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Locals calling for the sexualised image of a woman on a children’s ride at Brunswick Heads to be changed will gather for a second community action today (Wednesday).

As debate continues over the image on the Sport Stars ride at the annual Brunswick carnival, those opposed to it are planning to meet in a nearby park with their children to call for a ‘safe community’.

The image depicts model and actress Liz Hurley standing in a provocative pose wearing a bra and suspenders.

A spokeswoman for the group said the action was about giving a voice to those who were concerned about the portrayal of women.

‘I’m supporting this event to draw people in our community together who care about the effects that objectification of women has on our children and our culture,’ the spokeswoman said.

The owner of the carnival, Glen McGregor, declined to comment on the action.

However Mr McGregor has previously stated publicly that neither he nor his family members ‘have a problem with’ the mural, and that he believes the broader community supports the Carnival.

He has also stated that he feels ‘bullied’ by the public criticisms of the ride, many of which have been directed toward him as the owner.

These criticisms have been part of a fiery online debate over the image following a column on the topic by The Echo’s Mandy Nolan and a community action three weeks ago in which local men stood silently in front of the ride. Mr McGregor has now partially covered up the image with a ‘fun and safety guide’ for the ride.

However, those opposed to the image feel that it needs to be changed completely.    

The social media page for the community action says that it will begin at 4pm in the park that runs adjacent to The Terrace, and will involve community members placing their painted handprints on a large page to show their support for the cause.

This will be followed by a speaking circle and live music later in the evening.

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