July 15, 2020
The Kingaroy Community Police Consultative Committee marked its 30th anniversary last month, making it one of the longest-serving police liaison committees in Queensland.
The committee was originally established to improve channels of communication between local police and community members.
The inaugural meeting was held in the Kingaroy Shire Chambers on June 26, 1990.
That meeting was chaired by then-Kingaroy Shire Chairman – now former Deputy Prime Minister – Warren Truss.
These days the committee meets quarterly and its role has expanded to:
- Develop informal relationships with other community groups and the Queensland Police Service
- Raise, discuss and/or report local issues affecting one or more of the organisations – including, but not limited to, families in need, mental health and suicide prevention
- Offer advice, assistance and solutions where possible.
Currently the committee consists of the officers-in-charge of the Kingaroy and Kumbia police stations, and representatives from a number of local groups and organisations, including the Department of Child Safety, South Burnett CTC, South Burnett Regional Council, Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Neighbourhood Watch, Queensland Health, Education Queensland and Services Australia (Centrelink).
Representatives from the SES, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, the Nanango Electorate Office, Downer Group and Kingaroy Shoppingworld Centre Management also take part.
A spokesperson said community groups which were not currently represented but would like to participate were invited to register their interest by contacting the Kingaroy Police Station on (07) 4160-4900.
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