Com­mu­nity pa­trol inches closer for Mata­mata

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The rub­ber is get­ting closer to hit­ting the road where the Mata­mata com­mu­nity pa­trol is con­cerned.

At a re­cent Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion board meet­ing, mem­bers agreed to give $10,000 to­wards the pur­chase of a ded­i­cated pa­trol ve­hi­cle and 12 months’ ve­hi­cle in­sur­ance.

PRA man­ager Sue Whit­ing said the PRA is to­tally com­mit­ted to the project.

‘‘We be­lieve that the com­mu­nity pa­trols will sup­port the safety of our town – CBD busi­nesses and res­i­den­tial ar­eas alike.’’

Sue noted those busi­nesses which have paid the 2015/2016 PRA sub­scrip­tion are the real he­roes in this project, as it was sub­scrip­tion in­come which al­lowed the PRA to of­fer the money to the com­mu­nity pa­trol group.

‘‘We have a very gen­er­ous com­mu­nity and I have great faith that oth­ers will help top up fund­ing re­quired for a small four­wheel drive ve­hi­cle,’’ Sue said.

‘‘Those busi­nesses which sup­port the com­mu­nity pa­trol will have their names sign-writ­ten on the car.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge those that sup­port our town.’’

PRA chair Mike Buck­man has asked Brian Hunter to head the com­mu­nity pa­trols’ steer­ing group.

‘‘Brian is the ideal per­son to lead the group be­cause of his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade and as a di­rec­tor for many years of his own suc­cess­ful busi­ness,’’ Mike said.

Brian said com­mu­nity re­sponse to the night-time pa­trols has been ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing and that any move to make the Mata­mata com­mu­nity safer is wor­thy of wide­spread sup­port.

The steer­ing com­mit­tee will be meet­ing to dis­cuss the es­tab­lish­ment re­quire­ments and start the vol­un­teer vet­ting process and train­ing.

‘‘All things be­ing equal, we hope to see the com­mu­nity pa­trols up and run­ning soon,’’ Brian said.

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