Make A Stand campaign recognised at National Awards

Published on 24 January 2022


The City of Ryde has received an honourable mention in the 2021 National Awards for Local Government for its Make A Stand campaign.

The Make A Stand campaign is a Council-led initiative developed in partnership with Ryde Hunters Hill Domestic Violence Committee, Ryde Police Area Command, Eastwood & Gladesville Liquor Accord, Community Migrant Resource Centre and the Purple Nail Tribe - Lisa Harnum Foundation to end violence and abuse. 

First launched in 2019 as a community march and rally, the campaign has evolved and now features a range of activities and initiatives that are centred around the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

In 2021, the Make A Stand campaign featured the following:

  • A Stories of Resilience podcast series which produced 45 episodes in six different languages. The podcasts have become an important tool for referring agencies and victims
  • A community partnership with the Eastwood/Gladesville Liquor Accord which resulted in 70 pubs, clubs and liquor outlets participate by displaying Make A Stand posters and coasters throughout their venues with QR codes that linked people to support information and resources
  • A partnership with the Lisa Harnum Foundation to encourage men in the community to become part of the Purple Nail Tribe, in which they pledged support to Make A Stand by painting their nail purple. This was supported by Sydney Football Club, North-West Sydney Football Club and Bunnings
  • A social media campaign, in which the community was encouraged to take part by using the #MakeAStand hashtag. In total, 25 social media posts were distributed with more than 21,000 views and 533 likes, comments and shares.

The 2021 National local government awards received 111 nominations across the eight categories, with a total of 2564 individual voters casting 6176 votes.

Assistant Minister for Local Government Kevin Hogan congratulated all councils that took part in the 2021 National Awards for Local Government.

“What’s clear is the hard work and dedication of our councils, to overcome barriers such as bushfires, floods and COVID-19 to adopt new ideas that deliver remarkable outcomes for their communities," Mr Hogan said.

“The projects nominated for this year’s awards demonstrate how local governments continue to raise the standard of living for Australians, from backing the arts and cultural experiences we know and love, right through to saving lives by improving road safety." 

The success of the Make A Stand campaign coincides with the City of Ryde Council receiving White Ribbon Accreditation, recognising the organisation's ongoing commitment to eliminating family and domestic violence.

If you are experiencing any form of violence please call the Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

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