Goodbye to our second COVID year in which we moved on from the 2020 mantra of at least Do One Thing (DOT) to Do Something! This snapshot suggests we didn’t do too bad at all. See what you think.
35 Year Anniversary
We celebrated our 35-year partnership with Tasmania Police. Events were held in each police district, and we moved our AGM to the Launceston Country Club. A new Honours & Awards policy was endorsed, and an Awards Ceremony with morning tea followed the AGM. Awards presented were:
A new Life Member Lapel Pin was struck especially for the occasion.
11 CWACs were held throughout the year in the following locations:
Knight Frank have offered to assist future CWACs conducted in their shopping centres.
Tipalea Partners have offered to fund resources for NHWT groups, particularly in their development locations at Glebe Hill and Stony Rise.
Five new Watch Groups started in Tasmania:
1. Howrah Gardens & Glebe Hill
2. Old Beach
3. Montrose & Rosetta
4. South Hobart
5. New Town
Eight Watches chose to each receive a $700 grant to facilitate their GOLW activities:
1. Blackstone Heights
3. New Norfolk
4. West Hobart
5. Howrah Gardens
7. South Launceston Community Development
8. State Board
Five of our members attended the NHWA International Conference at on the Gold Coast in May 2021.
Again, we partnered with Bunnings Crime Prevention Week and delivered the following events:
Hobart Photographic Society participated in a photo competition and 3,500 calendars were published and distributed across the state for free in November and December 2021.
Seven Tasmanian articles were published in the NHWA national magazine.
12 Monthly Bulletins were distributed to members in 2021.
Sarah Lovell and Kelsey Timms were elected as new NHWT Directors, and we bade farewell to Director Ranald Moore who has moved to the mainland.
Andrew Lockman has continued to improve the quality and presentation of our information and holdings on the NHWT website, including links to partners and our own social media sites. Stephen Bourke has substantially grown our Facebook site with likes and follows to a new level with regular and entertaining posts.
NHWT has now taken up office accommodation within the ABC Complex at 1-7 Liverpool Street, Hobart. This move enhances Board support to all our groups across the state.
Although in the background, our policies, administrative processes, guidance documents and records management systems continue to be established and refined.
We are building on our relationship with Crime Stoppers through regular meetings with their staff in Hobart to share information on our respective initiatives and support each other’s events.
In December Crime Stoppers introduced a Shop Safe Campaign in Launceston designed to encourage shoppers to call out anti-social behaviour, shop stealing and abuse of retail staff by reporting what they see to Crime Stoppers anonymously. For further information see: https://www.crimestopperstas.com.au/campaigns/shop-safe-launceston/.
Tasmania Police are conducting Operation Safe Arrival over this holiday season. Police are concerned that with our borders opened there are more tourists travelling around Tasmania which means even more cars, bikes, caravans, boats, and trailers on our roads. The message is:
We still have 100 of the 2022 calendars available for anyone that hasn’t got one yet – or would like some more. Please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange delivery.
6 March Clean Up Australia Day
27 March Neighbour Day
8 June Thank a First Responder Day
8 September RUOK Day
5 October International Coffee with a Cop Day
19 November NHWT AGM and Awards Ceremony
Each year we name five initiatives to help your thinking of what you could do for your neighbourhood. Feel free to contact me at any time if you would like further ideas or support to put a project together.
Senior Constable Scott Hardman is the Tasmania Police Liaison Officer to the State Board of Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania. Scott joined the Tasmania Police in 2016 after previously serving in both the NSW Police Force and the Australian Federal Police. Scott has a total of 25 years of operational experience in a variety of environments, including police deployments to the Pacific, Africa and the Mediterranean. Scott is also the State Coordinator for Community Policing Services.
Yours in Neighbourhood Watch
Peter Edwards, President
Good Neighbours Create Safer Communities
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