Goulburn Valley CLC Community Lawyer Acacia Burns (at right) recently graduated from the Greater Shepparton City Council Community Leadership Program. As part of the program, Acacia instigated the Goulburn Valley Star Weavers, a star weave community of the One Million Stars to End Violence Project.
The One Million Stars to End Violence Project was artist Maryann Talia Pau’s personal response to the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012. Since then, the project has grown into an international weaving movement, with stars being woven in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA.
Coming together to weave stars presents friends, family and neighbours with an opportunity to start a conversation around violence and to reinforce the message that violence in all its forms is unacceptable. By coming together we are reminded that we have to make peace and create safe spaces in our community; they don’t just happen.
The Goulburn Valley Star Weavers has brought this conversation to Shepparton and throughout the year the group has hosted workshops, attended community events and mounted a star display at the Shepparton Library.
Acacia’s aim was to get the Shepparton community to weave 10,000 stars by July 2017 and to put the stars on display at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. So far, the Goulburn Valley Star Weavers has made 6,000 stars.
Goulburn Valley CLC (Suite 3, 98 Nixon Street, Shepparton) is the main drop off point for the Shepparton community. If you would like more information or you would like to contribute, you can contact the Goulburn Valley Star Weavers via Acacia on 0423 125 100 or firstname.lastname@example.org