June 21, 2016 @ 4:30pm
Argyle Housing partnered with services from the Wagga Vulnerable Communities Network (including Disability Advocacy Network, The Forrest Centre, NSW Trustee and Guardian, St Vincent de Paul Society and Wagga Police) to present a safety/fraud prevention forum on Tuesday 7th June. Wagga City Council generously donated the Wagga City Council meeting room, free of charge and Argyle provided the tea and coffee.
The aim of the forum was to provide the Wagga Community with education on scams and fraud in the community. The information was presented by Detective Sergeant Phil Malligan from Wagga Police and Belinda Parker from Department of fair trading. The free presentation provided tips and strategies on how to recognise and deal with fraud and scams if targeted. An invite was sent to all Wagga Argyle tenants in the June monthly newsletter and invites were sent to local support services in Wagga as well as being distributed by Wagga City Council. There were two forum sessions held, one at 11am and one in the evening at 5.30pm. Given the cold and miserable rainy weather there was a great turn out of 40 people for the day.
Community members were encouraged to report scam/fraud to fair trading and always call the police if you are unsure or feel intimidated. At the end of the forum Belinda and Phil were available to speak to and ask questions. Information (pamphlets, brochures, etc.) was available for people to take home with them and pass onto family members and friends. Positive feedback was received from the community members who attended the forum. A big thank you to all who were involved in organising the forum and a very special thank you to Phil Malligan and Belinda Parker who presented at the forum.
Pictured:(Left to right) Belinda Parker- Department of fair Trading, Chantelle Fox- Argyle Community Housing, Kate Russell- Disability Advocacy Service, Volunteer- Disability Advocacy Service, Phil Malligan- Detective Sergeant Wagga Wagga police