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White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation November 2016

Today White Ribbon Australia is proud to launch the fifth cohort of its Workplace Accreditation Program. Fourteen organisations across government, private and community sectors have been accredited today after undertaking a rigorous 18-month process to demonstrate commitment to cultural change in preventing and responding to violence against women in the workplace.

Workplaces receiving accreditation include the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACs), and security firm G4S and Northparkes Mines are the first organisations of their kind to achieve accreditation.

Members of the cohort have taken steps to create safe and respectful workplaces. For example, Link Housing distribute information on domestic violence to tenants, and the Castle Hill RSL allow two days of paid leave per domestic abuse incident.

The launch of this cohort brings the total number of accredited Australian Workplaces to 80, with over half a million Australian adults reached via the program.

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White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest cohort of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

31st March 2017

White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest cohort of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of twenty-seven organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 107. A further 78 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation. So far the White Ribbon Accreditation Program has reached over 600,000 Australians via their workplace.

Over the past eighteen months, these organisations have undertaken rigorous training, having satisfied fifteen assessment criteria under three separate standards. They have demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

White Ribbon Australia celebrates the largest group of accredited workplaces to complete its Workplace Accreditation Program. This cohort features a diverse cross-section of organisations, from local councils to a multinational.

“We congratulate all the workplaces receiving accreditation today on their extraordinary effort and dedication,” said Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia.

“These organisations have committed time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies, procedures and the way in which they communicate with staff. They have delivered training to managers and staff on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.

“Workplace Accreditation gives employers across all sectors the means to create and sustain a working environment based on equality and mutual respect. The benefits of standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women extend beyond the immediate office environment.” concluded Ms Davies.

Accreditation lasts for three years and evidences an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.

FACT SHEET FOLLOWS – List of new accredited organisations + evidence based facts on violence against women and the rationale for workplace participation in addressing violence against women.

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Media & Interview requests

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies is available for interview. The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Program video is available upon request.

Contact: Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550 OR Jenny Muir on 0415 401 200

 Organisation  Region
Royal Australian Air Force National
Virgin Australia National
Social Futures NSW
Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW
Samaritans Foundation – Diocese of Newcastle NSW
NSW Police NSW
QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD
Tablelands Sexual Assault Service QLD
Renewal SA SA
SA Ambulance Service SA
SA Environment Protection Authority SA
SA Country Health SA Local Health Network SA
People’s Choice Credit Union SA
Australian Refugee Association SA
SA Metropolitan Fire Services SA
SA Southern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Northern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Women’s and Children’s Local Health Network SA
Fuji Xerox Business Centre Tasmania TAS
Benetas (Anglican Aged Care Services Group) VIC
Surf Coast Shire Council VIC
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria VIC
Waverley Industries Limited VIC
Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat VIC
Benalla Health VIC
The Royal Women’s Hospital VIC
Aboriginal Housing Victoria VIC


Highlights

  • Virgin Australia joins DP World Australia and Telstra as multinational organisations who have Australian operations already accredited by White Ribbon. Virgin is the first airline in Australia to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District is the first health district in NSW to become accredited
  • NSW Police joins: NT Police; SA Police; TAS Police, Fire and Emergency Services as White Ribbon Workplaces
  • QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services joins: WA Department of Child Protection and Family Support, NSW Department of Family & Community Services and NT Department of Local Government and Community Services

About White Ribbon Australia

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women.  It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change.  In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality and men’s violence against women. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

About Violence against Women and the Workplace  

  • One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. [1]
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace. [2]
  • 94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women. [3]
  • In a recent survey, 48% of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, and only 10% found their response helpful. [4]
  • Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence, but it can also be a stressful time for supervisors receiving the disclosure. Training and support is critical.
  • The Australian Government estimates that domestic violence costs the business and corporate sector about $1.5 billion per annum. The direct cost to employers in terms of staff absenteeism, lost productivity replacement staff costs and misused workplace resources is estimated to cost $465 million per annum. [5]

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012

[2] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.

[3] Pennay, D & Powell, A. (2012).  The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report.  The Social Research Centre. Melbourne.

[4] VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

[5] National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). The cost of violence against women and their children.

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White Ribbon: FAQs

Download the pdf of our White Ribbon FAQs, or see below:

Q1: What is primary prevention? Why is it important? Why doesn’t White Ribbon support women and children experiencing violence and abuse?

