Carolyn Ramsay, School Transition Officer at Cunnamulla P-12
State School, and Laurie Bateman, Police Liaison Officer,
attended the 2018 Australian Crime & Violence Prevention
Awards (ACVPA) at Parliament House in Canberra last
Thursday 29th November to accept a Bronze Award for the
Blue Light Shearing project.
The Blue Light Shearing project was one of twelve winners
from 48 finalists. A joint Australian government, state and
territory initiative, the ACVP Awards are coordinated by the
Australian Institute of Criminology and recognise police and
community-led projects from across the nation.
Approximately three years ago PLO Bateman, who has over
28 years experience as a shearer, started teaching the skill to
young vulnerable people In Cunnamulla to curb and prevent
offending behaviour. From these humble beginnings the
program has evolved.
The Blue Light Shearing project commenced in 2017 with the
partnerships between Cunnamulla P-12 State School, the
local Police Liaison Officer, QPS and Queensland Blue Light.
The program provides students with an opportunity to
develop future employment opportunities, create a better
mindset, build a strong work ethic, and learn how to work in
a team while exposed to a work environment. Students work
towards completing a Certificate II in Rural Operations which
provides credit towards their QCE.
Led by program coordinator, Carolyn Ramsay, the project
expanded in 2018 to include students from Charleville and
St George. Other stakeholders who have assisted with the
program since inception include SkillCentred, Australian
Wool Innovations (AWI), RAPAD Employment Services/
RESQ, UQ Gatton Vocational Education Centre and various
trainers as well as a number of wool growers within the
Cunnamulla and surrounding districts who have provided
their facilities and sheep for the program.
The project was also a recipient of a Silver Award for
Innovation at the 2018 Queensland Police Service Awards
for Excellence in August.