NHW members toasted in local awards

The Australia Day long weekend saw three regional Neighbourhood Watch group volunteers recognised for outstanding contributions to their respective communities.

Raelene Williams was awarded the 2019 Whyalla Australia Day Senior Citizen of the Year, while Heather Courtney and Trevor Purdie were joint recipients of the Rural City of Murray Bridge – 2019 Citizen of the Year.

Raelene Williams has over 30 years of volunteering experience, including with Neighbourhood Watch in which she is Secretary for the Whyalla Stuart Area 277, Secretary/Treasurer for the Whyalla combined Areas and State Councilor for the Eyre and Western Local Service Area.

Trevor Purdie was recognised for his lengthy commitment to a wide variety of community based initiatives including an outstanding level of commitment to the local Neighbourhood Watch where with Area 288, he has served for 15 years, including four years as Treasurer and three years as Chairperson. In 2015 Trevor was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for conspicuous services to Neighbourhood Watch.

Heather Courtney was recognised for her diverse range of volunteering roles, including many years with Murray Bridge Neighbourhood Watch, where she held the position of Treasurer. As part of Neighbourhood Watch Heather has led and actively participated in many local community events designed to help reduce crime in the Murray Bridge area including hosting several Plate Safe days where vehicle owners are able to have their vehicle’s registration plate re-affixed using tamper-proof screws.

Neighbourhood Watch congratulates Raelene, Trevor and Heather for their fine achievements over many years culminating in the Australia Day Awards and hope their examples will inspire future community leaders – well done.