The plight of children imprisoned in Australia has unlocked the energy of members of the Amnesty International Australia Dubbo Group.
Less than a month after reforming the group, members have a key issue.
"We have formed a very enthusiastic committee and have already begun campaigning to raise the age of children being locked up in this country to 14 years old," co-convenor of the group Sandy Lindeman said.
"Contrary to international standards many Australian states still imprison 10-year-olds.
"Where possible kids need to be in the safe environment of their family and community, not growing up in an institution."
Mrs Lindeman was speaking after the group's first public outing.
It took to Victoria Park No. 2 Oval last Saturday for the city's fourth annual Cross Cultural Carnival.
Members of the group mixed with about 1000 people who attended the carnival organised by volunteers from the Orana Residents of Indian Sub-Heritage (ORISCON) group and the Western Plains Cultural Centre.
People from as far away as Broken Hill and Brisbane travelled to Dubbo to share in the experience.
Amnesty International Australia Dubbo Group also welcomed the opportunity to support the carnival which celebrates cultural diversity in the city.
"Group members were thrilled to be out in the community and were happy to support such an important celebration," Mrs Lindeman said.
"It was a privilege to be part of such an event, and to have the opportunity to talk to people about Amnesty's work defending human rights around the world."
The group is making plans for the rest of the year including a film night in June as part of Refugee Week 2019.
Amnesty International Australia Dubbo Group meets on the second Monday of the month from 5.30pm.
For more information contact Mrs Lindeman on 0419 167 574 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amnesty International Australia demands "equal human rights for all people in Australia".