Australian children are safer in 2015 thanks to the tireless efforts of local Hetty Johnston AM who has today been recognised as the 16th inductee to the City of Logan’s Wall of Acclaim.
Mayor Pam Parker acknowledged the contribution long-term resident Hetty has made to Logan after forming Bravehearts in 1997.
Through her mission to stop child sexual assault and provide support to survivors, Hetty was also named 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year and is a finalist for the prestigious Australian of the Year title on Jan 25.
Cr Parker said Hetty’s dedication and persistence had helped many families and led to positive reforms in child protection across Queensland and Australia.
“Hetty is a real Logan hero and the people of Australia owe her a great debt of gratitude for her work in keeping our kids safe,” she said.
“It is an honour to officially induct Hetty to the Wall of Acclaim on behalf of Council and our residents.”
From humble beginnings, Bravehearts has grown to 80 staff, with 13 offices across six states (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, South Australia and Tasmania) providing school-based prevention programs, counselling, research, support and case management for survivors
Ms Johnston said Bravehearts was founded in South-East Queensland and the efforts of local volunteers and staff had helped the organisation to reach out and achieve positive change nation-wide.
“Our purpose is to educate, empower and protect some of the most precious and vulnerable members of society – our kids,” she said.
“It is humbling to be recognised by my local community and I would like to share this accolade with all the members and volunteers that work hard every day towards our 2020 Vision of making Australia the safest country in the world to raise a child.
“We know that for the most part this crime is preventable, what’s needed is for adults to prioritise the safety of children.”
Located at Logan City Council’s Administration Centre at Logan Central, the Wall of Acclaim acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of Logan residents who have made a significant contribution to the city and the wider community.
Ms Johnston was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for her years of work creating awareness that child sexual assault is largely preventable, encouraging the nation to prioritise the safety of children, providing support to survivors and their families and advocating major policy and legislative changes.