Mingle with the Mayor for DFV housing

Leigh McCready, Martin Duncan and Mayor Clare Stewart at last year's event. Photo: Rob Maccoll

Tickets are on sale for the annual Mingle with the Mayor Ball on 3 September at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas.

Hosted by Womenkind Australia Inc and patron, Noosa Mayor, Clare Stewart, the gala evening is will raise funds for transitional housing solutions for locals experiencing domestic family violence.

Womenkind Australia Inc founder, Josanne Falla, said housing was a huge issue, especially in Noosa.

“We already have a housing crisis and in 12 months’ time, the National Rental Scheme will end and we will have thousands back on looking for housing on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Falla said.

“We need space now for the vulnerable in our community and we need to make this a much bigger conversation and bring the whole community together.

“The event will not only raise funds for transitional housing for victims of domestic and family violence but it will bring together a community of different organisations and start a very important conversation and get everyone joining in.”

Cr Stewart, said supporting Noosa’s domestic violence response was a Council priority.

“The Shine Houses are one of Noosa’s longest-running and most successful domestic violence support initiatives.

“For more than a decade the houses have provided those who are fleeing violent family and domestic situations with transitional accommodation and access to support services to help them establish their independence, deal with trauma and get back on their feet.

“Back then, Council provided land for their construction and just recently we provided a further land parcel, and secured funding from the state, to assist in the construction of another house, which I’m pleased to say is now up and running.”

But Cr Stewart said the community also had a part to play and the Mingle with the Mayor Ball was an opportunity to dig deep and be a part of the conversation.

“Noosa is at its best when it gets behind its own. The community support and business support for the Mingle with the Mayor Ball last year was overwhelming, to say the least.

“Last year’s ball raised over a quarter of a million dollars to dramatically increase access to specialist DFV counselling services in Cooroy and Noosa.

“I can’t wait to see what we achieve at this year’s event.”

If you’d like to be part of this rewarding event, contact the organisers at WomenKind Australia Inc with your donation for the raffles or simply purchase a raffle ticket.

For tickets visit events.humanitix.com/mingle-with-the-mayor-2022