Kingaroy Blue Light Disco to celebrate 20 years

IT HAS been two decades since the Blue Light Disco landed in Kingaroy, and this June police plan to bring in its 20th birthday in style.

As a youth program designed to encourage better relations between the police, the Blue Light Disco started in Melbourne in the 1970s before spreading to other states.

The initiative provides a safe place for children and teenagers to have a night out without the risks of alcohol and drugs.

The 20th birthday will feature a BBQ from 5pm, bucking bull, face painting, a cake cutting celebration, photo booth and a visit from Clancy the Koala and there's no one more excited than Kingaroy Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Duane Frank.

Snr Sgt Frank said he had attended many of the discos and enjoyed watching the youths' faces light up with the chance to dress up, dance and see friends.

He said the event was particularly important because it forged positive relations between younger residents and the police.

"It forms a relationship with the children, both in actively working towards building positive networks with local youth and showing the youth that the police are also part of the community and are there to assist and advise if needed," Snr Sgt Frank said.

"It's just another part of their development and encourages them to become contributing members of the community.

"It also shows them there are good and safe things they can do and have fun without trouble."

Snr Sgt Frank said there were a number of children who had attended the event from a young age, and he encouraged those children to invite friends and family members who had never been before.

Normally an admission fee, the 20th birthday celebration will be free and is open to children under 14 and their parents.

The event will take place at the Kingaroy Town Hall on Friday, June 17 from 5-9pm.

Children must be picked up by a parent after the event.

For more, phone Kingaroy Police on 4160 4900.