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Backpacker bag tags help with safety

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Sgt Meg Owens, Insp Pat Swindells and Megan Hunt from the British Consulate with the new information tag clips at the Bundaberg Police Station.

Innovative new bag tags for backpackers and other travellers with local information were launched today at Bundaberg Police Station.

The project is an initiative of Queensland Police, the British Consulate in Brisbane and the Working Tourist Safety Forum.

The forum had identified an ongoing concern about how to better equip backpackers with safety information and key contacts.

The British Consulate Head of Consular Services, Megan Hunt, said the new bag tag was a great initiative.

“The local police are very pro-active and have a real community education focus,” she said.

“Meg Owens and Sue Rewald are to be congratulated on working on a Brisbane Airport Corporation Regional Community Giving Fund Grant which allowed them to produce these tags, which contain a wealth of information for backpackers and other travellers.”

The bag tags will be available to backpackers and travellers throughout the Bundaberg region.

Bundaberg police officers will visit hostels and farms to speak to backpackers about taking responsibility for their safety, distributing the bag tags as a reminder.

The innovative bag tags for backpackers contain detailed information on surf safety, Policelink, Lock it or Lose it as well as consular information through the travelaware website and Australian visa information.

There is also a tag promoting #lovebundy and driving safely on Australian roads.

“We are delighted to be involved in the project, focusing on prevention and education for our British backpackers who are visiting the area,” Ms Hunt said.

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Police, Australian Border Force, British Consulate, Surf Lifesaving and Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce representatives launched the information bag tags at Bundaberg Police Station.
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