Turnout good for patrol meeting
A public meeting seeking interest in the establishment of a Matamata community patrol was very successful.
The need for a patrol was identified by the Matamata Public Relations Association and a ‘‘very positive’’ meeting was held on October 22.
PRA chairman Mike Buckman said the association were grateful for the level of support shown by the community in the idea.
PRA manager Sue Whiting said the meeting was extremely well attended by both the public, the police and representatives from the community patrol organisation.
A total of 30 people put their hand up to volunteer for the patrol which she said was ‘‘a great start’’.
‘‘I do believe there are more people out there who are looking to volunteer.’’
Sue said the number of volunteers the group has means that they will soon be able to clarify exactly how many hours the patrol would initially be able to undertake.
‘‘At this stage they’re looking at Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm-2am.’’
This will all be confirmed once a Matamata community patrol committee has been formed.
This is the next step, along with completing police checks on those who volunteered.
It is then hoped to get the patrol up and running as soon as possible.
‘‘We want to keep up the momentum and obviously, the more volunteers we have the lighter the load for everyone involved.
‘‘The more volunteers we have the more nights we can do and possibly during the day time,’’ Sue said.
The patrol will also need to find a car and sponsorship.
‘‘But I have great faith that we will be able to pull this together quite quickly and get ourselves up and running,’’ Sue said.