A: White Ribbon’s focus is primary prevention – stopping violence before it occurs, by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women and gender inequality.

Primary prevention does not involve providing direct support to women and their children escaping violence and abuse. It aims to reduce the need for services by driving societal change for future generations. Primary prevention action works to change attitudes and behaviours that result in disrespect, abuse and violence against women. Prevention action aims to stop the likelihood of men and boys using violence against women and girls. Primary prevention addresses the root causes of violence.

Examples of White Ribbon Australia primary prevention initiatives include:

  • public information and awareness raising campaigns
  • educational programs in schools
  • training and e-learning courses
  • online resources and publications
  • research
  • programs in workplaces
  • government policy establishing frameworks and standards for preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality.

Through education, awareness raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs, partnerships and political advocacy, White Ribbon Australia highlights the positive role men can play to stop violence against women and enables them to be part of this social change.

Learn more about primary prevention.

Q2: What is the basis of the White Ribbon Social Movement?

A: The key to the White Ribbon Social Movement is the engagement of men in the prevention of violence against women. White Ribbon understands that men must be engaged to achieve the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. The movement recognises that violence is a learned, gendered and institutionally supported behaviour. White Ribbon targets the sources of violence rather than accepting the world as it is.

Through education, awareness raising, creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we provide the tools for men to stop violence against women in their community and beyond.

Underpinning our work is the engagement of men.  We provide a safe and inclusive platform for men to develop greater understanding of the abuse and disrespect of women that leads to gender inequality and violence against women. We encourage them to understand and discuss complex and sensitive issues.

Our  male engagement strategy is evidence based and backed by academic and action based research and independent evaluation. It is specifically tailored to provide clear and powerful messaging to men to inspire change and appropriately equip them with strategies and tools for action. White Ribbon works to embed these in the fabric of community and is community driven and supported, to enable change to occur from grassroots through to leadership levels of society.

Q3: What about violence against men?

A: White Ribbon believes that all forms of violence are unacceptable and acknowledges that men and women can be victims. We also acknowledge that the majority of domestic violence victims are women. We understand there are organisations working to prevent violence against men and we commend any prevention work they do.

To be successful, campaigns must have a central focus, because different kinds of violence have different causes and effects. Most charities have their areas of focus, for example Pink Ribbon focuses on breast cancer and Movember focuses on male health. It is important for charities to maintain focus to ensure positive social impact and cost efficiency.

White Ribbon focuses on men’s violence against women.  We support organisations working to end other types of violence. Hopefully the work done between us will see the elimination of all forms of violence in the generations to come.

Q4: Is White Ribbon Australia a feminist organisation?

A: White Ribbon Australia is part of the feminist movement.  We work to achieve gender equality, reframe masculinity, combat patriarchy, and foster social justice.  We engage in activism and media advocacy to change social norms, influence institutional structures, corporate sectors, and impact public policy. White Ribbon Australia has interpreted a feminist approach through a health promotion model.

Q5: How much money does White Ribbon get from the government?

A: We receive 10% of our funding from a mix of local, state and federal governments. The vast majority of this funding goes towards our diversity program which enables us to reach out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and multicultural communities to address domestic violence.

White Ribbon Australia is 90% funded by the community. We rely on donations from the community to drive social change and challenge the attitudes and behaviours that can lead to men’s violence against women. Community generosity helps develop and extend our prevention work. It includes programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community along with initiatives to engage men, advocacy, marketing and communication, community support and training.

Q6: Do you take funding away from tertiary services?

A: White Ribbon’s focus is on primary prevention. We do not take funding away from tertiary services. We connect with and support tertiary services through advocacy and fundraising.   Many White Ribbon Australia community events donate a portion of the proceeds raised from their events to their local tertiary services such as women’s shelters. A recent example is the White Ribbon Riders raising $80,000 for women’s services in the Blacktown area in Sydney.

In our advocacy work, we have consistently called for reinstated and increased funding for essential tertiary services.

We are not the beneficiaries of recent changes to government funding of tertiary services. We deliberately avoid reliance on government funding, so that critical funds can be directed towards tertiary services and the support of women and children across Australia.

Q7: Does White Ribbon collaborate with the prevention sector and tertiary service providers?

