Speaking in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark has said it is up to the community to help stamp out bullying by reporting it to the authorities.By Riahn Smith
Goulburn Valley residents have been urged to take a zero-tolerance approach to bullying as part of a Victoria-wide campaign to raise awareness of Brodie’s Law.
The law, which made serious bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail, was introduced almost 18 months ago after the suicide of Melbourne woman Brodie Panlock.
The 19-year-old died in 2006 after experiencing ‘‘relentless physical and mental abuse’’ at her workplace.
The campaign will see information about bullying and bullying laws distributed to more than 8000 schools, workplaces and police stations across Victoria.
Speaking at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said identifying, stopping and, ideally, preventing bullying was a community-wide responsibility.
‘‘It’s one thing to have a law on the statute books, but it’s important that people know that the law is there,’’ Mr Clark said.
‘‘Everyone is entitled to be safe in our community and no-one should be forced to endure the fear and degradation of bullying. Authorities rely on information from the community to stamp out bullying, so if you or someone you know is being bullied, report it.’’
Department of Justice Hume regional director John Duck said the region welcomed the campaign.
‘‘It’s a learning for all of us about what can, and what shouldn’t, happen inside schools and inside workplaces,’’ Mr Duck said.
‘‘I think the message is clear that bullying of any level is not acceptable in our society .
‘‘This is just one step in ensuring that everyone understands that.’’
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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