Twentieth National Conference: Fremantle, 2005
This was held at the Esplanade Hotel between Sunday 20 March and Tuesday 22 March 2005 Under the theme “Trends in Crime Prevention- a multi tiered approach”.
The conference was opened by the Federal Minister for Justice, Senator Ellison. Keynote speakers included Professor Tony Bottoms (by video link from London) and Mr Peter Kenyon.
The conference was attended by approximately 180 delegates, and provided a general overview of crime prevention in Australia, information on many specific topics and programs, and an opportunity to contact others working in the area.
One of the highlights was a Panel forum attended by the representatives of Government Crime Prevention Departments or Units from all of the mainland States- a first.
At a meeting of the Executive, representatives from Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland attended to discuss the Council's future directions. The meeting was assisted in this regard by Judge Andrew Wilson, its former National Chairman, and by Mr Des Semple, who had been engaged to prepare a Strategic Plan.
At a business meeting at the conclusion of the Conference, delegates considered this Strategic Plan and resolved:
1. for the ACPC to redefine its role as a Peak NGO; to abandon attempts to seek government funding for its operations; to avoid service delivery projects except training; to re-assert its role as a Peak body complementing but not competing with existing organisations and structures; to retain on its agenda planning for a further national Conference; and to maintain efforts to establish Branches in all States and Territories;
2.To complete infrastructure improvements; Conduct a membership drive in all States and Territories; and to appoint a high profile President (at an appropriate stage);
3. To identify new niche opportunities and continue to support and focus on pragmatic solutions “which work”
4. To develop and expand a Website;
5. To maintain links with LGA;
6. To foster and encourage media focuses at local levels;
7. To conduct training programs and/or workshops;
8. To maintain international networks, eg. ICPC;
9. To maintain a “conduit pipe” to the AIC
10. To recommend new topics of information and research and secure closer collaboration with AIC, especially on a State basis;
11. To encourage Co-ordination of service providers;
12. To re-connect with the community;
13. To formulate joint projects/partnerships;
14. to identify any other organisations (besides AIC) with whom ACPC might wish to affiliate or strike up an alliance.
National Executive, Freemantle (2005) Back row: Peter Sirr(WA) (n/k), Daryl Carmody (WA), Leigh Garrett Front row: Adrienne Isnard (Qld) Mike Coe (WA) Peter Norman (SA, Chairman), Andrew Paterson (SA)
Subsequent to the 2005 Conference new branches were established in North Queensland and the Northern Territory, a developed proposal was been prepared in relation to the establishment of a crime prevention training facility, a national website was been commissioned to come into operation in 2007, and preparation was undertaken to meet in Townsville in October to discuss and consider the Council's goals.
Following its 2005 Fremantle and 2007 Adelaide meetings, the Council, in collaboration with its North Queensland Branch, was involved in the organization by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the Townsville City Council of a conference “Improving Community Safety: Lessons from the Country and the City”
The conference presented a host of crime prevention topics, including the marketing of crime prevention, situational crime prevention, personal safety issues, partnerships, community engagement, and topics relating to indigenous communities and crime.
In conjunction with this conference, the Council invited to Townsville a selected group of committed persons from Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Fiji Islands and Samoa, together with delegates from New Zealand and Australia. These persons attended the Conference, learned about practical issues in crime prevention, and then met together at a Forum and discussed matters of mutual interest and concern.
Funding for the Forum came from the Australian Government through AusAid, the AIC and a number of other sponsors.
The delegates came from a wide geographical area and different cultures, and brought a diversity of experience and knowledge. They included representatives of the judiciary, the legal profession, government, the media, welfare, and the private sector. They came to share their collective knowledge and experiences, so as to help their own communities when they returned to them.
National Executive Meeting, Townsville, October 2007
(from left, Adrienne Isnard, North Queensland, Andrew Paterson SA, Bill Somerville NT, Peter Norman
SA, Rob White, Tasmania , Garner Clancy, NSW)
It was resolved at the conclusion of the Forum to form a Working Group to investigate the formation of a Network to further the goals of the Forum, including the definition of the purposes of the network, and its contribution to the region.
These would include Advocacy, Consultation, Advisory, Information Gathering and sharing, and identification of who may be partner organizations or entities already involved in “mapping” The Group would define the network's unique contribution to the region, whilst acknowledging the difficulties of integrating local with global crime prevention concepts, and formulate a set of proposals and recommendations as a result of a questionnaire to be circulated to all members of the group. The results of the questionnaire would be returned to the group for a consensus to be defined.
A Communiqué would also be drafted which would recognize the importance of crime prevention, recognize the group's differences in challenges facing the participating countries, recognize the rule of law, and note the setting up of the Working Group.
The National Executive met during the AIC Conference in Townsville. Representatives from WA, SA, NSW, the NT, Tasmania, and Queensland attended. The National Executive welcomed two new members, Ms Gordana Blazevic of Brisbane and Mr Garner Clancy of New South Wales.
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