In a bid to foster and enhance community and boost information sharing, an open forum monthly event is set to launch this week.
Riverina Police District and Wagga Wagga Marketplace have joined forces to introduce the new initiative, ‘The Bush Telegraph’.
Riverina Police District Detective Inspector Jill Gibson, the brains behind The Bush Telegraph, said the initiative was designed around the rapid spread of information through informal gatherings.
In this month’s edition of the event, the focus will be on home safety and how to protect your home and your possessions.
“We’ll have a number of demonstrations, lots of information and we’ll have staff down there [at the Marketplace] that you can come and speak to,” said Insp Gibson.
“Each month we’ll have a different topic and one of the best ways to spread information is through teaching people … we give one person the information they go away and give it to another two.
“The last Thursday of each month the dates will go out and we’re going to hold The Bush Telegraph.”
Insp Gibson said the initiative was designed so that people could attend the gathering and ask relevant questions.
“People can ask questions like ‘What should I be looking at [on] the CCTV and how can I make my house stronger and safer?'” Insp Gibson said.
“We can provide you with all the information.
“We’re looking forward to sitting down and talking to people and giving that reassurance and advice.”
Insp Gibson said the Riverina Police District was set to do extensive community work this year and was lucky to partner with the Marketplace.
Wagga Wagga Marketplace community marketing manager Chloe Sutton said the centre was thrilled to bring The Bush Telegraph to the locals to connect with police to discuss what’s going on in the community.
“It is a timely program and we hope it brings confidence to those in our community that there is support and resources available to help understand and proactively combat community issues they face,” Ms Sutton said.
“Partnering with our local communities and organisations such as the Riverina PD allows us to connect with our visitors and shoppers on a deeper level and allow us to work with them to deliver programs such as The Bush Telegraph that are beneficial for everyone.
“The Wagga Wagga Marketplace is a central community hub where all members of our community are welcome to congregate and feel safe. Hosting events here is important so we can give back to the community and help them access resources more readily.”
The Bush Telegraph gathering will be held at Wagga Wagga Marketplace Food Court area near Woolworths on Thursday 25 January from 9:30 to 11 am.
Check the Riverina Police District Facebook page for future dates for The Bush Telegraph gatherings.