Maranoa residents have been busy weaving thousands of stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

Founded by Maryann Talia Pau in 2012, this project is a ‘peaceful global weaving project that encourages communities to engage in a conversation about ending all forms of violence’. A lover of art and, of course, weaving, this initiative embodies Maryann’s personal response to violence within her community.

With statistics revealing that domestic violence impacts one in six Australian women and one in 19 Australian men, this year’s theme for Domestic Violence Prevention month during May is ‘Not Now Not Ever’.

Councillor Janelle Stanford, Portfolio Chair of Community & Social Services said it is important that community awareness is raised through projects such as One Million Stars.

“Domestic violence can happen to people of all ages, education levels, cultural and racial groups, sexuality and socioeconomic status and can occur between people in spousal, intimate personal, family or informal care relationships,” Cr Stanford said.

“Putting an end to domestic violence is a massive task, however the more we talk about it and how it is not tolerated under any circumstance, the further this message will spread.”

Maranoa has made more than 10,000 stars, which will be installed in the Auditorium of the Roma Cultural Centre, and then go on to form part of the One Million Stars installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The display will be officially opened on Thursday, 11 May at 5.30pm. All are welcome to view the installation, hear guest speakers bring insight towards the issue and enjoy a screening of Calloused Hearts, a locally shot short film depicting domestic violence in a rural farm environment.

See socials from the Help Put an End to Domestic Violence breakfast, here.



Banner image: Cr Janelle Stanford weaving stars for the One Million Stars to End Violence project