Here is a list of the successful applicants for our Community Funding program - stay tuned for more updates on how their projects went!
Caboolture 10 NHW Queensland $1,346.00
Caboolture 10 has been established for 20 years, it has a population of 500 homes and a monthly meeting attendance of approximately 30 people. The aim of the project is to purchase a marquee which can be used to promote membership and involvement within the community. The district plans to use the Marquee for NHW neighbour days and launch days.
Caboolture 10 NHW Queensland $2,155.00
To promote membership and involvement with NHW the Caboolture District aims to provide fridge magnets with emergency contacts and counselling numbers as well as promote their 22 active NHW groups in the area. Magnets will be distributed to new member areas in welcome packs and at community displays.
Woodcroft NHW South Australia $3,000.00
Carols in the Park
The aim of this project is to provide a safe environment and entertainment free from bullying and violence for all age groups within the community. The Woodcroft NHW holds this event annually and it is attended by over 500 residents each year. The project also aims to promote the involvement and visibility of their volunteers with hi-vis vests , polo shirts and hats, also giveaways to attendees of pens and personal alarms.
Ellen Grove NHW Queensland $450.00
NHW House Plaques (300)
Ellen Grove NHW was established in 2005 with 480 members. The area has a significant portion of Queensland Housing properties that were recently refurbished and their fences and mailboxes were replaced. When the old mailboxes were taken away they took the NHW signs with them so this project will assist a proud NHW community to display their membership and keep crime rates down.
Latrobe NHW Tasmania $1,223.75
NHW Area Street Signs (25)
Latrobe NHW was established in 1994 and their project will raise community awareness of their group by installing 25 street signs around their local area.
Broadbeach 20 NHW Queensland $1,340.36
This project involves 5 NHW groups led by Broadbeach20. Their local shopping centre has agreed to support the NHW groups and allow them to put up a display and educate the community on the benefits of being part of NHW, discuss safety concerns and highlight home security checks. They hope to raise awareness of NHW and gain new members, expand existing groups and open additional groups.
Wishart NHW Queensland $3,000.00
Good Neighbour Expo
Wishart NHW was one of the first to be formed in Queensland in 1988 and still remains active. Their project aims to re-energise the community interest and action in a wide range of information, services and products associated with developing community and keeping their families and homes safe from crime.
Cam/Somerset NHW Tasmania $2,915.00
This project aims to purchase and replace damaged and aged signs for educating/information Somerset residents of the NHW program and attract new members.
Klemzig NHW South Australia $2046.00
Klemzig NHW was established in 1995 and has a current and very active registered volunteer group of 90. Recently they have self-funded and delivered 3000 magnetic shopping list pads printed with the NHW logo to raise awareness of the program and this project is to purchase 3000 pens to sustain the ongoing awareness of NHW in their community.
Port Lincoln NHW South Australia $1,004.45
Port Lincoln NHW would like to run a high profile campaign within their NHW area to encourage local residents to security mark their valuable items of property with UV pens. The group aims to purchase 250 pens to distribute free to interested members of the community at a series of public events. They will also purchase a UV marking kit which will be used by NHW members to demonstrate how the system works to encourage participation.
Holden Hill NHW South Australia $1,490.00
This project aims to provide rubber mouse mats containing cyber safety messages with a focus on ID theft and safe use of social network sites.
Holden Hill NHW South Australia $2,151.30
1GB USB's (500)
Provision for USBs containing internet safety messages and information on computer safety and security. Information on cyber safety and anti cyber bullying using social networking sites.
Holden Hill NHW South Australia $2, 130.00
Provision of NHW branded notepads containing safety messages.
Evandale NHW Tasmania $1,327.50
This project aims to conduct an exhibition of static displays with emphasis on home security and safety. Exhibitors are being invited to join which include security alarms, doors, screens/blinds, locksmiths, car alarms/immobilisers. The exhibition will be held in a marquee as part of Evandale Village Fair and Penny Farthing Championships.
Gold Coast District NHW Queensland $2,419.50
Family Fun Days
The Gold Coast District NHW aims to support and rejuvenate NHW on the Gold Coast. They are aiming to hold two Neighbourhood Fun Days in March and April 2013 which will increase community awareness, attract new members and bring the community together in a fun and inclusive way.
