Page 818 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 March 2005

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MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, Mrs Dunne! I do not believe Mr Gentleman is required to explain what he proposes to do.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Neighbourhood Watch—Isaacs

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (5.10): I move:

That the Assembly:

(1) recognises the important work of the Isaacs Neighbourhood Watch and commends them on their achievements during their first year of operation; and

(2) notes the efforts of committee members for their efforts, (a) Deborah Todd (Area Coordinator), (b) Lorrie Daley (Secretary), (c) Margaret Weir (Public Relations), (d) Dianna Marshall (Treasurer), (e) Wal Hick (General Committee Member), (f) Jane Hick (General Committee Member), (g) Nevill Howarth (Committee Member and News Distributor) and (h) Anne Huffam (Committee Member).

As members would be aware, Neighbourhood Watch committees are formed so that members of the community can live within their neighbourhoods comfortably and securely and take encouragement from the fact that others are working to be vigilant in relation to break-ins and various crimes in the neighbourhood. I think the fact that, in the last election campaign, both major political parties made commitments in relation to the Neighbourhood Watch program, albeit at varying levels, is indicative of the fact that it was seen as an important group to whom we ought to apply our attention. Whilst we would like to see greater support applied to those groups, there is no doubt that everybody is of the view that they work very well in many parts of Canberra to assist in ensuring that we live relatively safe lives.

Members of these groups unite and accept a personal and social responsibility in the promotion of a sense of wellbeing, safety and security for residents through reducing both personal and property crime. Within their first year of operation, the Isaacs Neighbourhood Watch committee has been very active and, to their credit, they have successfully achieved numerous results. These results act as preventative measures and also solve problems related to the safekeeping and protection of Isaacs and other suburban communities that surround Isaacs. Their very active committee meets once a month. In addition, they regularly participate in the activities organised by the ACT Neighbourhood Watch committee.

The Isaacs committee is made up of various elected officials. I will mention them for the benefit of the Assembly. The members of that committee and their specific roles within the team are as follows. Deborah Todd is the area coordinator, probably known to a number of members of the Assembly. Lorrie Daley is the secretary. Margaret Weir handles public relations. Dianna Marshall is the treasurer. Wal Hick is a general committee member. Jane Hick is also on the committee. Nevill Howarth is on the committee and is also responsible for distributing their news to residents of the area. Anne Huffam is also on the committee.

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