9 JUNE - LIBRARY'S MILLION STARS PROJECT A STELLAR EFFORT
Council librarian Ronnie Powell (left) and star weaver Margaret Greer with just some of the stars helping to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Council's Beaudesert Library has played a starring role in a project to raise awareness of domestic violence through an artwork to be displayed during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The One Million Stars to End Violence project is part of a global initiative that encourages people to be the light and kindness they want to see in the world and Scenic Rim residents have been playing their part by weaving more than 1200 stars, large and small, to form part of an art installation at the athletes' village on the Gold Coast.
Mayor Greg Christensen said that every Tuesday since February 14 this year Beaudesert Library had been a hub of activity with locals and librarians weaving stars from paper and ribbon for the One Million Stars to End Violence initiative.
"This has been much more than a community craft project, it has brought strangers together and provided a starting point for a conversation about an issue that affects many families," he said.
"For too long, domestic violence has been a taboo subject, but the star weaving activity has provided a forum for members of the community to raise the issue and say that violence is unacceptable."
More than half the stars from Beaudesert have been woven by CWA stalwart Margaret Greer who, at last count, had created more than 625 from paper or ribbon to raise awareness of an issue close to her heart.
Inspired by Dr Martin Luther King's philosophy that returning hate for hate adds "deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars", the One Million Stars to End Violence project began in South-East Queensland in 2012 with the aim of creating an art installation of more than a million stars by 2018.
"The Commonwealth Games is about building peaceful communities and a world without violence begins in the home," Cr Christensen said.
"I hope that the Million Stars art installation will stand as a shining example of what can be achieved when we are all prepared to work together for change."