ONE MILLION STARS – KINGAROY DISTRICT PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICE

by Ursula Roeder, North Coast Regional Manager

Kingaroy Probation Services Officer, Madonna Laverty, has launched a ‘One Million Stars’ community service project in Cherbourg. The project involves weaving stars to symbolically light up the darkness for people affected by domestic and family violence (DFV). Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colours are used to create the stars to represent the Cherbourg community, while the ribbon scraps are donated to the Cherbourg Gundoo Day Care Centre and Cherbourg State School for children to use in creating art.

Weaving stars has created a safe environment for conversations, already shaping changes in attitude. The project has been well-received by female and male offenders in Cherbourg.

Madonna has also invited community stakeholders to yarn with the group about relationships and issues impacting on DFV.  Representatives from the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service (AODS), Community Health and other stakeholders have also attended to yarn with offenders.

Pictured: Kingaroy District Probation and Parole Office is weaving stars to light up the darkness on domestic and family violence.