Our 2022 Calendars are out and going like hot cakes. If you haven’t got yours yet, please check with your Watch Coordinator to find out if there are any left and how you can get one!
We still have a few copies of the November national NHWA magazine. The magazine always contains articles of NHW initiatives from around the country and including Neighbourhood Support in New Zealand. This is a good source of ideas for local groups that want to do something.
There are four Tasmanian articles in this issue and your Watch Coordinator can help you get copies to share in your neighbourhood. Of course, you can always read it online, just open this link: https://issuu.com/countrywideaustral/docs/nhw_australasia_november_2021.
A very successful Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by an Awards Ceremony was held at the Launceston Country Club on Saturday 20 November 21. The newly elected Board of Management is:
President – Peter Edwards
Vice President & Public Officer – Sarah Williams
Treasurer – Christine Fraser
Secretary – Kate Dobson
Director – Frank Pearce
Director – Kelsey Timms
It was great to have NHW group representation from all parts of the state to help congratulate the award recipients – and also to help clean up the morning tea! The feedback from everyone who attended has been overwhelmingly positive.
The 2021 Honours and Awards recipients were:
Gerry Bartley (Hadspen) – Life Member
Maureen Newman (Shoreline/Howrah) – Life Member
Roxley Snare OAM (Wynyard) – Life Member
Betty Wright (Ravenswood) – Life Member
Joan North (Riverside) – Life Member
Pat Martin (Cam/Somerset) – Life Member
Ian Peck (Riverside) – Life Member
Wayne Burgess (Illawarra) – President’s Certificate
Malcolm Cash (Newnham) – President’s Certificate
Ranald Moore (NHWT) – Certificate of Appreciation
Previous Life Members Robert Anderson, Jan Dunsby, Pat Leary and Linda Madill OAM were also announced or presented with their Life Member Lapel Pins.
There are two important messages for all members arising out of this event:
Tasmania Police have recently appointed Anthony Bailey as the Community Policing Officer for Southern Tasmania. He takes over from Senior Constable Simon Jones who has moved to another work area.
Anthony has been a police officer for 24 years. He has worked in a variety of areas which include general uniform duties and a range of investigative roles. Anthony says he is, …thoroughly looking forward to my new role with being able to assist the community. A keen sportsman, Anthony has enjoyed plenty of community participation through his prowess in football, basketball and cricket. Welcome Anthony!
Neighbourhood Watch groups are encouraged to do things that will improve connection for the members of their communities. Grants regularly become available for a range of community activities and wherever possible, this Bulletin will share grant information with our readers. The Stronger Communities Program aims to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities.
If you have a project worth up to $20,000 get more information by clicking on this link and following up with your local Federal Member of Parliament. Applications close on 19 January 2022.
Once again, the Tasmanian NHW groups were able to rise to the occasion and participate in this national partnership with Bunnings to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch Week and promote crime prevention awareness and products. We value this generous partnership with Bunnings who provided opportunities to fundraise with their barbecues, providing prizes for raffles, and hosting Cuppa with a Cop events in their warehouse cafes.
The first New Norfolk Cuppa with a Cop was held at Banjos Bakery and Café on 10 November 21. Inspector Philippa Burk and many officers from New Norfolk and the Bridgewater Division attended to interact with, and answer questions from, the many community members who were there.
9 December 21 – Bunnings Mornington Car Park event 6pm – 8pm.
15 December 21, 11am to 12 noon – Cuppa with a Cop at Worth it Fresh, 469 Rokeby Road, Howrah.
If you want quick grabs of Neighbourhood Watch type information, some serious, some not so serious, you can like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/NHWTas/.
The use of online services is now very much a part of modern life. It is also a fact of the new criminal environment. In the 2020 21 financial year, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) received over 67,500 cybercrime reports, an average of one every eight minutes. This is an increase of nearly 13 percent from the previous financial year.
The ACSC is expanding their Cyber Security Hotline (1300 CYBER1) to offer all Australians on-call help and advice. The Hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring cyber security advice and technical assistance is only a phone call away.
Remember that scams do exist, but you can protect yourself by being wary of uninvited contacts from people or businesses. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Significant Dates for 2022
6 March 22 is Clean Up Australia Day
21 March 22 is Harmony Day
27 March 22 is Neighbour Day, learn more about it at https://neighbourday.org/.
3 April 22 Daylight Saving ends
15 April 22 is Good Friday
8 May 22 is Mother’s Day
8 June 22 is Thank a First Responder Day
8 September 22 is RUOK Day
5 October 22 is International Coffee with a Cop Day
19 November 22 is the AGM and Awards Ceremony for NHWT
With our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year from the Neighbourhood Watch Inc Board of Management.
Yours in Neighbourhood Watch
Peter Edwards, President
Good Neighbours Create Safer Communities
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