Crown hosts Ochre Ribbon Day event


Crown Perth Indigenous programs manager Sharon Ninyette, Aboriginal Family Legal Service chief executive officer and Crown human resources executive general manager Alicia Gleeson gathered at the Ochre Ribbon Day launch.
Crown Perth Indigenous programs manager Sharon Ninyette, Aboriginal Family Legal Service chief executive officer and Crown human resources executive general manager Alicia Gleeson gathered at the Ochre Ribbon Day launch.

A CAMPAIGN to stop violence in Aboriginal communities took centre stage during an event at Crown Perth.

The Ochre Ribbon Day was launched at Crown in partnership with the Aboriginal Family Legal Service (AFLS) on February 10.

AFLS chief executive Corrina Martin said Crown Resorts were ahead of the game in its commitment to Aboriginal people and employment within the industry.

About 200 people attended the event and Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit, the WA Ombudsman Chris Field and the Department of Child Protection and Family Support Director General Emma White all participated in a panel discussion about how different agencies could work together to tackle the problem.

“It is mutually beneficial for the private sector, such as Crown Resorts to be involved with community events such as the Ochre Ribbon, as family violence is everyone’s,” Ms Martin said.

“Many people that attended took the time to say thank you, said it was thought provoking and asked how they can work together in the future.

“We would like to include this campaign on the calendar each year to raise awareness, working collaboratively with other organisations and the private sector to combat violence within our communities.”

Crown Perth indigenous programs manager Sharon Ninyette said Crown Resorts had worked with the indigenous community for more than seven years and employed more than 640 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, with more than 200 currently employed within its resorts.

“Ochre Ribbon Day is one facet of raising awareness of the devastating impacts of family violence in Aboriginal communities and helps to send a strong message that violence against women, children or men will not be tolerated,” she said.