Winter expo focusses on staff safety

WITH winter right around the corner, the local community wants to be more prepared than ever to welcome the snow season by protecting the health, well-being, and safety of winter staff. That's why, this year, the Snowy-Monaro Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) will be hosting the annual winter staff welcome expo, as well as Wednesday night dodge ball competitions for staff and locals.

The staff welcome expo, known simply as The Winter Welcome, is scheduled for Wednesday June 25 from 6pm to 9pm at the Jindabyne Sports and Bowling Club. Stallholders will include a range of regional services including health, welfare, housing, and employment; community groups and organisations such as ski patrol; and local businesses that offer health and well being services like physiotherapy or yoga.

The 2014 edition of the Little Black Book and show bags with great treats and discounts will be handed out on the night.

Each year, more than 300 young winter staffers attend the expo.

That means it's not only a great way for staff to connect with the community, it's also a great way for local businesses to connect with staff. Local businesses are invited to include promotional materials in Winter Welcome show bags in exchange for a $50 donation to the CDAT. The money will be used to pay for year-round CDAT initiatives aimed at reducing drug and alcohol related harm in Snowy River Shire.

In addition to the Winter Welcome, the CDAT is collaborating with emergency services to deliver a Wednesday night dodge competition.

Aimed at staff and locals alike, the Wednesday night comp will build camaraderie and create an alcohol free evening activity. There will be a low-cost sausage sizzle and great weekly, monthly, and overall prizes to top players. The CDAT is seeking sponsors within the local community to supply those prizes - from ski gloves to meal vouchers to snowboards.

Businesses supplying a major prize for the dodge ball competition will also have their advertising materials included in the Winter Welcome show bags.

To sponsor winter activities, register for a stall at the Winter Welcome, get more information, or become part of the Snowy-Monaro Community Drug Action Team, please contact our Chair Lynne Edwards on 04 18 479 866, or Snowy River Shire Council liaison Meghan Quinn on 6451 1195.

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