Statement regarding Spring edition of Maribyrnong Messenger

Published on 03 September 2020

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A statement from our CEO, Stephen Wall, regarding the Spring edition of Maribyrnong Messenger

Council sincerely apologises for the word search error in the Spring edition of Maribyrnong Messenger and any offence caused.

The unacceptable combination of letters in the word search was computer generated. We will not be using the software again and we are filing an official complaint. Please be assured we are taking this extremely seriously.

Council immediately changed the word search on the online version.

Please note: We have not stated the words as they are offensive and will upset readers.

Council has been actively and consistently working for more than a decade to create a community in which women are able to live free from violence, and our commitment is outlined in our Gender Equity Strategy 2030.

During this time, services are still open if you need support:

  • If you are in immediate danger always call 000.
  • For 24/7 crisis support call safe steps on 1800 015 188. If you cannot safely call, email and a support worker will reply ASAP.
  • For a specialist LGBTIQ family violence service, call W|Respect on 1800 542 847.
  • For support for women who live in the Western suburbs, call Women’s Health West on 9689 9588. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
  • Or you can contact Lifeline on 131 114 or or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or