Sunday, November 28, 2021

Alison Woolla Memorial DV leader awarded

A Queenslander who provided life changing support to protect another from domestic abuse has been recognised for their selflessness and awarded the 2021 Alison Woolla Memorial Award for Local Leadership in Preventing Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

This year’s winner, described as a selfless bearer of Alison Woolla’s legacy, was revealed today at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) 125th Annual Conference in Mackay.

The LGAQ said the winner had provided vital support to protect another, including offering temporary accommodation in their own home, transport to appointments as well as caring for their children, and relocating them to safety. 

The situation is ongoing, so in order to protect all involved, the LGAQ is unable to publicly name the worthy winner.

LGAQ President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, Mark Jamieson said it was a privilege to be able to honour the winner through highlighting their selfless act.

Mayor Jamieson said the actions of the winner were actions that often went unrecognised but made an incredible difference.

“We are grateful to be able to recognise the sacrifices of the winner through this award and in doing so, to further honour the legacy of Alison Woolla.”

The winner said of their work: “I just wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if something happened to them and I hadn’t offered my help.”

“I always knew the relationship wasn’t the best, but as soon as I knew how bad it was, I gently started offering support to help get them to safety. 

“I’m so relieved they are now safe; however, the work continues to ensure their continued safety and recovery from the abuse.”

Logan City Council Mayor, Darren Power (pictured, above) shared a morning tea with the winner and the nominator of the award, in honour of their win and to hear directly from them about their experience and what they went through in helping a victim of domestic and family violence. 

“Thank you to the LGAQ for making this award available and getting involved in such a worthwhile cause,” Mayor Power said.

The award honours the legacy of the late Alison Woolla, a former Mayor of Aurukun and dynamic reform leader who provided direct help to her community when someone was enduring an abusive relationship. 

Alison’s house was a sanctuary for those forced to flee violent situations, and it was available at any time – day or night – to those who needed a safe place. 

The winner has been awarded a $5000 prize and will host an artwork created by Brisbane artist Laura Vincent. 

The hand-crafted piece was created using resin and timber and represents the complex emotions felt by those who experience DFV.

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