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A new program in Central Queensland hopes to help women feel safer when they are on a night out.
The OzAngel program has been launched in Rockhampton, in a partnership between Rockhampton Regional Council, local police and businesses, with 21 venues already registered.
OzAngel Program Founder and Coordinator Shell Pearce says it offers a discreet way for people to ask for help.
“The service encourages women who feel they are in an unsafe situation to approach the bar staff and ask for an ‘OzAngel’," Mrs Pearce says.
“This is the signal for venue staff to arrange for the patron to be escorted from the venue safely and discreetly.
“There is no cost to implement this program and all participating businesses are listed and promoted on our Facebook page."
Mayor Tony Williams says a program that helps women avoid a potentially distressing, harmful, or dangerous situation, is absolutely worth supporting.
“It is very concerning when you hear the accounts of women who have experienced threatening or predatory behaviour, as well as unwanted attention, while they are simply trying to enjoy a night out,” Mayor Williams said.
“This is something we all should feel compelled to speak up about and the OzAngel Program could really make a difference in our community.”
Image: Supplied (L-R Cr Wickerson, Courtney Oxford Hotel DM, Oz Angels Founder Shell Pearce, Senior Sgt Kelly Hanlen, Mayor Williams)