Monday, June 17, 2024

Speakers locked in for Gunnedah crime prevention conference

Gunnedah Shire Council says planning for the Gunnedah Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference on 23-24 November is well underway, with a line-up of notable speakers now confirmed.

Speakers will include NSW Minister for Police and Counter Terrorism, Yasmin Catley; social researcher and futurist, Mark McCrindle; crime prevention and community safety specialist, John Maynard; 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame and 2020 Young Australian of the Year finalist, Hunter Johnson.

The two-day conference is aimed at local government and practitioners in community safety and crime prevention and is being organised by Gunnedah Shire’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference Working Group.

Speaker Mark McCrindle is a social researcher, best-selling author, influential thought leader and TEDx speaker. He is a trusted advisor and sits on the board of a number of different organisations, after having developed his reputation as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.

Hunter Johnson leads The Man Cave, a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence charity that has impacted the lives of 20,000 young men across Australia. He also works as an advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT), a charity supporting young people throughout the Commonwealth alongside Prince Harry, the President of QCT.

Yasmin Catley was sworn in as NSW’s first female Minister for Police and Counter-terrorism in April this year.

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Conference Working Group Chairperson, Councillor Colleen Fuller said members were excited about the high-calibre of the speakers.

“We also have speakers from Cyber Security NSW, NSW Alcohol and Drug Foundation, Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Just Reinvest NSW, NSW Police Engagement and Hate Crime Unit, Department of Communities and Justice, Qld Police and City of Logan, with more to be announced soon,” she said.

This exceptional line-up of speakers are leaders in their fields and experts in topics ranging from rural crime to counter-terrorism, youth justice, cyber crime, crime trends, and domestic, family and sexual violence.”

Cr Fuller said the conference was the ideal opportunity for delegates to network, exchange ideas, share experiences, and collaborate on projects and initiatives that contribute to building strong, safe and connected communities. She said delegates from within NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria have already booked for the event.

The working group includes a range of elected representatives, Council staff and representatives from local support services, Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce, business and industry, and interested community members.

“We are also thrilled to announce that Tamworth Family Support were first to come on board as a Silver Sponsor,” Cr Fuller said.

“A range of community organisations have added their support as Local Partner sponsors including Gunnedah Family Support, Gunnedah & Districts Liquor Accord, Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises and Gunnedah Miners Support Incorporated.”

The event will be held in the Gunnedah Town Hall and Smithurst Theatre, and tickets are on sale at here.

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