Anti-violence campaigner honoured with award
UPDATE: Heritage Bank CEO John Minz was honoured to be the first recipient of an award created in memory of a committed anti-violence campaigner.
Mr Minz received the Paul Myatt Memorial Safer City Award after this morning's Toowoomba Says No to Violence march through the CDB.
The late Mr Myatt was involved in starting the Toowoomba Says No to Violence project.
His wife Michelle Myatt paid tribute to him before presenting Mr Minz with the award.
"He was not only committed to us as a family but he was committed to change," Ms Myatt said.
"It is lovely to think that there is an award that will continue to live on in this community to celebrate all of his work over the last 20 years."
Mr Minz was grateful for the recognition of his anti-violence campaigning.
"I can't imagine why anyone would want to live in a city where there is any semblance of violence that still exists," Mr Minz said.
"It is just indeed an honour to be part of this community and to have Toowoomba Says No to Violence, who want to make sure that this community, supported by the police, can remain safe for our families to come in the future.
Community marches in stand against violence
EARLIER: The Toowoomba community will take a stance against all forms of violence with a march through the CBD this morning.
After a successful year of raising the profile of the need to stamp out violence in the community, the Toowoomba Says No to Violence committee is calling on all people from Toowoomba and surrounding regions to make a statement by joining in the march.
Committee spokesman Peter Rookas encouraged community participation.
"I challenge all those community members who believe violence is a problem in our city to take a stance," Mr Rookas said.
People wanting to join in the march should assemble on the grassed area near the front of the Empire Theatre Church in Neil St just before 11am.