Posted on Jul 26, 2017


Starick is a not for profit organisation which provides multi-layered support services in Perth’s south-east metropolitan area to women and children experiencing family and domestic violence. Starick’s services include two refuges for women with children, supported community housing, court support, advocacy, children’s programs, community outreach services and an Op Shop.

A Starick Industries presentation at an Applecross Rotary Club meeting drew attention to the increasing crisis in the community caused by domestic violence. Club members and friends have responded by collecting the necessities such as personal items, household goods and food required when a family moves from the shelter to a rental home arranged by Starick – Funding from the Dick Smith Foundation provides each family with cleaning and washing products. A lady from the RAAFA village donated over 150 teddy bears so the children could have something to hug.
It had been difficult for Starick to justify spending scarce funds on maintaining the gardens and children’s playground at the refuge which had fallen into disrepair. Club member Mal Taylor took on the task of managing the project. Fortunately, a Club member had a contact, Quinten Hessels, who used to renovate gardens for a living, and he was persuaded to revert to his former life and set up a blue print of what was needed and when. Quinten contacts in his current contracting business, provided, at cost, the materials for a Garden Blitz. The next issue was finding the labour for the task. Luck favoured the project once more when John Richards offered to bring a group of Aquinas Service Learning students on successive Saturday mornings, to work alongside Club members, Rotarians from Rotary Elizabeth Quay, and members of the Community Minded Facebook group, to get the job done. Quentin gave up his Saturday mornings to make sure it went according to his plan. Over 200 hours of labour, $5000 of Club funds, a garden shed from a Club member Liz Westoby, and donated fertiliser, potting mix and mulch from Baileys. ensured the gardens looked a picture when they were finished, Club members Liz Palmer and Lorri Brazier treated all the workers to a BBQ lunch. John Richards and his team from Aquinas have taken on the task of regular maintenance, and Quinten is going to come back to make sure it continues to be just how he imagined it.
The work done by Lorri and Malcolm, and their support teams, has been carefully and sensitively undertaken and is leading to a trust being established between Starick, Applecross Rotary and the residents, most of whom have endured violence from their partners
The next endeavour is to arrange a Christmas Party for the families. This requires planning, donations and help on the day. Anyone who can contribute please contact Lorri, Liz at Taryn.