A RECENT free movie screening coupled with a public forum proved to be a popular community engagement combination for Bundaberg Regional Council and one which Council is keen to foster.

Council's Venues portfolio spokesperson Cr Lynne Forgan said the initial forum was based around the theme of the movie "Unbroken".

"Family and friends of veterans who were incarcerated as POW's during conflicts were invited to share their stories and to later enjoy a free viewing of the movie," she said.

"The community forum proved so popular that Council is now promoting its second such event which will be focussed on dementia sufferers and their families.

"The forum will be attended by dementia service providers as special guests and is conducted in an informal manner. We hope this less formal approach promotes an excellent interaction from patients, families and care providers as was our experience with the initial forum," Cr Forgan said.

Topping off the forum is the opportunity for attendees to see the new movie "Still Alice" which features Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore who stars as a renowned linguistics professor who has her world turned upside down when she is diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Cr Forgan said the event would be held at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre on Friday March 6 with the forum held from 5pm to 6pm and the movie to follow.

"These forums represent a great opportunity for Council to use a venue like the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre as a meeting place to focus on social issues within our community and to allow Council to be actively involved in facilitating these occasions," she said.

An open invitation is extended to all residents to attend the community forum and movie screening.
 



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