Council supports National Condom Day

Condom flowers will be placed out the front of the Burnie City Council offices on the afternoon of Valentine’s Day (14 February) to promote National Condom Day.

National Condom Day aims to raise awareness about safe sex both in terms of preventing unplanned pregnancies and protection from sexually transmitted diseases.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “Our Youth Development Officer came to us with the idea of decorating our garden beds at our offices with condom flowers. At first I thought it was funny. The more I thought about it, the more I realised it was important for Council to support this and think outside the box to get people openly talking about safe sex.”

Burnie City Council has partnered with Family Planning Tasmania and Red Cross and will be outside the Burnie City Council Offices at 80 Wilson Street between 3pm and 5pm handing out information and free condoms on 14 February 2013.

On Monday (11 February) after a call went out on the Youth Making Changes Around Burnie Facebook page, Burnie youth visited the Council offices to help make over 200 condom flowers.

Burnie City Council Youth Development Officer Karli Franks said, “The 200 condom flowers will be placed in the garden beds to attract attention. We will also have some great freebies, resources and prizes on offer.

“If placing condom flowers in garden beds gets people talking about safe sex, then it is a success. I realise we may get and few raised eyebrows, but we need to get the message out that people should not be embarrassed about talking about sexual health and how to prevent unplanned pregnancies.”

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net