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Festival’s lasting message

Monday, 31st March, 2014

Tracey Willow unveils the Festival of Respect Quilt made by Prue Sulicich. Tracey Willow unveils the Festival of Respect Quilt made by Prue Sulicich.

By By Ethan James

The Festival of Respect has come to an end, but Far West Commnuity Legal Centre CEO Tracey Willow says the event’s positive message will live on. 

After five months, the festival held a closing event at Patton Park on Saturday morning where crowds enjoyed a variety of live music and stalls. 

Ms Willow said she was overwhelmed with the traction the event had gained since humble beginnings in October last year.

“It started as a simple idea but has just grown into something fantastic,” she said. 

“Itís been extraordinary that such a small group of people has been able to do all this hard work.

“The collaborative work between health services, police, lifeline, legal services and members of the community and countless others has been amazing.” 

The Far West Legal Centre launched a celebration booklet detailing the festival’s five months.

The ‘Reclaim the Night’ match was the first major event of in October, while the ‘Drive the Rainbow’ tour attracted SBS television coverage in line with the Mardi Gras. 

However, Ms Willow said she was disappointed by a lack of recognition and involvement from political figures. 

“Councillor Darriea Turley has been fantastic and hopefully in future this festival can be seen as an open invitation for members of the community to get involved in a really positive manner,” she said. 

“The next step is to evaluate, get some feedback and more ideas.

“I’d like to thank absolutely everybody who jumped on board and got involved in the festival.”

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