State Awards

Each year the NHWT Board calls for nominations from members to recognise exceptional service to our organisation and the neighbourhoods we serve. Our Board is pleased to announce that the following people are to be recognised at the Awards Ceremony which will immediately follow our Annual General Meeting at 11am on Saturday, 19 November 22 at the Country Club, Launceston.

Certificates of Appreciation:

  • Stephen Bourke Howrah Gardens/Glebe Hill
  • Jacqui Green Riverside
  • Graham Houghton Blackstone Heights
  • Michael McLaren Latrobe
  • Valerie Reid Southern Beaches
  • Irene Taylor-Smith New Norfolk
  • Robert Webb Cam Somerset

President’s Certificate of Commendation

  • Marita Osborn Tasmania Police
  • Jill Strauss Mowbray
  • Bev Sweetnam Hadspen

Honorary Life Members

  • David Brown Lilydale
  • Stefan Frazik BushWatch, Westerway and Upper Derwent Valley.
  • Sharon Leonard Ravenswood

Our Annual Awards Ceremony is the one occasion each year when all Neighbourhood Watch members with their families and friends can come together to share our collective successes and celebrate the achievements and service of the award recipients. All members and their families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the AGM, Awards Ceremony and of course the refreshments that follow! To accept this invitation, please RSVP to before 4 November 22.

Cuppa with a Cop (CWAC) Coming Your Way!

CWACs have become a flagship event for Neighbourhood Watch to show our appreciation for our local police and give members of the community the opportunity to speak informally to members of the Tasmania Police Service. Many of our CWACs are supported by Knight Frank or other local cafes in our neighbourhoods. Here are two happening this month, if you are in the area, you would be most welcome to attend.

10am on Wednesday, 5 October 22, Full a Beans Prospect Vale Market Place.
10am on Friday, 7 October 22, Ingleside Bakery Café, 4 Russell Street, Evandale.

Building community relationships, one cup at a time!

Did You Know? E-Scooter Regulations

An e-scooter or Personal Mobility Device (PMD) is a small, electrically powered vehicle that is designed to transport one person over short to medium distances. Bicycles, motorised scooters, motorised wheelchairs, and wheeled recreational devices are not a PMDs.

A device is a PMD if it is electrically powered and:

  • has at least one wheel
  • is less than 125cm long, 70cm wide and 135cm high
  • is less than 45kg
  • is not capable of travelling faster than 25km/h
  • is designed for use by one person.

A device that exceeds the PMD dimensions (125cm long, 70cm wide, 135 cm high or 45 kilograms in weight) or can go faster than 25km/h when powered by the motor on level ground, is a motor vehicle. A motor vehicle must not be driven on public streets if it is not registered.

frank pearce and peter edwards

Frank Pearce

Former Vice President, Frank Pearce, moved to Victoria earlier this year and so will not be in a position to attend our awards ceremony in November 22. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with Frank in Melbourne recently and present him with a Certificate of Appreciation, for his service to the Board of Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania during a period of significant change. A photograph of that occasion is included in this Bulletin so all members can share in recognising the value of Frank’s service.

Watch this space

Neighbours Every Day
As you receive this Bulletin, Relationships Australia will be announcing their year-long campaign of Neighbours Every Day (NED). The objective is to recognise and promote the importance of maintaining respectful relationships on every day of the year. Neighbourhood Watch is also about building good community relationships and looking out for each other – so it is only natural that we would want to embrace and support NED at every opportunity.

Traffic Policing – Road Deaths Tasmania

Our intelligence report this month provides an analysis of data relating to road deaths in our state. It is not easy reading to digest the serious state of affairs with road safety in Tasmania at the moment. The extract below is taken from the report to provide an indication of what the statistics are telling us about serious injuries and fatalities – and why the government and Tasmania Police are so concerned with driver behaviour and the impact crashes have on our communities.

The year-to-date (January 22 – August 22) data shows there have been 40 road deaths in Tasmania during this period, an increase of 60 per cent from the 25 deaths recorded for the same period last year (January 21 – August 21). The 60 per cent change recorded by Tasmania is the highest per cent change across all the states and is significantly higher than the national average change of 5.9 per cent. Read the full report under Research Reports at:

The Road Safety Advisory Council and the Motor Accident Insurance Board are supporting Tasmania Police with the Over is Over campaign. Inspector Gary Williams who has been appointed as the new State Road Safety Coordinator, has reinforced the known causes of serious and fatal crashes,
We talk about the fatal five: seatbelts, drink and drug driving, speeding, fatigue, and inattention, because it’s these things that cause people to die in crashes.

Crashes are rarely accidents, invariably the cause will be because someone did not obey a road rule!

Neighbourhood Watch Week/Bunnings Crime Prevention Week (The Week)

Neighbourhood Watch is very fortunate to have a national partnership with Bunnings to deliver our Neighbourhood Watch Week in conjunction with Bunnings Crime Prevention Week from 7 – 13 November 22. We call it The Week!

Please encourage your Coordinator to contact the Activities Coordinator at your local Bunnings Warehouse to see what opportunities are available for you during The Week. Bunnings have previously been very supportive in helping our groups set up an information stand, they often provide a prize for NHW to run a raffle in-store and if you are quick enough, they may be able to schedule you in to run a barbecue.

Please keep in mind that these are excellent opportunities to team up with other community organisations to run an event and build on your local neighbourhood connections. If you want more information, just send an email to

A Ready Reference from Crime Stoppers. Who do I report what to?

What do I do in an emergency?
If there is a life-threatening emergency or a crime happening now – Triple Zero (000).

What do I do if I am a victim of a crime?
Non-urgent matters or a crime has happened to you – 131 444 or your local police station.

I think I know something about a crime but don’t want to get involved?
If you have information about unsolved crime or suspicious activity, contact Crime Stoppers online or at 1800 333 000.

Where can I report cybercrime?
The use of computers or online networks to commit crimes such as fraud, online image abuse, identity theft or threats to intimidate should be reported to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Where can I report a scam?
Scams should be reported to Scamwatch which is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Where can I report online abuse?
Report cyberbullying, image-based and illegal or harmful content for children or adults to the Australian Government’s eSafety Commissioner.

Where can I report Centrelink or Medicare fraud?
Call the Australian Government Fraud Tip-off line 131 524 or report it to Centrelink or Medicare via the Services Australia website.

Help, I’ve had a traffic accident.
If you have had a minor traffic accident where you have swapped details, report online at Tasmania Police Traffic Crash Reporting.

Key Dates for 2022

5 October International Coffee with a Cop Day
18 October GOLW 10am St Thomas’ Church Hall, 3 Lorne Crescent Howrah
19 October GOLW 7.30am Memorial Hall, Sorell
19 October GOLW 12pm Online Access Centre, Lilydale
21 October GOLW 10am Bellerive Yacht Club, 64 Cambridge Road, Bellerive
22 October GOLW 10am Liv Eat, Glebe Hill Village, Howrah.
17-23 October Seniors Week
7 – 13 November Neighbourhood Watch Week/Bunnings Crime Prevention Week
19 November NHWT AGM and Awards Ceremony at Country Club, Launceston

And in Conclusion

  • Encourage all your members and friends to join NHWT online at as this is how you register as an individual member – and there is no cost.
  • It’s a fact that going 5km/h over in a 60km/h zone doubles your risk of having a crash!!
peter edwards

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

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