News

Gulaptis praises domestic violence activist in parliament

Local rugby league identity Dallas Waters has been congratulated in the NSW Parliament for driving a domestic violence community awareness campaign.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis used a speech in the Legislative Assembly to praise White Ribbon ambassador on his drive to change the culture of domestic violence in the Clarence Valley through the 'Domestic Violence Is Foul Play' initiative.

No Caption
No Caption

Mr Gulaptis said Mr Waters had used his sporting profile to urge all sports clubs in the Clarence Valley to get behind the campaign and 'blow the whistle' on domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is the ugly side of humanity that is rampant in the Clarence Valley and it has been hidden for too long," Mr Gulaptis told the Parliament.

"I congratulate Dallas for standing up for the most vulnerable in our community. But he alone cannot carry the load and he needs the support of our sporting leaders and community champions to help spread the word that domestic violence is not acceptable in our sports. It is not acceptable in our community and we will not tolerate it.

"Helping to stamp out domestic violence in our communities will help to solve a broad range of social issues that plague our communities. But this is a bigger problem than cannot be fixed by just one man or the Government alone.

"If we want to reduce domestic violence in our community then it is up to each and every one of us to speak out when we hear it or when we see it.

"If people know someone in their sport or their community is beating up on women or their kids they should speak up about it. This is not acceptable in our society. This is not acceptable in our community."

Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign.
Aboriginal Family Health Coordinator Dallas Waters - driving the Domestic Violence is Foul Play campaign. Adam Hourigan

Mr Gulaptis congratulated the local sporting clubs who have already embraced the program and encouraged other sporting organisations to jump on board.

"By working together we can help reduce domestic violence in the Clarence Valley and protect our women and children and the most vulnerable people in our community," he said.

 

Mr Gulaptis went on to commend the NSW Premier, Mike Baird, for his 12-point plan which includes addressing those social issues that confront our most vulnerable, such as domestic violence, protecting our kids and youth homelessness.

"The measure of a society is how we treat our most vulnerable and I am proud to be part of a Liberals & Nationals Government that is providing for all the people of New South Wales during this terrific rebuilding period in New South Wales.

"It was very pleasing also to see the Federal Government under Prime Minister Turnbull announce $100 million to help fight this scourge in our communities.

"Similarly the Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, announced $60 million to help victims of domestic violence in NSW and to nail the perpetrators of this monstrous crime.

"I was pleased to hear the Premier speak in the House today about the Suspect target Management Plans for high risk domestic violence offenders. We need to target these offenders. We need to put them away."

  • A full extract of Mr Gulaptis's speech can be found here.

Topics:  chris gulaptis, dallas waters, domestic violence



Rivers returns to the Clarence

READY FOR BUSINESS: Rivers Grafton store manager Hannah Donnelly is excited to welcome customers into their new concept store at Grafton Shoppingworld.

New concept store focused on service

Future stars helped on their way

FUTURE STARS: Page MP Kevin Hogan with seven local young sporting champions.

Seven teenage sports stars receive $500 to help their journey

Why we're the top spot for mobile tourists

Caravanners and campers spend an average $152 a night in our region.

Our region is the top spot for caravanners and campers in the state.

Local Partners

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction