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Redland City Council signs as first business partner in Challenge Zero campaign

People affected by or who use violence are in everyone’s business. They are our co-workers, employees, customers and members, and the result affects work performance and behaviours – impacting productivity and staff well-being.

That’s why Redland City Council is proud to be both the very first organisation and Council in the nation to sign up as a Star Partner of Australia’s CEO Challenge’s new business campaign Challenge Zero.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said “We recognise that two in three women experiencing domestic violence are employed and trying to balance life changing and sometimes life-threatening situations in their personal lives. As a workplace with approximately 1000 staff we want to ensure that we are doing the best we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, along with building skills and awareness of domestic and family violence.

“While the Redlands is a beautiful city it is not immune to domestic and family violence and Council is committed to doing all we can to end this scourge on society.

“Last year Readland City Council became the second council in South East Queensland to introduce domestic and family violence leave for its staff and through my Mayoral Diner en Rouge charity event the Redland community and our friends have raised more than $220,000 towards crisis accommodation for Redlanders affected by domestic and family violence.

“As a community, it is our joint responsibility to ensure domestic can family violence does not go unchallenged and by signing up to the Challenge Zero campaign, it is another way Redland City Council can continue to be part of the solution to ending domestic and family violence”.

“Challenge Zero partners are committing to being responsive workplaces, which means that leaders and CEO’s are seriously considering how they can become part of a whole of community solution in tackling domestic and family violence” said Australia’s CEO Challenge CEO, Jacque Lachmund

“Underpinned by a partnership with the Queensland Government to progress workplace action in response to the Not Now Not Ever Report, Challenge Zero is a campaign that enables us to reach more corporates and professional networks by leveraging engagement through our workplace maturity assessment, Recognise, Respond, Refer workplace training program and e-Learning platform.”

State Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, The Honourable Shannon Fentiman congratulated Redland City Council for its continued commitment to the prevention of domestic violence and their leadership in deciding to join the Challenge Zero campaign.

“By joining Challenge Zero, CEO’s can actively drive social change in the same way they drive other areas of their businesses. A Challenge Zero Star Partnership not only contributes to developing your organisation’s maturity in responding to those affected by domestic and family violence, but gives you an avenue to contribute to the shared goal of ending domestic violence.”

To find out more about the Challenge Zero campaign, head to www.australiasceochallenge.org

Media enquiries: Angie Spencer, 0404 544 817