Planning for ‘The Great Road Safety Debate’, a joint initiative of Moree Toastmasters Club and Moree Plains and Gwydir Shires Road Safety Program, got underway on Friday.
A small but enthusiastic group representing both organizations met in Bingara to work out how the debate will be staged. The debate is planned to coincide with Road Safety month, September, and another will be held on August 27, and September 3 to arrange what Moree Toastmasters representative, Val McCallum, hopes will be a lively, interesting and entertaining debate.
“We are trying to engage as many community groups and people as possible to take part in the planning process,” Ms. McCallum said. “We need businesses and community groups to sponsor groups of young people to take part in the debate. “There will be three in each team, one spare, and one mentor,” she said.
Ms. McCallum stressed that she would like to see the whole community taking part in the planned debate. “Road safety is not just for young people”.
Heats will be held at Warialda Town Hall on Saturday September 4, and the Moree Banquet Hall on Saturday, September 11.
The grand final will be held at the Roxy Theatre, Bingara, on Friday, September 24.
There will be two debates, one for 14 to 17 year old people, and one for those aged 18 to 25. The group discussed a range of topics to be discussed at the ‘Great Road Safety Debate".
Bingara Librarian, Gail Phillpott has thrown her support behind the debate. “Debate teams can book the study room at the Library to use the computer for group research or to practice their debating skills,” she said.
Kyra Beesley at the RTA said “Teams can talk to me about their debating topic and I can help them source information.” Entry forms can be obtained from the Gwydir Council office for from the Library. Completed forms can be returned to Moree Toastmasters Club, PO Box 1200, Moree 2400.