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.

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