FRIENDS OF MOUNT COLAH

Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice -

SU­SAN LOW, FOMC SEC­RE­TARY KEEP­ING MT COLAH SAFE

As I drive to work in the morn­ings, I like to ob­serve the day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties of peo­ple around me. I see com­muters hold­ing their cups of cof­fee whilst wait­ing for the bus, school chil­dren run­ning to keep up with their friends and con­struc­tion work­ers build­ing apart­ments along the high­way.

I’ve been work­ing in Mt Colah for nearly ten years now and there’ve been so many changes in the area - new faces that now call Mt Colah home and new busi­ness own­ers mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to our lo­cal shop precinct.

A mem­ber of the Friends of Mount Colah group men­tioned he re­cently had to contact Hornsby Po­lice to re­port a lo­cal crime. He was con­cerned about the safety in our lo­cal com­mu­nity. It made me think about Mt Colah and safety is­sues. How do we keep our com­mu­nity safer? What prac­ti­cal tips can we all use? Here’s some use­ful tips I thought of...what are yours? Know your neigh­bours: if you’re just go­ing to work or even on hol­i­days, know­ing your neigh­bours pro­vides an ex­tra pair of eyes on your home. Close your blinds/win­dows at night: the sim­ple act of clos­ing blinds/win­dows at night can stop peo­ple see­ing your house and its con­tents. Im­prove your light­ing: ad­e­quate out­door light­ing can be a ben­e­fi­cial de­ter­rent to po­ten­tial in­trud­ers. Know your lo­cal po­lice: Hornsby Po­lice are al­ways avail­able to help us at any time of the day. Please feel free to contact them with any ques­tions or con­cerns. A stronger more con­nected com­mu­nity leads to a safer com­mu­nity – good neigh­bours will look out for you and your fam­ily. Do you have an el­derly neigh­bour or some­one liv­ing on their own who would some­times need some help? Per­haps you could go over and say hello and start up a conversation? Maybe have a cup of tea with them or or­gan­ise a lo­cal out­door ac­tiv­ity? A safer com­mu­nity starts with you.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about any­thing re­lated to our Mt Colah com­mu­nity or for more in­for­ma­tion about FOMC, at­tend one of our meet­ings, visit our Face­book page or send us an email: friends.of.mt­co­lah@gmail.com.

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