Colourful bench honours Stanley’s legacy
A multi-coloured bench has been installed in Spring Mountain Lagoon Park to raise awareness of domestic and family violence and pay tribute to former New Beith resident Stanley Obi, who died after his house was set alight last year.
Stanley’s brother Hadrian visited the park in May to see the bench first-hand.
‘Violence doesn’t solve anything or help anyone,’ Hadrian says.
‘I will bring Stanley’s children here to remind them he will not be forgotten.’
Division 11 Councillor Natalie Willcocks says the bench symbolises the community’s commitment to preventing domestic violence and the multi-colours raise awareness of the issue, regardless of age, gender and sexuality.
‘Stanley’s legacy reminds us we can do more to end the cycle of violence and support those impacted by it,’ Cr Willcocks says.
‘We can also educate everyone on the warning signs of abuse, and how to help others if we suspect someone we know is in danger.’
A weeping Lilly Pilly was also planted at the park to provide shade over the bench in the future.
Emergencies: Triple Zero (000).
Non-urgent domestic and family violence: Policelink, 131 444 or police.qld.gov.au/domestic-violence
Free and confidential support: DVConnect,1800 811 811 or dvconnect.org