Rock legend Angry Anderson AM will be talking about his personal experiences with family violence at Hepburn Shire Council’s White Ribbon event next Thursday, 19 November.

The Hepburn Shire White Ribbon Committee was established in 2017 with the goal of ending violence against women in all its forms. It is currently on hold while Council reviews all its gender equality initiatives.

However, a group of Council Officers is working to organise a community White Ribbon Day event. When they were looking for a speaker who could draw on personal experience and was passionate about ending family violence, Gary “Angry” Anderson leapt to mind.

Angry, famous as the lead singer of hard-rocking band Rose Tattoo and as a solo artist, has long campaigned for an end to family violence.

“As a survivor of domestic violence, I applaud Hepburn Shire Council for promoting the awareness of this destructive problem,” said Mr Anderson. “The aim is to educate all to having a zero tolerance to any form of domestic violence against women or children, the ultimate aim being that prevention is better than cure.”

“I’m proud to be asked to talk on this topic – growing up in a household with domestic violence, I decided, from a young age, that this was not acceptable behaviour for a man. I’ve taken a personal stance on this subject.”

The event next Thursday will be streamed live on Facebook at Hepburn Shire Council’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/hepburncouncil

The event starts at 7.30pm and is free.