Young people warned to join Neighbourhood Watch

YOUNG people are being called on to get more involved with their local Neighbourhood Watch or risk losing such schemes all together.

The call comes in the wake of Buderim Central Neighbourhood Watch's David Ewington standing down as secretary, treasurer and newsletter editor after 15 years.

Mr Ewington and his wife Lyn are moving to Brisbane to be closer to family.

Area co-ordinator Mary McGinness paid tribute to his years of hard work.

"David will be a huge loss to our Watch as he's been so involved over the years," she said. "He's just an amazing person who's given a lot of time with his three jobs for the Watch."

Ms McGinness said since Neighbourhood Watch started in Buderim Central in 1994, the numbers attending meetings had dropped from 35-40 people to them being lucky to see eight to 10.

Mr Ewington also lamented the lack of numbers.

"I've been the kingpin (of the Buderim Cental Watch) I suppose, but I think they'll be all right with me gone," he said.

"It's been very rewarding, so I'd say anyone wanting to get involved in a community organisation should look at Neighbourhood Watch. You can put your heart and soul into trying to make your community a safe and happy environment."

Mr Ewington said the Watch - an organised group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention on a local level - had helped abate instances of crime in Buderim over the years.

"We helped get a police beat in Buderim and promote people to live in a safe environment, so I hope we've played a large part in helping reduce crime," he said.

He said the Watch was moving with the times to attract younger members, including posting an online blog and starting a Facebook page.

"I have limited knowledge of social media so hopefully with new members we'd find a younger person who could help it thrive," he said.

Mr Ewington insisted that Neighbourhood Watch was as relevant today as it had always been to promote a safe community.

Interested parties can visit http://www.nhwq.org for details about their local Watch.


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