Register early for conference and save

Community groups and residents are being urged to register now for the Burdekin Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference and save $50.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said registrations for the September 6-7 conference were now open.

“If people register now, they will save $50, but this discount period closes on June 29,” he said. “Registration forms are available from the Council or Home Hill Library or you can download a form from our website.”

Mr Vaccaro said early birds would pay $350, normal registration was $400 and day registration was $200.

“This fee will cover the cost of the conference as well a morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and a networking function being held on Thursday afternoon,” he said.

“The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for relevant groups to showcase various projects that address crime and safety issues.

“We have invited local, state and federal government departments, police and crime prevention groups from around Australia to attend the conference.

“There will be a number of static displays, practical workshops as well as presentations aimed at increasing our knowledge of how to address community crime and safety issues.

“The conference is an important tool for communities to share ideas and initiatives as well as network with the agencies most often called upon to help.”

Mr Vaccaro said Outback Matty would be one of the guest presenters at the conference.

“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 said. “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.”

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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