A: White Ribbon Australia is part of a global movement to end men’s violence against women and engages with prevention sector and tertiary service providers. We collaborate with them to demand gender equality and the right of every woman to live in safety, free from the abuse of men in all its forms.

We work individually and collectively with other organisations to advocate for effective violence prevention laws and services, to change violence supportive attitudes and behaviours, and to champion the role of men as an integral part of the effort to end men’s abuse of women.

As stated in the White Ribbon Australia Strategic Framework, the Campaign will continue to work in partnership with the key national gender equality and violence prevention agencies, to deliver effective joint campaigns needed for system change.  We actively refer onto service providers, and promote their work across social media, marketing and our prevention program platforms.

Men’s violence against women requires a holistic, whole of community response.  We collaborate with external organisations to ensure the work of the Campaign aligns with the wider effort to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Q8: How does White Ribbon define itself as a community organisation? Why isn’t it more ‘grassroots’?

A: White Ribbon is a grassroots social movement which is owned and driven by the community. We have a high profile and people recognise the symbol of the white ribbon. However, we are a team of 31 people in a single Sydney-based office. We appear bigger because of the community support for our message and programs.

In November 2016, over 700 events took place across Australia to raise awareness, fundraise, and enhance conversation about preventing men’s violence against women. We do not organise these events. Our small team offers support to event hosts through provision of White Ribbon Australia materials such as factsheets, posters, brochures and merchandise.

White Ribbon Australia works at grassroots level engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as well as multicultural communities. By organising forums, facilitated workshops and training, we encourage them to spread the White Ribbon message in their communities: that violence against women and children is not acceptable.

There are also more than 40 White Ribbon Committees around Australia. These committees are made up of passionate Ambassadors, Advocates and champions who volunteer their time and expertise to make a difference. These committees coordinate the White Ribbon social movement within their local communities.

Q9: Does White Ribbon spend money on extravagant things like white ribbons on jets, corporate lunches and helicopters?

A: White Ribbon Australia has a strong values base that includes courage, honesty and integrity. The use of funds is in accordance with our strategic framework and as approved through ethical and best practice governance. The white ribbons that you may see painted on jets and helicopters are created and funded by our supporters in the RAAF to show their support for the White Ribbon Social Movement.   We do not provide funding for these initiatives.

We also do not host corporate lunches. Our partners and supporters may host White Ribbon breakfasts, lunches or dinners, so they can educate their networks about the importance of the movement, engage their communities and spheres of influence to take action, and help raise funds for our primary prevention programs. The White Ribbon Australia CEO and other representatives of the organization are often invited to speak at these events.

Q10: What is the process for becoming an Ambassador?

A: Ambassadors go through a rigorous application process involving:

  • completion of the White Ribbon Australia Ambassador ‘expression of interest’ form
  • completion of online training  ‘First Steps: key knowledge and skills for White Ribbon Ambassadors’
  • a telephone interview with White Ribbon Australia and
  • Reference checks.

The Ambassador Program was reviewed in 2014. Consultations with key stakeholders were undertaken through a series of roundtables. The new strategy in place reflects the outcomes of this extensive review and consultation. All men who became Ambassadors before 2013 have been asked to recommit to the Campaign by undertaking the above steps. This extensive re-committal process is almost complete. We have spoken with over 1000 men during this process. We are also simultaneously processing new Ambassador applications.

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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Real men walk the talk – Lakemba White Ribbon Day Mark 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 24 November, 2015

REAL MEN WALK THE TALK – LAKEMBA WHITE RIBBON DAY MARCH 25TH NOVEMBER 2016

Lakemba’s Real Men Walk the Talk White Ribbon March

will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.

The general public can march from Gilles St, Lakemba and finish at Parry Park, Lakemba.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

 

WHAT: REAL MEN WALK THE TALK – LAKEMBA WHITE RIBBON DAY MARCH 

WHEN: FRIDAY 25th November, 5:30Pm to 8:30Pm                                          

WHERE: GILLES STREET, LAKEMBA 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

SPECIAL GUESTS:            

  • PRU GOWARD – MINISTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • THE HONOURABLE DAVID HURLEY AC DSC- GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES 
  • LIBBY DAVIES – CEO, WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA
  • ANDREW O’KEEFE – WHITE RIBBON AMBASSADOR
  • DAVID FIELD – ACTOR
  • GEORGE BASHA – DIRECTOR
  • WESTERN BULLDOGS

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR:
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

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Installation on Parliament Lawn Canberra remembering victims of Domestic Violence

November 21 2016

Installation on Parliament Lawn Canberra remembering victims of Domestic Violence

This year, as part of the annual White Ribbon Parliamentary Breakfast, a silhouette display will be installed on the front lawn of Parliament House recognising those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.

