2021 Alison Woolla Memorial Award for Local Leadership in Preventing Domestic and Family Violence
Nominations are open for the LGAQ’s second annual Alison Woolla Memorial Award for local leadership in preventing domestic and family violence.
The award honours Alison Woolla, the pioneering former Aurukun Shire Council Mayor, a trailblazer who provided remarkable leadership and support for members of her community when they were experiencing abuse.
The award was launched by the LGAQ in 2020 to recognise an outstanding individual following in Alison Woolla’s footsteps and making a significant contribution to raising awareness and prevention of domestic and family violence in Queensland’s local communities.
The winner will be announced at the LGAQ Annual Conference on Tuesday 26 October, and receive a $5,000 cash prize, along with hosting the hand-crafted artwork created by Brisbane artist Laura Vincent for 12 months. The piece was created using resin and timber and represents the complex emotions felt by those who experience domestic and family violence.
Entries close on 27 September 2021.
Click here to read about last year’s winners, May Ballie and Myrtle Foote, co-founders of Pormpur Paanthu (Women’s House) in the Indigenous community of Pormpuraaw.
Not in our Backyard – stop abuse at the start: local government’s new Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) campaign
The LGAQ is encouraging Queensland’s 77 Mayors to support the new DFV campaign: “Not in our Backyard – stop abuse at the start.”
The LGAQ created the campaign to help embed cultural change in local government workplaces and communities in response to the report, Not Now Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland, which confirmed the importance of all government spheres acting if DFV is to be truly addressed.
Mayoral support for this campaign will reinforce the local government sector’s commitment to addressing this insidious problem that affects so many Queenslanders and demonstrating how change can be led from the top down.
Mayors were asked to capture a picture or record a short video of themselves with a pledge sign indicating their support for the campaign. These pledges will feature on this page, along with the LGAQ and councils’ social media platforms.
Support for this vital campaign will help send a strong message to the community that domestic violence will not be tolerated, and that local government is committed to supporting efforts to eradicate it.
How mayors can add their support to the campaign
Take a picture – and/or record a short video – of yourself with your pledge sign (supplied) showing you support the campaign and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.