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    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Mayors Make Pledge in Cairns

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Mayors Make Pledge in Cairns

    Fifteen Indigenous Mayors have pledged their commitment to ending domestic and family violence. 

    Indigenous leaders met in Cairns today with Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner to reinvigorate community strategies for Closing the Gap on disadvantage. 

    “Bringing together local leaders from local communities has been valuable for sharing knowledge and experience, and identifying the priorities for individual councils to Close the Gap,” Mr Furner said. 

    “Two things have become apparent as a direct result of today’s roundtable discussion; a business-as-usual approach won’t deliver outcomes in Closing the Gap and a one-size-fits-all solution won’t suit all communities.” 

    Mr Furner said in addition to a pledge to stamp out domestic violence, the Mayors were also united in their desire to improve the wellbeing of their communities by taking steps to reduce smoking rates and the consumption of unhealthy foods. 

    “The clear message from Indigenous leaders is they want to have greater involvement in the decisions affecting their communities and have local workers involved in the delivery of health and social services,” Mr Furner said. 

    “A local focus on balanced Alcohol Management Plans relevant to the individual circumstances of each community, as well as targeted community education on responsible drinking, were strongly endorsed by the Mayors.” 

    Palm Island Mayor Alf Lacey said today’s roundtable discussion had facilitated genuine discussion on desired community outcomes.   

    “I thank the Minister for convening such a constructive forum which I haven’t seen in a long time,” Mayor Lacey said. 

    Minister Furner has given a commitment to all fifteen Mayors to report their views on the way forward to Cabinet. 

    “Today is another good example of local leaders leading local solutions for the benefit of their communities,” he said.    

    Mayors' Pledge:  

    I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women.

    This is my oath.

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