Council seeks green light on female traffic signals


Brimbank Council wants the female pedestrian signals to be introduced at pedestrian crossings in Brimbank.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council was proud to take a lead role in promoting gender equity through Council’s Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women.

“This Council is committed to a community where men and women, and boys and girls, are treated equally.

“Using images that show both females and males is another way that we can show women and girls that they are important and valued in our community.

“We know that improving gender equity leads to very positive outcomes for organisations and for our community.

“Research shows that societies with greater gender equity have lower rates of violence towards women and children, and better outcomes for women in terms of social, political and economic participation,” Cr Giudice said.

Cr Victoria Borg, who raised a Notice of Motion asking Council to advocate, said this was an important and meaningful way to show Brimbank’s commitment to gender equity.

“We’ve come a long way since the middle of the 20th century, but in many small but symbolic ways, women are still excluded from public life.

“Using a female symbol on pedestrian crossings is a meaningful way to show that we are an inclusive community – what an important message to send to women, girls, and everyone.

“We are proposing that VicRoads consider using female symbols at new intersections, such as VicRoads’ proposed signalised crossing at the Perth Avenue, Ballarat Road intersection in Albion,” Cr Borg said.