TACKLING VIOLENCE: Local footy refs Kevin Ashton, Riley Stewart and Christopher Holznagel join Sergeant Nadine Webster in support of the Violence – It’s Not our Game campaign.
TACKLING VIOLENCE: Local footy refs Kevin Ashton, Riley Stewart and Christopher Holznagel join Sergeant Nadine Webster in support of the Violence – It’s Not our Game campaign. Contributed

Project a game-changer

QUEENSLAND Rugby League has joined an Ipswich initiative targeting a reduction in violence throughout the community.

The project titled Violence - It's Not our Game, is a joint initiative between the police, Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit, Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Sports House and the state's rugby league body.

Ipswich district crime prevention co-ordinator Sergeant Nadine Webster said a public awareness and education campaign would be implemented across the Ipswich police district.

"The project is designed to reduce the incidents of assault across the community, both on and off the sporting fields," Sgt Webster said.

"Whilst the project has commenced through the football associations it is anticipated that it will be implemented through all sporting associations and disciplines across the Ipswich district.

"The project uses proactive and reactive methods to educate the community."

Signage has already been installed at local sporting fields, while project backers will distribute information to league players to reinforce the type of behaviour that is expected.

"Forums will be held that outline the many consequences of assaults and inappropriate sportsmanship both on and off the field, including exclusions, criminal charges, financial costs, injury or rehabilitation and incarceration," Sgt Webster said.

The project has already received $10,000 from a Safer Queensland Community Grant.

For further information phone 3817 1351.


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