Government Area within the LAC are all in the top 20 NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) rankings for the reporting of domestic assaults. Forbes is ranked at 11, Lachlan at 16 and Parkes at 17.
Superintendent Chris Taylor said Police would not resile from using all the tools that they have available to bring perpetrators of domestic violence to account for their actions.
“Congratulations to all those involved in the concept and production of this very worthwhile endeavour,” he said at the launch.
“It is an excellent production, which although made here in Condobolin, is not location specific but applies right across Australia and has relevance as an education tool.
“Nowhere is immune from domestic violence. I wish the Lachlan DV Committee all the best in their production of this resource.”
It is hoped that a major network will pick up the film and get the message into mainstream media. The DV Committee is now also in the process of having the film put through the Australian Teachers of Media for a study guide, which will then be able to be implemented into all schools PD/H/PE curriculum. This was made possible by donations from Aboriginal Strategic Direction Crime Prevention Grant, NSW Police Force; House With No Steps, Forbes, Forbes Evening CWA Branch and Bedgerebong CWA Branch.

More thefts as police warn to lock up

Local police are urging the community to lock up and hide their possessions, following further thefts in Condobolin over the past week.

• Senior Constable Daniel Greef is warning residents not to leave sheds, gates and roller doors unlocked. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

Local police are urging the community to lock up and hide their possessions, following further thefts in Condobolin over the past week.

A watch, binoculars, fuel and other items were stolen from a house on North Forbes Road last week.

The robbers entered the shed on the property through a closed but unlocked roller door last Tuesday 30 September. Once inside, some tools were taken and used to get into the house.

Inside, the thieves took a silver coloured Olympic brand watch, black binoculars, a jerry can full of fuel, some metal mesh, star pickets and a box of icecreams.

Scene of Crime Officers have been requested to attend the crime scene.

Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Daniel Greef, warned that properties with rear lane access can provide an easy entry and exit point for potential criminals. While not a full-proof solution, he encouraged business people and residents to ensure all gates and sheds are left locked.

“A lot of people committing crimes carry out a risk assessment beforehand, asking themselves: ‘Is the risk worth the potential reward?’ We want to harden potential targets so that the reward is not worth the risk,” he said.

“These are simple things that can go a long way to preventing crime in our communities,” he said. “We want to make it as hard as possible for potential thieves to commit offences and these simple measures can make a big difference if we’re all diligent.”

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