Grafton weaves a future free of violence
GRAFTON'S Jennifer Peisley is among thousands of Australians dedicated to weaving a future free from violence by taking part in an innovative worldwide artistic project.
Ms Peisley and 400 students from South Grafton High School are contributors to the One Million Stars to End Violence project.
Started in 2012 by Samoan-Australian artist Maryann Talia Pau, the project encouraged communities like ours to weave stars "to inspire light, hope and peace in the world".
The finished project - a stunning installation of more than one million eight-sided stars made from ribbons and paper - will be on display in Brisbane's King George Square from March 29 to April 15 during the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018.
Our region's contribution of 2376 stars to the project is particularly poignant given local police recorded 546 violent crimes against local residents in 2016.
"We chose to take part as it linked so well with our school's pre-existing relationship with the National Day Against Bullying and Violence," Ms Peisley said.
Ms Talia Pau said the project was inspired by the murder and rape of Melbourne resident Gillian Meagher.
Jill Meagher was abducted from a Melbourne street in the early hours of September 22, 2012.
Notorious sex predator Adrian Ernest Bailey was sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing Ms Meagher.
"When I started weaving my stars, I imagined the night sky lit up by them so people could make it home safely," Ms Talia-Pau said.
For more information on the One Million Stars project and other Festival 2018 events, visit www.gc2018.com/festival2018. - NewsRegional
HOW MANY STARS DID YOUR REGION MAKE?
Gold Coast: 80,699
Sunshine Coast: 15,927
Fraser Coast: 11,570
Northern Rivers: 7,250