Midland March That Matters

21 Nov 2019
Midland March That Matters

Hundreds of people gathered in Midland to take a stand against domestic violence.

Members of the local community carried banners in the Midland March That Matters, led by the WA Police Pipe Band, united in the message that there is no excuse for abuse. 

After the march, guest speakers shared their stories and experiences of domestic and family violence including a survivor of domestic violence Catherine Earnshaw, City of Swan Aboriginal Partnership and Development Officer John Mogridge and WA Police Midland District Superintendent Noreen O'Rourke.

A Purple Bench, the first in the City of Swan, was also unveiled at Juniper Gardens to commemorate domestic violence victims and survivors.

The symbolic bench will  provide a place of quiet reflection for those who have been impacted by Family and Domestic Violence, as well as being a visual reminder of the prevalence of Family and Domestic Violence in WA. If you would like to find out more about the Purple Bench Project, visit the Women's Council website here.

During the the event the crowd was entertained by Aboriginal dancers from Kiara College, and no one went hungry, thanks to the sausage sizzle cooked by volunteers from the Swan Districts Lions Club.

Thanks to everyone who came down to support this years march, and to the volunteers, especially the North East Metro Committee all their hard work and dedication in organsing this important event.

The North-East Metro Committee comprises representatives from Relationships Australia WA, Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Centrecare, Koolkuna, City of Swan, Indigo Junction, WA Police, Rise Network, Department of Communities, MIDLAS, Essential Personnel and community members.