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Toowoomba forum aims to secure local help in fight against crime

Media Release

24 October 2003

Media release from Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Hon Chris Ellison

A forum on regional crime prevention held in Toowoomba shows that the Australian Government is keen to involve local communities in the ongoing effort to improve public safety, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said today.

The Toowoomba forum is the latest in a series of four regional forums run by the Australian Institute of Criminology over the past two years.

"These forums enable the Government to continue its work to reduce crime and violence in partnership with communities in regional Australia," Senator Ellison said.

"While the primary responsibility for crime prevention and law enforcement rests with the States and Territories, the Government has taken a strong leadership role in the prevention of violence and crime.

"Initiatives such as the Toowoomba forum are part of the Government's plan to work with all levels of government, business and the wider community to make Australia a safer place for everyone, regardless of where people live.

"The forums have a particular focus on getting local people more involved in making their communities safer.

"The Toowoomba forum will cover broad regional crime prevention issues and strategies as well as the nature and consequences of crime."

The aims of the forum are:

  • Building a clear picture of the impact of crime at the local level and the issues of most concern to Toowoomba residents and businesses;
  • Sharing information about sound anti-crime practice and relevant Australian Government initiatives;
  • Securing active involvement of the community in crime and violence prevention strategies, and
  • Empowering and encouraging local groups to work in partnership with government agencies to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

"The forum will provide a framework within which the Toowoomba community, including local government, regional communities, law enforcement agencies and researchers can build on the established local networks," Senator Ellison said.