Mayor calls for anti-bullying summit on the Fraser Coast
SPURRED by the State Government's response to bullying in schools, Fraser Coast mayor Chris Loft has called for a national anti-bullying summit to be held on the Fraser Coast.
Citing Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's call to stamp out bullying in schools, Cr Loft said he wanted to host a summit involving government and business leaders and community groups.
Speaking in yesterday's council meeting, he said bullying "didn't stop at the school fence."
"(Bullying) happens all across all sectors in our community, from the school yard to the corporate world," Cr Loft said.
"Starting from a young age, all children should learn how to recognise and handle bullying behaviours.
"I'm requesting your support for the council to lead the way to national change." Cr Loft called on the region's state and federal members to join the council in finding solutions."
His motion was carried unanimously by councillors.
The call comes amid national coverage of the death of Northern Territory teen Dolly Everett earlier this month. Deputy mayor George Seymour said the council should help in any way to start a "national conversation."
If you have been bullied or witnessed others been bullied and need help contact Kids Help Line (1800 55 1800) for 5-25 year olds, or Lifeline (13 11 14).