Renmark NHW South Australia $2,806.42
Security and Safety Expo
This project aims to improve community awareness and to reduce the risk of break-ins, theft graffiti and petty crimes in the Renmark Paringa Area. The Renmark NHW will hold an Expo which will also coincide with their 25th birthday.
Devon Hills NHW Tasmania $870.99
Cameras and Engraving equipment
Devon Hills Park Estate is a low density rural residential estate in Tasmania’s Northern Midlands, the estate holds 160 residences and a population close to 600. This project aims to promote a sense of security, safety and well-being for Devon Hills residents by reducing the opportunity of crimes to be committed and also to increase the likelihood of criminals being caught by installing motion activated outdoor cameras and also purchasing two engravers.
Clare NHW South Australia $3,000.00
CCTV Cameras and Hardware
This project is aiming to reduce property damage and break-ins to businesses in the main street of Clare. The area does not have overnight police patrols and crime is occurring spasmodically and usually property based. There will be 6 cameras installed with the assistance of business owners.
Port Lincoln NHW (290) South Australia $1,010.00
Wheelie Bin Stickers and BBQ
This project aims to raise the profile of NHW in the area by encouraging residents to put NHW stickers on their wheelie bins and also holding a BBQ lunch to rally support and new members.
Buderim NHW Queensland $1,675.00
The aim of this project is to deliver awareness of the safety within the retirement community by extending to the residents within the four areas a message of safety and benefits of living within a community that has an active NHW group. 12 signs will be installed around Buderim and smaller house signs will be made available to residents.
Macgregor NHW Queensland $1,803.80
The aim of this project is to reach out to the Chinese and Mandarin speaking population in the area that may not be fully aware of community based crime prevention. This will be done via translated websites and newsletters and events held in the area.
NHW NT Northern Territory $3,000.00
NHWNT identified to need to produce a new membership handbook to provide the valuable reference tool to its members and members of the public. It will cover handy safety hints, community services, emergency phone numbers, NHWNT program sponsors and loyalty discounts available to members.
NHW SA South Australia $3,000.00
SAPOL Open Day
NHW and its sister program Blue Light, have been offered a major area at a proposed Open Day at the newly opened SA Police Academy. Previous Open Days have attracted 80,000 attendees. The aim of this project is to raise the general profile of NHW, recruit volunteers and actively promote the program.
Ipswich District NHW Queensland $2,612.42
Wheelie Bin Stickers and Radio Promotion
This project aims to raise awareness of NHW by using a multimedia campaign via radio and custom screensavers, wheelie bin stickers and a launch event/BBQ.
Mareeba NHW Area 2 Queensland $750.00
Street signs (30)
This project aims to better define the area covered and in particular the businesses within the NHW by using signage to provide a greater deterrent to possible offenders.
Legana NHW Tasmania $972.26
Motion Sensitive Lights
The Legana area has very poor street lighting, making it a dark and unpleasant area to walk in at night. This means that residents feel more vulnerable and there is more opportunity for thieves to hide in dark shrubbery around homes. Residents have approached council but as an interim measure they aim to encourage residents to install motion sensitive lights around their homes.
NHW Tasmania Tasmania $2,398.00
Wheelie Bin Stickers (1000)
Inspired by the Wheelie Bin sticker project run in Western Australia, this project is to launch a trial of the project in a Tasmanian municipality with a view to a state-wide roll out in the future.
Morningside NHW3 Queensland $580.00
Seminar / Catering
The aim of this project is to educate home users of the internet on the personal actions that they can take to prevent becoming a victim of cyber crime.
Beverley NHW South Australia $2,029.90
The aim of this project is to get people out of their houses, interacting with other locals on a weekly 30 minute walk Beverley NHW hopes to reduce fear of crime, encourage new residents to feel a part of the community and recruit more volunteers to the NHW.
North Tambourine Area 2 NHW Queensland $1,740.00
This project is to install signage to make the NHW activity obvious, this will increase community awareness and increased involvement.
Mudgeeraba 6 NHW Queensland $1,237.50
Wheelie Bin Stickers (500)
This project is to create Wheelie Bin stickers for the Mudgeeraba NHW to hand out at events to remind home owners and visitors of the presence of NHW in their area.
Dernancourt NHW South Australia $1,000.00
Dernancourt NHW aims to increase its membership with marketing and events held at the local shopping centre and school sports events.