On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. Each victim will be symbolised by a black female corflute silhouette as a representation of these devastating statistics in Australia.

The display will be visible from Parliament House lawn from 7am, with the Annual Parliamentary Breakfast taking place from 7:30am on Wednesday 23rd November.

At the breakfast the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnball MP, will be joined by the Leader of Opposition, the Hon. Mr Bill Shorten MP, the Leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies and Canada based Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Dr Michael Kaufman as they come together to further their commitment to end men and boy’s violence against women and girls.

Despite these tragic figures, White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are a part of the solution to prevent men’s abuse of women.

White Ribbon engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

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Northern Beaches White Ribbon Day Walk 23rd November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

Northern Beaches White Ribbon Day Walk 23rd November 2016

The Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network is hosting the first White Ribbon walk starting at Queenscliff Surf Club to the Corso Manly. Breakfast provided by The Lions Club of Manly, for a gold coin donation.

The general public are asked to wear a white t-shirt and walk along the beach front together as a community to raise awareness around Domestic and Family Violence on the Northern Beaches.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: NORTHERN BEACHES WHITE RIBBON WALK

WHEN: WESNDESDAY 23RD November, 7:00 am to 9:00 am                                          

WHERE: QUEENSCLIFF SURF CLUB, N SYETNE & COLLINGWOOD STREET, MANLY, 2095 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

 

Website –  http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events/sydney-white-ribbon-walk

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

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Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Day Breakfast 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 november, 2016

Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Day Breakfast 25th November 2016

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The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, has invited 700 guests to partake in the annual Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Breakfast.

Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Dr Michael Kaufman will be amongst keynote speakers.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women.

We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: VICTORIAN GOVERNER’S WHITE RIBBON DAY BREAKFAST

WHEN: FRIDAY 25TH November, 8:30 am to 10:00 am                                          

WHERE: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT HOUSE DRIVE, MELBOURNE, 3004

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY 

SPECIAL GUESTS:            

  • THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA, HER EXCELLENCY THE HONOURABLE LINDA DESSAU AM  
  • WHITE RIBBON FOUNDER, DR MICHAEL KAUFMAN
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA, LIBBY DAVIES

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

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Sydney’s White Ribbon Day Walk 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

Sydney White Ribbon Walk 25th November 2016

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Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk, now in its 5th year, will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.

The general public are invited to walk with the NSW Police Force, Eastern Beaches Local Area Command and Randwick City Council from Highcross Park, Randwick to Grant reserve, Coogee Bay road (streets blocked off) followed by speeches at Coogee Bay Surf Club by White Ribbon Ambassadors and a free breakfast.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: SYDNEY WHITE RIBBON WALK

WHEN: FRIDAY 25th November, 7:15am to 9am                                          

WHERE: GRANT RESERVE, CRN AVOCA STREET & COOGEE BAY ROAD, COOGEE NSW 2034 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • MINISTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSULT, PRU GOWARD
  • THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, MR LUKE FOLEY
  • HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNER OF NEW SOUTH WALES, DAVID HURLEY & WIFE LINDA
  • WHITE RIBBON AMBASSADOR, ANDREW O’KEEFE 
  • WHITE RIBBON AMABASSADOR, SEAN KEENAN
  • EX RUGBY LEAGUE STAR, ANTHONY MINICHIELLO & WIFE TERRY BIVIANO                                               

Website –  http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events/sydney-white-ribbon-walk

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694 – eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476 – mia@sbpr.com.au

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White Ribbon Twilight River Walk Friday 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

White Ribbon Twilight River Walk Friday 25th November 2016

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The White Ribbon Twilight River Walk

will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The general public can walk the 3.5km track and take part in the White Ribbon Oath.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women.

We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT:                                WHITE RIBBON TWLIGHT RIVER WALK 

WHEN:                                FRIDAY 25th November, 5:30PM TO 7:30PM                                          

WHERE:                              TRENCH RESERVE, PENRITH

PURPOSE:                           WHITE RIBBON DAY

 

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

 

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