Greenwich Reschedules Mardi Gras Policing Forum

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Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has rescheduled the public forum about Mardi Gras policing, moving it from this Thursday to next Tuesday, and to a larger venue.

ACON reports: Due to overwhelming demand, this week’s community forum to discuss policing practices at Sydney Mardi Gras has been rescheduled and relocated to allow more people to attend.

Originally planned to take place this Thursday at the Police Auditorium in Surry Hills, the forum will now be held on Tuesday 19 March at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre in Surry Hills. The event will begin at 7pm.

Organisers say the decision to reschedule the event was made following a significant number of enquiries from people wanting to attend the forum.

A registration process has been set up for the rescheduled event to ensure that as many people as possible who want to attend the forum get the opportunity to reserve a place. Registrants can choose to be anonymous. Registrations can be made at http://policecommunityforum.eventbrite.com

The forum will still be attended by senior police, Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and representatives from a range of LGBTQI* organisations including Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ACON, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and the Inner City Legal Centre.

Mr Greenwich says while organisers regret the inconvenience the rescheduling may cause for some people, providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to attend the forum is the most important consideration.

“The response we’ve had to the forum so far clearly indicates that this is an issue which affects many people in our community,” Mr Geenwich says. “The new venue is significantly bigger and we look forward to welcoming a lot more people to have a civil and constructive dialogue with the police and community representatives who will be attending the event.”

The forum has been organised in response to two specific incidents – as well as a large number of other reported incidents – of police using excessive force at a range of events during the recent Sydney Mardi Gras.

The forum will provide an opportunity for community members to speak directly with senior police and LGBTQI community leaders about any police-related incidents they experienced during Sydney Mardi Gras. People attending the forum will also be able to offer ideas about how policing practices can be enhanced to the benefit of both Sydney Mardi Gras patrons and police.

What: Sydney Mardi Gras Policing Community Forum
When: Tuesday 19 March, 7pm
Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Register: http://policecommunityforum.eventbrite.com

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