United as one for victims of domestic and family violence

Sunshine Coast Council

Volunteers have come out in force to support victims of domestic, family and gender-based violence, planting more than 200 native seedlings in Cotton Tree for Seeds of Hope.

Now in its third year, the community-based event took place today (7 December) as part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence*.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson thanked the community for volunteering and showing their support for this significant campaign.

“Our community continues to rally for victims of domestic and family violence and unite in solidarity by planting seedlings at this Seeds of Hope event, which has been made possible through council’s partnership with the Make It Stop committee,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The seedlings will rehabilitate and build resilience in our coastal dunes, while also acknowledging victims of domestic and family violence on the Sunshine Coast.

“Our community and our council has zero tolerance for domestic and family violence.”

Make It Stop Chairman Mark Kratzmann said it was great to see the event getting bigger and better with more people coming along each year and uniting for the mission.

“It’s a positive step to see people gathering and having conversations on such an important issue,” Mr Kratzmann said.

“Please know there is help available for anyone struggling and I encourage you to reach out and seek help.”

Visit council’s website to find more events happening across the Sunshine Coast for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Drop into your local library for books that challenge gender stereotypes and to find out about other events happening during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Pick-up a bookmark for the cause while you’re there too.


If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or domestic violence, help is available. Get free, confidential online and phone advice and counselling for women and men, 24/7. In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000).

  • DVConnect Womensline 1800 811 811

  • DVConnect Mensline 1800 600 636

  • 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732

*The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world.

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