SHINE project progress 19 May 2005
We may live in paradise, but for some it may not be paradise. That is why the Safe Homes In Noosa Everyday construction project in Langura Street, Noosa Heads is fast becoming one of the most important in our local community.
Shire businesses, trades people and others are generously volunteering goods and services, labour and time to support the creation of three safe houses, for victims of domestic violence, over just two weekends starting on June 11th. SHINE project group Chairman Pastor Michael Clift of Christian Outreach is co-ordinating offers of assistance and may be contacted on 5449 9658.
Unfortunately because of the stigma associated with domestic violence, Pastor Clift says it is not often a hot topic of discussion, even though according to the local police is it one of the biggest issues in Noosa. Through this project, however, the Noosa Christian Outreach Centre, the Zonta Club of Noosa, Noosa Shire Council along with other members of the SHINE project group are literally shining a light on the real situation, banding together to provide a place of refuge for those in real distress.
Up until now victims of domestic violence have had nowhere to go in Noosa. Therefore they have been forced to relocate to other shires, having to leave jobs and support bases of neighbours and friends. For children caught up in the situation, it means a change in schools and therefore major disruption in an already confusing and emotional time.
Although the three safe houses to be built will not address this situation completely, it represents a real start and hopefully part of an ongoing process of change within this area of need.
Michael Clift says the Council-donated property next-door to the Noosa Heads Police Station is large enough for continual growth and he is hoping for more support from other groups to pick up the baton to keep the project expanding. He says, "It might not meet the needs of everyone, but at least it is a start. Three safe families are better than no safe families".
Tenders for supervision of the houses will be put forward to specialised interest groups in the area of domestic violence. Those chosen will oversee the running of the accommodation, so that support will be available in order to place those affected to more secure long term arrangements.
Photograph to the right: Noosa Council staff commence clearing the Langura Street site for the SHINE safe house project
• For further information, please contact :
• Christian Outreach Pastor Michael Clift - 5449 9658;
• Noosa Council Community Development Manager Sandie Pitter - 5449 5334
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