Neigh­bour­hood loss feared

No­body has stepped up to keep an eye on Woodgate

Isis Town and Country - - News | Welcome - El­iza Goetze El­iza.Goetze@news-mail.com.au

ARE the days of look­ing out for your neigh­bour num­bered?

Woodgate res­i­dents fear an im­por­tant safety link for the com­mu­nity could soon be gone as after 22 years of op­er­a­tion, the Woodgate Beach Neigh­bour­hood Watch has been un­able to form a new com­mit­tee for the 2016-2017 year.

Sec­re­tary trea­surer John Trevor said the group could wind up, if no one steps up.

“We’re all start­ing to get a bit old and want­ing to do other things, but no­body seems to be com­ing through; there’s not the same en­thu­si­asm,” John said.

With no po­lice sta­tion at Woodgate, the Neigh­bour­hood Watch pro­vides a link be­tween the com­mu­nity and the cops.

“We’re the feet on the ground down here – the eyes and ears for the lo­cal po­lice.

“You try to keep in­volved with your neigh­bours and keep an eye on the place, for crime and well­be­ing.”

Childers Po­lice Sergeant Ge­off Fay said the group had pro­vided “a very valu­able ser­vice” to po­lice and the com­mu­nity.

“It is dif­fi­cult to cal­cu­late how much an ac­tive NW com­mit­tee con­trib­utes to a com­mu­nity,” Sgt Fay said.

“But I have no doubt the pres­ence of the NW in Woodgate and the ac­tions of its mem­bers, their friends, fam­ily and as­so­ci­ates have contributed to the low crime rate and mak­ing Woodgate Beach one of the safest beach side com­mu­ni­ties in the state.”

From van­dal­ism – a pri­or­ity given the num­ber of holiday houses in the area – to dan­ger­ous driv­ing, it is a way for lo­cals to voice com­plaints and make sure vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers in the com­mu­nity are looked after.

John said the as­so­ci­a­tion had been “slowly wither­ing away” for the last few years.

Ev­ery­one thinks that some­body else will do it... we’re the eyes and the ears for the po­lice

“For the last twelve months we’ve been telling ev­ery­one that lis­tens that this will be it if no­body steps for­ward to take it over.”

A Spe­cial Gen­eral Meet­ing this Satur­day is the last chance for some­one to take on the duty.

The work­load is not much, John said.

“I look after the newslet­ter and tak­ing min­utes of meet­ings.

“It’s prob­a­bly an hour or two a month.”

With­out a com­mit­tee, “the town will lose that ex­tra set of eyes”.

PHOTO: EL­IZA GOETZE

LAST CHANCE: Woodgate Beach Neigh­bour­hood Watch sec­re­tary trea­surer John Trevor and deputy area co­or­di­na­tor Menno Miedema are urg­ing their neigh­bours to take up the man­tle.

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