BUDERIM'S SAFEST: Andrew McKenna and Senior Constable Jeremy Spencer accepted the award on behalf of the North Buderim Neighbourhood Watch.
BUDERIM'S SAFEST: Andrew McKenna and Senior Constable Jeremy Spencer accepted the award on behalf of the North Buderim Neighbourhood Watch. Melanie Keyte

Rewarding Buderim's safest

BEFORE the North Buderim Neighbourhood Watch got their way, fishing out your set of misplaced keys in the police lost and found was like a needle in a haystack.

Over the past 12 months, the group developed a keychain which could hold your driver's licence number, meaning lost keys could be matched quickly and easily with their owner's car records if handed in to a Queensland police office.

It's an achievement which has earned them the 2016 Buderim Safe Awards, which was accepted by Andrew McKenna and Senior Constable Jeremy Spencer last Tuesday on behalf of the organisation.

Mr McKenna said it's been a very energetic year for the group, who managed to give away 350 of their new keychains to community members.

Buderim Safe chair Brian McBride said of the seven groups, including Fusion and the Buderim Lions, choosing a single winner of the award was difficult, but the Neighbourhood Watch keychain made the group stand out.

"They're just a great example of a strong community group achieving excellent results,” he said.

The Pine Street Group also received an honourable mention award for their work in representing community safety and traffic concerns over the Pine Street access point for a planned retirement village on Burnett Street.

Division seven councillor Ted Hungerford, who presented the award, said it was amazing for such a small collection of people to make change in the community.

"A lot of the time, they go unknown and unrecognised, which is a great shame,” he said.

"So it's good to get some recognition for these people and these groups.”


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