Neighbourhood Watch Award

By Neil Wilson

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There is little doubt that when residents within a community make a point of being constantly vigilant towards any suspicious behaviour, it becomes a great deal more difficult for anyone with criminal intentions to be successful in their efforts and, in the Bellara area, those who form the local Neighbourhood Watch group should be proud of their efforts and also be recognised for their commitment to preventing crime.

With this in mind, it is also important that the members of this organisation should be appropriately rewarded for their dedication and in a small ceremony at the Bribie Island Hotel last month which was attended by Bribie Island Police Station OIC, Senior Sergeant David Crawford Raby, District Superintendent Inspector Jeffries, Division One Councillor Brooke Savige and members of Neighbourhood Watch, Bellara Neighbourhood Watch member Eddie Ryan was presented with the Gold Award, the highest possible recognition within Neighbourhood Watch.

A member since 2001 when founding member Leo Barraclough encouraged him to join, Eddie has in the past served on the committee and held the role of Area Co-ordinator. Current Area Co-ordinator Stacey Olson told me that although Eddie is no longer on the committee, he remains a valued member of the organisation and constantly promotes the profile of Neighbourhood Watch through his ongoing commitment to Bellara.

‘To qualify for the Gold Award, a member has to be nominated and has to have previously been awarded both the Bronze and the Silver Awards,’ Stacey explained.

‘Eddie has achieved all of those and he truly deserves this honour,’ she added. Without dedicated citizens such as Eddie Ryan, our community would not be the wonderful environment that we know it to be. Congratulations Eddie.

Featured image: Eddie Ryan (C) with Senior Sergeant David Crawford Raby and Bellara Neighbourhood founding member, Leo Barraclough

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