MEMORIAL BENCH: Cr Gavin Jones, Cr Roz Frohloff, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, Cr Terry Fleischfresser and CEO Mark Pitt along side Mayor Keith Campbell, Cr Ros Heit and Cr Danita Potter at the site of the first red bench at Kingaroy.
MEMORIAL BENCH: Cr Gavin Jones, Cr Roz Frohloff, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, Cr Terry Fleischfresser and CEO Mark Pitt along side Mayor Keith Campbell, Cr Ros Heit and Cr Danita Potter at the site of the first red bench at Kingaroy.

Have you seen the South Burnett’s newest red bench?

IN LINE with White Ribbon Day, South Burnett Regional Council has unveiled the first of many new memorials to be created across the region.

The installation of red bench memorials was initiated by the Red Rose Foundation as a way to pay tribute to victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

Council rolled out the first memorial in front of Wayne's World along Haly St, Kingaroy with plans to install others across the region.

Council chief executive Mark Pitt said he was proud to have been part of the group that helped get the worthy project across the line.

"In March 2019 council developed an anti-violence policy for all staff," Mr Pitt said.

"It's an area that affects all areas of society.

"We are a strong supporter of White Ribbon Day, so it's great that we have been able to unveil the first one this week.

Cr Danita Potter, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Mayor Keith Campbell are proud to have the first red bench installed at Kingaroy.
Cr Danita Potter, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Mayor Keith Campbell are proud to have the first red bench installed at Kingaroy.

"We had a couple of representatives from the community put forward the idea.

"It took a little bit to investigate but now we have the first red bench memorial in Kingaroy," he said.

Mr Pitt said communities across the South Burnett should expect to see more red seats in their sights as council staff work towards choosing a place for them in every town and village.

"Wherever we have public feeting, a memorial will be installed," Mr Pitt said.

"We will be using pre-existing benches where possible.

"Crowies have generously donated the paint as well.

"Until June 2020 we will be trying to get them into as many towns as possible in the South Burnett."

Mr Pitt said council would be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the memorials.

White Ribbon Day is held on November 25 as part of an international movement to eradicate violence against women and families.