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2 October, 2020


Cassowary Coast Division three Councillor Trudy Tschui has been inducted into Queensland’s inaugural Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll.

Recognised for her many years of dedication toward the cause, Cr Tschui is the founder of a local initiative called ‘Handbags of Hope’ which supplies handbags full of personal essential items to women's refuge organisations for victims of domestic violence.

Cr Tshui has also been a catalyst for Council’s installation of red benches throughout the region in support of the Red Rose Foundation’s initiative, the first of which has been installed in Tully with more to come in Mission Beach and Innisfail.

Prior to the handbag initiative Cr Tschui raised awareness in support of the White Ribbon campaign with a community ‘White T-Shirt’ walk.

“I was so honoured to receive the letter from Premier Palaszczuk and The Honourable Di Farmer informing me of the induction,” said Cr Tschui who plans to host a Walk Against Domestic Violence later this year as part of Women’s Global Leadership campaign, ‘Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’.

“The real heroes in this story are the people who have been impacted by domestic violence, and everyone who gives their time and hearts to raise awareness and help those in need.”

Cr Tschui is one of 130 individuals and organisations from across Queensland to have been inducted.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the Honour Roll had received 175 nominations from Cunnamulla to Cairns.

“Domestic and family violence is everybody’s business because as Queenslanders we look after each other,” Ms Farmer said.

“The Honour Roll recognises Queenslanders walking the talk in the prevention of domestic and family violence in their communities and businesses.

“Every nominee is working hard to create a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.

“Every nominee deserves the thanks of Queenslanders for helping to build a safer state from the border to the Cape.”

Inductees receive a signed certificate and an electronic media tile to include on their email signature blocks, websites and profiles to promote their place on Queensland’s first Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Honour Roll.

Their efforts to stop the violence also feature on the Not Now, Not Ever. Together website.

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