City of Bendigo
When Bendigo City Council granted a building permit to build a mosque in the area anti-Muslim sentiment grew. Council decided to host a community event in the city centre to publicly support tolerance and diversity. The then-Mayor, Cr Barry Lyons, along with more than 500 residents participated in a pledge ceremony with live music and a sausage sizzle. Council asked individuals and local businesses to make personal pledges to stand up to racism which were shared on social media using the hashtag #itstopswithmebendigo. Bendigo is one of Australia’s first regional cities to adopt a Human Rights Charter.
Hobsons Bay City Council
Hobsons Bay City Council was one of the first councils in Victoria to support the campaign. The Council has held anti-racism workshops for Councillors, staff and local community organisations. Behind This Smile is a council project where 12 local residents shared their stories and experiences with racism to start conversations and challenge negative stereotypes. Artwork displayed in public places and on the council website accompanies the stories to inspire people to make positive changes in everyday life.
City of Darebin
The City of Darebin developed an Anti-Racism Strategy 2012-2015. The Council ran a number of anti-racism projects. This included the “Say No to Racism Project”, which was designed to equip the community with the tools to address racism by empowering bystanders to challenge racism in a safe and constructive way. A combined DVD and training package was created and rolled out to community service providers and organisations.
Maribyrnong City Council
Maribyrnong City Council committed its support to the campaign at a public event during Victoria's Diversity Week. The Council runs the ‘Raw Elements’ hip hop program on Monday afternoons at Phoenix Youth Centre. It helps young people write lyrics and record songs, and works on using hip hop as a tool for people to tell stories and campaign on social issues. Young people created a fantastic song and video, ‘It Stops With Me’, based on the messages of the campaign.