Community safety is focus of Burdekin Crime Prevention conference

Crime prevention initiatives and programs will be showcased at next week’s Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference.

Special guests Outback Matty and Daniel Morcombe’s parents Bruce and Denise will be among 16 different speakers at the event.

Outback Matty will run a workshop highlighting how teaching life skills to disadvantaged youth will help them achieve a safer, positive and bright future.

He founded the Life Skills Education Program in an effort to educate disadvantaged indigenous and other youth at town camps, police camps, detention centres and schools.

The Morcombes have addressed past conferences and this year will present an overview of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and its achievements over the past eight years.

The Morcombes established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to continue the search for their son, educate children about personal safety, assist victims of crime and attract funding to support these objectives.

The two-day conference is being coordinated by the Burdekin Building Safer Communities Action Team (BSCAT) in conjunction with the Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis said the conference would showcase some of the crime prevention initiatives and programs being used in communities in Queensland and New South Wales.

“We have about 16 different speakers giving addresses on crime prevention and safety initiatives,” he said.

“The program includes sessions on graffiti prevention, identity theft, security, violence prevention and assisting victims of personal crime.”

The Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference will be held at the Burdekin Theatre in Ayr on September 6 and 7. For more information on the conference or to get a nomination form, please call 4783 9832.

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