Howard NHW Queensland $629.00
The town of Howard is experiencing a population boom, it is a tourism hotspot and they expect that when current developments are completed that the town’s population will have doubled. This project aims to use signage and a display at community events to create new NHW groups in new housing estates as well as show to visitors to the area that NHW is active.
The Gap NHW 2 Queensland $2,916.87
Knock Knock, who’s there?
This project aims to create overall awareness of the newly rejuvenated NHW group at The Gap with a focus on educating the younger generation. The project will create flyers, posters and wheelie bin stickers.
Lower Sunnybank Hills NHW 6 Queensland $990.00
One Way screws (500 cars)
This project aims to install one way screws on 500 cars within the Lower Sunnybank Hills community. This will raise awareness of what the NHW group does for its community and also prevent theft of registration plates that are then used to commit other offences such as drive offs from petrol stations, ram raids toll evasion and evasion from police.
Nerang NHW Area 10 Queensland $1,000.00
This project aims to raise awareness of NHW in Nerang by creating bumper stickers that also promote community pride.
Central Wynyard NHW Tasmania $600.00
The Wynyard area has experienced an escalation in youth related offending recently and this project aims to engage a larger proportion of the youth community and their families. It is planned that there would be two awards to each of six local schools to reward students who are contributing in a meaningful ways to the community. These awards would also be promoted through the media and increase the awareness of NHW in the area.
Central Wynyard NHW Tasmania $972.00
This project will provide and install signage in the area displaying a ‘Lock it or Lose it’ message along with NHW emblems to address and increase of the rate of incidents of property crime namely motor vehicle burglaries in the Wynyard area.
NHW Australind Program Western Australia $1,174.00
Know your neighbour Day
The aim of this project is to give residents living in Australind a chance to get to know neighbours, people on their street or living nearby. It is also a chance to raise awareness of the NHW program and invite people to participate. It will be held in conjunction with the National “Neighbour Day”.
Port Lincoln NHW South Australia $1,010.00
Wheelie Bin Stickers and BBQ
This project aims to make the community more aware by watching out for their neighbours. Stickers on wheelie bins and a BBQ to launch the project.
Innes Park NHW Queensland $1,472.25
Carols in the Park
Each year the Innes Park NHW put on an event for Christmas to raise awareness of NHW and encourage more residents to participate. This year in addition to their usual entertainment and food they will be able to draw more attention to their volunteers by having NHW shirts available.
Myrtle Bank NHW South Australia $1,750.00
Community Safety Day
The aim of this project is to educate the community on issues relating to personal safety and property security due to increased crime in the area.
This is awarded to the WatchSA Holden Hill Local Service Area
Presented to Karen Robinson, APM, Manager of Crime Prevention Section Holden Hill.
Accompanied by Detective Chief Inspector Brian Smith, Acting Officer in Charge, Holden Hill
The NHWA Minister's Innovation Award is aimed at recognizing a "community project" that has taken identified a significant community issue and found an innovative way to find a solution to that issue.
The aim of this recognised project was to address cyber bullying through social networking sites. This is not only a criminal offence but is also leading to significant health and wellbeing issues in the community, including suicide.
Young people are the largest current group affected by cyber bullying, but adults are also becoming involved primarily through the misuse of social network sites, such as Face book.
The factors that contribute to the problem in the community is theft of electronic devices, due primarily to public apathy of not marking their electronic property and recording the serial numbers of their devices. Ignorance of the law in relation to cyber bullying and the consequences and also ignorance of safety and security measures available to public.
The project funds will be used for the provision of 600 USB's containing internet safety messages and information on free download applications and programs re computer safety and security. Plus information on cyber safety and anti cyber bullying re social network sites.
Detective Chief Inspector
Brian Smith, Senior Sergeant Karen Robinson and
Lawrie has dedicated nearly 40 years as a community-focused Police Officer – 20 of those years as a Police Liaison Officer to four coastal groups. ‘Community’ is paramount in his eyes. Due to his commitment to Community, confidence has increased; Safer physical surrounds have been created due to mutual respect created between NHW, Police, residents, visitors and most importantly, youth.
Lawrie in his role as a Police Liaison Officer is committed to making vibrant positive NHW groups and attends as many events as possible. NHW Members are inspired by his commitment to QPS and allegiance to NHW.
