About NHW Tasmania

Our Objectives

  • Minimise the incidence of preventable crime.
  • Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension.
  • Reduce the fear of crime.
  • Increase the reporting of crime and suspicious behaviour.
  • Improve the degree of personal and household security through education.
  • Expand the program’s involvement in wider community safety and crime prevention initiatives.

Our Board

The Neighbourhood Watch Board provides policy direction for Neighbourhood Watch and its programs, and initiates community awareness campaigns to promote future development.

Neighbourhood Watch Board. Appointed 28 October 2023

peter edwards

Our President is Peter Edwards BM APM, a former Commander in the Tasmania Police Service.  He holds a Master’s degree in Public Sector Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Police Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.  Peter is also a Director of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, the peak body for member Neighbourhood Watch groups in Australia and Neighbourhood Support in New Zealand.

kate dobson

Our Secretary is Kate Dobson, a former school teacher who also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. Kate has extensive experience in emergency management in Tasmania, working for the Tasmanian Government as a security and emergency management policy officer.

Christine Fraser

Our Treasurer is Christine Fraser who is a Certified Practising Accountant with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree in Accounting. Christine has previously worked as an Internal Auditor; an Assistant Accountant; and a Business Support Assistant. From 2015 Christine was the Executive Officer for the Tasmania Police, Operations Support Command before moving to the Sorell Council as a Finance Officer. Christine is now retired but remains active in managing the NHW finances.

stephen giles

Stephen Giles grew up in Sydney and started his working life as a tradesperson. He moved to Brisbane working in IT and marketing before settling in Tasmania some 22 years ago. Stephen has extensive experience in the communications industry and for the past 15 years he has been a senior manager in media. He is currently the General Manager for TDT. Stephen spends his spare time with family and is slowly learning how not to kill plants!

David Rose

Our Public Officer and Assistant Treasurer is David Rose. David had a 41-year career with the Commonwealth Bank, mainly as a Commercial Lender. Prior to his recent retirement he worked as a consultant for Property Developer Ali Sultan. David has played, coached, and volunteered on the committees of many sporting and community organisations prior to joining our Board. David is a keen cyclist and traveller. David joined the Board in 2023.

Marian Quilty

Marian (Maz) Quilty has a PhD from the School of Medicine as well as Professional Honours in Public Service Leadership and Management. Maz joined Tasmania Police in 2014 and currently manages the Policy Team for Emergency Management and Counter-Terrorism. Maz is also a Pilates instructor, but more importantly, she is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, and cousin to family around Australia and the world. Maz loves to cook and spend time with a menagerie of family pets. Maz joined the Board in 2023.

Peter Harriss

Commander Peter Harriss APM, has extensive operational experience in the areas of prosecution, drug investigation, criminal investigation and internal investigation. He has been a Uniform Divisional Officer and has led the Education and Training Command. Peter holds two Masters-Degrees and now has responsibility for Strategy and Support within the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management. Peter joined the Board in 2022.

constable marita osborn

Constable Marita Osborn is the Tasmania Police Liaison Officer to the State Board. With over 30 years of operational experience, Marita has served in diverse roles which include General Duties, Academy Instructor and Radio Room Operator. Marita has particular expertise with community programs from working within the Early Intervention and Youth Action Unit and has recently returned to Community Engagement, within Statewide Services. Marita is also the Secretary for the world-renowned Tasmania Police Pipe Band.

Keeping residents informed
Providing information of the incidence of crime in their area on a regular basis through newsletters and advising how to effectively identify suspicious people and activity and report same.
Increasing awareness and knowledge
Informing residents of practical personal and household security enables them to best secure their homes and increase personal safety for themselves and their families.
Signposting areas
Displaying Neighbourhood Watch signs and material operates as a visible deterrent to criminal activity by identifying a particular area as having active Neighbourhood Watch participants.
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