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Southern Downs Regional Council Staff Put Their Mo’ Where Their Mouth Is!

13 November 2019 

Some very dedicated Southern Downs Regional Council staff are going the extra mile to raise awareness about Men’s Health this month.

A challenge was extended by the Tamworth Regional Council when they invited Southern Downs Regional Council and the Central Coast Council to compete in the Local Government National Movember Challenge. This challenge has been taken up wholeheartedly by SDRC staff.

The goal of Movember is to use your Magnificent Mo to start a conversation. This conversation focusses on some of the biggest health issues that men face – prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide.

Those growing their Mo are also hoping to raise money for the Movember Foundation which partners with a number of charities to reduce preventable deaths.

Southern Downs Regional Council CEO David Keenan will be leading the charge with a Mo of his own this month. Mr Keenan said that he is proud of the budding Mo’s he is already seeing within the Southern Downs Regional Council.

“There are already some very impressive Mo’s floating around the SDRC team. It will certainly be interesting to see what we end up with on 30 November”

“Southern Downs Regional Council staff often participate in Causal For A Cause, and I am proud to see that many of our staff have taken up this worthy mantle as well” said Mr Keenan.

But if a Mo just isn’t your style, you’re not out of the race! Movember encourages participants to get up and start moving to raise awareness. Participants are challenged to walk, jog, or run 60 kilometres this month. That is 60 kilometres of the 60 men that commit suicide every hour across the globe.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie encouraged residents to take part in Movember and take advantage of Spring as well as the great walking areas that we have within our region.

“Movember is about starting conversations surrounding men’s health. Why not invite your friends, loved ones, or neighbours to come for a walk and a chat?”

“Most of us will have our lives touched in some way by prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide. Talking about these issues openly and without embarrassment is important, not only for the current generation of men, but for the men of the future who deserve to live in a community dedicated to supporting all its members” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

If you would like to show your support for SDRC staff who are growing a Mo for a worthy cause you can visit

Or if you would like to find out a bit more about issues affecting men’s health, head to

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