Local youth assist Police when anti-social behaviour occurs. One example is when Bundaberg, Bargara & Innes Park skatebowls were graffitied. 15 offences were solved when a local resident confided in Lawrie after a NHW meeting. NHW organised Bike & Road Safety Talks purely to reign in youngsters who were vandalizing property. It is through Lawrie’s attendance and guidance at NHW monthly meetings that have brought about successful change in the community.
Some particular highlights of Lawrie's exception kindness above and beyond the call of duty are:
When Disaster Strikes:
- Lawrie was successful in organising and obtaining a home for a family who lost their home and all their possessions in a fire in Bundaberg.
- He contacted various Bundaberg businesses. With their kind donations, the house was fully furnished with white goods, clothing, sporting equipment for the children etc.
- Substantial money was donated to support and help this family.
Mentoring Youth & Others:
- People within the community have called upon Lawrie to speak to their children who may be heading down the wrong track. He was successful in getting some into the Agricultural College at Clare in the Burdekin.
- Successful in mentoring many young people back on track with their lives. Recently, at an eating outlet in Bundaberg, the Chef introduced himself and thanked Lawrie for supporting him when he was only 14 years old by providing guidance and helping to get him away from the wrong crowd involved in drugs and crime.
Without doubt, Lawrie is an outstanding recipient of this year's award.
Mr and Mrs Nauschutz with South Australian Police Commissioner Gary Burns
Gordon is currently the Honorary Secretary of the Combined Tweed Heads Neighbourhood Watch Groups.
Gordon has been an active and passionate member of Neighbourhood Watch in NSW since its inception in 1984. Gordon is also a NSW Police Force Volunteer in Policing and was one of the first eye watch precinct coordinators appointed in NSW.
In the last 28 years, Gordon has developed and continued to lead the Tweed / Bryon communities in the development of 18 Neighbourhood Watch groups across his region. He has worked closely with state and local government to ensure a community voice was heard relating to safety in the community. Gordon has provided thousands of volunteer hours over the years in providing a crucial link between the communities of the Tweed and the NSW Police Force.
Gordon has been recognised by Mr Geoff Provost MP, Member for Tweed for his leadership, integrity and commitment, by being appointed as the Hon. Secretary for the combined Tweed Neighbourhood Watch Committee, which is chaired by Mr Provost.
Prior to the current NSW Government coming to power in 2011, the now Minister for Police attended a range of community meetings in various locations across NSW. In a meeting in Tweed Heads he was introduced to Mr Levenson, who spoke passionately about Neighbourhood Watch and the fact that NSW Police Force had an interest in Neighbourhood Watch. This was one of the catalysts for the NSW Liberal and National Coalition to announce the policy direction that now sees Project Eye watch as a new tool in community engagement and the reinvigoration of 21st Century Neighbourhood Watch.
As a result of Gordon’s commitment, the Tweed was selected as a pilot site for the NSW Police Eyewatch program. Gordon was trained as a precinct coordinator and has driven the creation of the eyewatch program in the Tweed / Bryon area of NSW. More so he has provided a mentoring and coaching role to many other precinct coordinators that have come on board with NSW Police.
Project “Eyewatch” represents the NSW Police Force’s strategy to reinvigorate community engagement, crime prevention and openness in policing, developing local solutions with the community to identify local crime and social disorder issues.
Gordon as a, Community precinct coordinator, reports crime issues in their area and together these problems are worked though with local solutions developed in a collaborative approach. Crime is being solved, with offenders being identified, arrested and placed before the courts faster than prior to the eye watch project.
Gordon is an extraordinary advocate for NHW and a wonderful example of a passionate community leader.
It is with pleasure that this year's Malcolm Grant NHWA Volunteer of the Year is awarded to Gordon Levenson.
Mr and Mrs Levenson with Malcolm Grant
The Australasian Community Safety Survey has now closed. We received hundreds of submissions and some fantastic insights into the thoughts of our current NHW and NS members. Thank you for your support. The survey is currently being analysed by Griffith University and we will publish the results shortly - stay tuned!
NHWA is giving you a chance to participate in the first ever Australasian Community Safety Survey. Our survey seeks to obtain information from you as an individual currently involved with Neighbourhood Watch in Australia and Neighbourhood Support in New Zealand. Your valuable contribution will assist us by giving us an understanding of who is currently involved in Neighbourhood Watch and Neighbourhood Support, if we are currently meeting your needs, and how we can improve in the future.
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