CWACs Coming Your Way

Our Cuppa with a Cop (CWAC) events are proving to be a simple and popular way for community members to engage with their local police officers and build good relationships – one cup at a time. CWACs have become a flagship event for Neighbourhood Watch. We help to find sponsors or provide funds for free drinks; we coordinate with Tasmania Police and café owners to schedule the best time, date and venue; we publicise the event beforehand and we celebrate our success afterwards.

So please check out the next schedule of CWACs and if you are in the vicinity, please come along, say hello, and enjoy the occasion. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday 12 April 23 11am Muffin Break at Eastlands Shopping Centre, Rosny
Wednesday 19 April 23 11am Bakers & Baristas at Sorell Shopping Plaza, Sorell
Wednesday 3 May 23 11am Northgate Shopping Centre, Glenorchy
Wednesday 24 May 23 11am Claremont Village Shopping Centre, Claremont

New Police Commanders Appointed

Congratulations to the four new Police Commanders whose appointments were recently announced by Commissioner Donna Adams. Kate Chambers will be the first ever female Commander in Charge of Northern District; Stephen Burk will be the Commander of Professional Standards; Commander Doug Oosterloo is in charge of Operations Support, and Damien George is the new Commander for Education and Training at the Police Academy.

Pictured below with Commissioner Donna Adams, Commanders Damien George, Doug Oosterloo, Stephen Burk and Kate Chambers with Deputy Commissioner Jonathan Higgins.

group of new commanders 2023

Calendar Drawing Competition

This year we are asking primary school students to enter their Safe Neighbourhoods drawing in our competition for the NHW 2024 Calendar. Each month of the year will feature one of the 12 successful drawings. All winners and their families will be invited to attend the NHW AGM and Awards Ceremony at the Country Club in Launceston on Saturday, 28 October 23. Winners will also receive a $100 prize, certificate and NHW tote bag.

All NHW members are being challenged to encourage at least one child to enter the competition. How proud will you be if a child you support enters a drawing; and how great would it be if that drawing is forever preserved as a feature page in our calendar? You all know a child, grandchild, nephew, niece or neighbour of primary school age who could enter. Please take this challenge on as your personal contribution to the success of our next calendar and the value of NHW in our communities. If you do one thing in 2023 – do this!

The competition closes on 30 June 23.
Entry forms and additional information can be downloaded from this link.

Clarence Plains Neighbour Day Prize Draw

Tina Brown is the Rokeby Coordinator which also includes Clarendon Vale in our Clarence Plains Cluster of NHW groups. For Neighbour Day this year Tina coordinated a competition where people living in her area could get a NHW label or gate sign to attach to their property and send in a photo via Facebook Messenger. NHW labels were made available at the local market and Rotary stand in the Glebe Hill Village.

The first prize, drawn on Neighbour Day, Sunday 26 March 23, was a Swann Home Security System worth $400 from Bunnings; second and third prizes were gift vouchers to the value of $100 each. This initiative has many benefits, it promotes NHW in the area, it engages with local businesses, and it generates a greater awareness about security and connectedness in the neighbourhoods. And really, that is what NHW is all about.

Burnie Bushwatch CWAC

With the help of Western District Bush Watch, Tasmania Police and Knight Frank, another successful CWAC was held at N’Icecreams in the Burnie Plaza on Wednesday, 8 March 23. Special thanks to Commander Debbie Williams, and many of the local police and Bush Watch members for making this event such a great success.

people at burnie bush watch event

NHWA Keeping Kids Safe Online

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia (NHWA), in collaboration with the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) has created a series of 30 second Community Service Announcements (CSA) with crime prevention messaging focused on online child exploitation. You can view these CSAs at:

Speaking about NHWA, the April Journal is now available. You can read it online at But if you want a hard copy, please contact your coordinator who can arrange one for you. These magazines are full of ideas and initiatives from across Australia and New Zealand. If you want to explore things that you can do in your neighbourhood, there is a wealth of reports on successful events that you can copy or use to improvise for your own location. Also, checkout the NHW Tasmania articles inside.

AGM and Awards Ceremony

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held at 11am on Saturday, 28 October 23 at the Country Club, Prospect. If you don’t like meetings our AGM only goes for 30 minutes. The highlight follows the meeting with our Awards Ceremony to recognise the outstanding contribution made by our members each and every year. This year will be even better because we will award the prizes to our primary school winners in our Calendar Drawing Competition. Please mark the time and date in your diary now to make this ceremony the best one yet.

If you need any more incentive, we guarantee an outstanding morning tea for everyone who comes along! Support us – and we guarantee to support your calorie intake!

Key Dates for 2023

12 April CWAC at Muffin Break, Eastlands
19 April  CWAC at Sorell Plaza
3 May CWAC at Northgate
8 May NHW Tasmania Board Meeting.
24 May CWAC at Claremont Plaza.
7 June Thank a First Responder Day
30 June Drawing Competition Closes
30 June Nominations for NHW Annual Awards close
14 September RUOK Day
4 October International Coffee with a Cop Day.
16 – 22 October Get Online Week
28 October AGM and Awards Ceremony
6-12 November Neighbourhood Watch/Bunnings Crime Prevention Week.

And in Conclusion.

Join NHWT online – it’s free!

The purpose of life is, in fact, to lead a life of purpose“. (With thanks to Ita Buttrose)”.

peter edwards

Yours in Neighbourhood Watch
Peter Edwards, President
Good Neighbours Create Safer Communities

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