Trevor O'Hara, the event's director of safety and transport, is preparing for the Scout Jamboree in Maryborough.
Trevor O'Hara, the event's director of safety and transport, is preparing for the Scout Jamboree in Maryborough. Roderick Makim

Scouts are in safe hands for jamboree in January

A TWENTY-FOUR hour onsite police station, medical centre and security detail will help ensure the safety of 11,000 scouts and leaders at the 2103 Australian Scout Jamboree in Maryborough.

The event, from January 2-12, will see scouts from all over the country descend on the Maryborough Showgrounds to participate in a variety of activities, including exercise and adventure sports, trades and skills workshops.

There will be up to 10 police officers stationed at the event each day at a 24-hour onsite police station.

There will also be about eight firefighters daily, plus a team of medical personnel, including St John Ambulance paramedics, at an onsite medical centre.

Trevor O'Hara, the event's director of safety and transport, said two entrances to the showgrounds would be manned 24-7 by officers from a local security company.

The Maryborough Police District Traffic branch will be on hand to assist with traffic control and ensure the safe passage of 80 buses when the scouts leave the grounds for offsite activities.

The Hervey Bay Water Police and officers on quad bikes will monitor the scouts when they head to Torquay beach for water sports and mounted police on horses will patrol the showgrounds.

"Any police officer who has attended a jamboree in the past has loved it because scouts are generally very well-behaved," said Mr O'Hara, who is also the chief executive of Crime Stoppers Queensland.

People who want to attend the showgrounds on designated visitor days are being asked to first register on the event's website.

Mr O'Hara said no access would be available to vehicles or pedestrians, but regular shuttle buses would run from the Maryborough Speedway.

For more details, visit aj2013.scouts.com.au.



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