Outback Matty and the Morcombes sign up for Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference

Inspirational chef Outback Matty and Bruce and Denise Morcombe have signed up to address the Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference in September.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said these were just two of the presenters who would address the upcoming conference.

“The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about projects that address crime and safety issues,” he said.

“There will be presentations on how to assist victims of personal crime, how to prevent graffiti and how to stop someone stealing your identity.

“Our special guest presenter, Outback Matty, is an inspirational person who went from living on the street, being addicted to drugs and committing crime to now being a qualified chef and public speaker.

“He also founded the Life Skills Education Program which educates disadvantaged indigenous and other youth at town camps, police camps, detention centres, schools, in the Outback and on the streets.

“Matty is now a celebrity chef after graduating from Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen in 2006 and currently is director of Divine Dinners at the Gold Coast.

“He has not forgotten where he came from and now teaches youth across Australia how to break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime and set goals in their lives.

“Matty will demonstrate to the audience how easy it is to set goals with youth and how to follow up and take action with their new goals.

“He will explain how teaching life skills to disadvantaged youth will help them achieve a much safer, positive and brighter future.”

Another highlight of the conference will be a presentation by Bruce and Denise Morcombe. The Morcombes set up The Daniel Morcombe Foundation following the disappearance of their son on December 7, 2003. Daniel was abducted while waiting for a bus near Woombye in south-east Queensland.

Mr Vaccaro said the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was committed to ensuring the safety of children.

“The Foundation recently launched the ‘Help me’ App which can be used by people of all ages in personal emergency situations,” he said.

“The App sounds a warning and sends off a SMS text with the GPS co-ordinates of your last known place of contact to two nominated phone numbers.

“The Morcombes are committed to ensuring the young and vulnerable in our society are taught personal safety.”

Mr Vaccaro said there were still positions available at the conference.

“This conference is an important tool for our community to come together and share ideas and initiatives as well as network with the groups most often called upon to help,” he said.

“I would urge anyone interested in attending the conference to contact Council for a registration form.”

Mr Vaccaro said the conference fee would include morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch and a ticket to a networking function on Thursday night.

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.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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