Great projects, people recognised

The volunteers of Neighbourhood Watch are the cornerstone of the program and a select few were recognised for their outstanding contribution at the AGM on the weekend.

The Kingston SE NHW Group was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the group’s activities which included supplying elderly residents using gophers and young school children walking to school with high visibility vests, the installation of CCTV cameras to address local crime issues, assisting at ‘The Ice Update’ drug forum at Kingston, and participating in the Annual Lobster Trail and Kingston Show.

Gawler East Area 112 NHW Group also received a Certificate of Appreciation.  The Area started in 1988 and remains the strongest supported area within the Barossa Local Service Area, with six of the original members still actively involved which is clearly a tribute to their commitment and dedication.

The area has continued to keep residents up to date with regular newsletters and has recently been heavily involved in promoting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) credit card sleeves to prevent theft of credit card details.

Wally Sievers was bestowed the prestigious President’s Award for his instrumental role in establishing and promoting Taxi Watch in South Australia, an extension of the NHW program into the taxi industry. The scheme was quickly adopted by Victoria and NSW, and has assisted in the apprehension and conviction of many offenders.

Following retirement from full-time work, Wally has increased his NHW volunteering and he currently volunteers across all layers including Area, District, State Council and Board of Management.

These initiatives demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment to making local residents feel safe and connected which is what Neighbourhood Watch is all about.

Ian Gregor and Daphne Hooper were joint winners of the State NHW Volunteer Award recognised for their long-term commitment to NHW with 27 years and 22 years’ service respectively. Senior Sergeant First Class Gordon Little earnt the State NHW Police Award.

Congratulations to all award winners and nominees.

If you want to make a difference in your local community like these volunteers have, you can join your local NHW group or set up a new NHW group in your area. Search for your nearest NHW group.