Blacktown city centre is knit bombed to raise awareness

Published on 25 November 2019

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Over a thousand colourful squares have been wrapped around trees in Blacktown’s Village Green to raise awareness of domestic and family violence.

Blacktown City Council’s Women’s Advisory Committee has partnered with the Zonta Club of Cumberland West to highlight the issues surrounding domestic and family violence. The Zonta Club is an international service organisation with the mission of empowering women.

Blacktown City Council Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM, said the knit bomb is part of Council’s commitment to raising awareness of domestic and family violence.

“Under the stewardship of our Deputy Mayor, Councillor Julie Griffiths, groups of women have been coming together for a ‘knit in’ for the past six months,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

“Together, they have shared stories and knitted over 1,100 colourful squares which were used to ‘knit bomb’ the trees in and around the Village Green. The project highlights the issue of family and domestic violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, a campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.”

The installation will run until Friday 29 November. Every weekday between noon and 2.30 pm there will be members of Zonta at the Village Green to answer questions and encourage people add orange personal commitment ribbons to the installation.

The woollen squares will eventually be sown into blankets which will be distributed to local charities.