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MEDIA RELEASE - Share your thoughts on respect

21 October 2019

Heywood residents are invited to share their visions and thoughts on what a respectful community should look like as part of a new creative event.

‘Sketch Respect’ postcards are currently being distributed throughout the township, aiming to encourage positive conversations about safe and welcoming communities. The postcards ask people that have a connection to the Heywood community to share their ideas of what a respectful township looks like, with these suggestions then to be visually captured as part of a live sketch session in early December.

Project Respect Heywood Project Officer Hara Carragher hoped to see community members of all ages taking part in ‘Sketch Respect’.

“Sketch Respect postcards are being delivered throughout Heywood, so keep an eye out for one of the colourful designs in your mailboxes or next time you visit a local business,” she said.

“We hope to see a broad section of the community making the most of this unique opportunity so we can ensure all voices are heard and visually represented.

“By sharing your suggestions of what a respectful community looks like, feels like or sounds like, your ideas will then be drawn by a professional artist and presented on Tuesday 3 December at a live sketch session, the first event of its kind for Heywood.

“The artist will combine all of the suggestions received, as well as the ideas shared on the night into one illustration, which will outline a roadmap to respect.

“This final piece will reveal what a respectful community looks like, what has been achieved as a community and the next steps to fostering a respectful Heywood community.”

‘Sketch Respect’ postcards are due back by 18 November and can be returned to the Heywood Library, Heywood Rural Health or any Glenelg Shire Council Customer Service Centre.

The Sketch Respect postcards form part of Council’s activities and events for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign will unite people around the world on a local, national, regional and international level to raise awareness and call for action against one the most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women and girls.

For further information on Sketch Respect event please contact Project Respect Heywood Project Officer Hara Carragher at or by calling 5527 0615.

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