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Welcome to GITA 2012

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association Australia & New Zealand takes great pleasure in inviting you to participate in the 17th Annual Geospatial Solutions Conference (GITA 2012) being held from 6 – 8 August 2012 at the Sofitel, Victoria, Australia.

GITA 2012 is the premier geospatial technologies conference in Australia and New Zealand. This year’s conference has the theme From Fundamentals to the Future – Managing Assets Spatially and the program will particularly focus on Asset Systems, Smart Metering / Smart Grid, SCADA and Loss Detection systems, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), Integration of Geospatial with major business systems, Mobility devices and applications, Data Management, CAD to GIS, Remote Sensing applications, Research and Development in geospatial technologies.

The GITA 2012 program will bring together over 300 industry specialist and offers a great opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to promote products and services to their market over three days in both a professional and social context.

As well as providing a top class program, GITA 2012 will showcase the beauty and delights of cosmopolitan Melbourne with a host of social events. These events will provide an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and industry associates in a relaxed and unique environment.

On behalf of the GITA 2012 organising committee, I look forward to welcoming your attendance at this important event.

Youth Insearch: Bringing Hope

Youth Insearch: Bringing Hope to the Next Generation.

One of the most ignored issues in society is problems that many young people face. Some people feel that because children don’t have all the responsibilities of a grown-up that they shouldn’t have many worries. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many times issues can lead to poor behavior or a young person acting out. But thanks to an organization called Youth Insearch, something has been done to help resolve issues that these young people may face.

Young Insearch is an award-winning intervention program for youth ages 14 to 20 years old. It was started in 1985, by a counselor at a youth detention center who felt that individual counseling did not get to the root of the problem, and it was ineffective. To help at-risk individuals, Youth Insearch uses a peer to peer approach to get to the root of many issues that young people face but have no one to engage with and communicate. The purpose of Youth Insearch is to bring together a group of peers that can express their problems with each other while understanding that they are not alone in their struggle. Trust is critical when dealing with young people, and Youth Insearch does an excellent job in making these young people feel safe by providing resources when they need help.

For those who may be wondering if Youth Insearch can make a difference in the young community, the proof has been in the numbers. Since the project opened in 1985, Youth Insearch has helped 29,000 children. In an interview with the local police station, conducted by Andrew Olle, officers stated that they had cut back on personnel because the juvenile crime rate had dropped drastically since the program has been around. Hopefully, Youth Insearch can lead the way for similar organizations.