Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch looks for members to survive

MEMBERS: Members of the Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch at their April meeting. Names listed in story.
MEMBERS: Members of the Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch at their April meeting. Names listed in story.

The Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch is looking for new volunteers to join the group to ensure its future.

The group has 12 active members but is looking for new members and will consider closing if it cannot attract new members in the next two months.

Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch began in 1987 in Kirton Point and spread into different areas but in recent years it has gone back to just one group.

Area coordinator Adele Whittaker said the group could choose to close unless more volunteers join before the group’s next meeting in June.

“In the near future there won’t even be one if we don’t get new members by June,” she said.

“Members are getting older and we hope to see younger people get involved.”

The Neighbourhood Watch aims to promote community safety and reduce crime and fear of crime in the community by facilitating member participation.

The group communicates with and supports police and assists community members by providing resources such as credit card sleeves, personal alarms and door shields.

The Port Lincoln Neighbourhood Watch group meets once every two months at the Kirton Bowling Club.

Miss Whittaker said the group was there to support police, who could not be everywhere, but they reported any crimes or “wrongdoing” to the police wherever possible.

“For those concerned about safety in the Port Lincoln community, they can do their part as a Neighbourhood Watch member,” she said.

Miss Whittaker said the group was fortunate to have Member for Flinders Peter Treloar as a member but understood he was unable to attend many meetings due to his political duties.

The group’s next meeting will be at the Kirton Point Bowling Club on June 5, starting at 7.30pm. 

Anyone interested in attending or joining Neighbourhood Watch can contact Miss Whittaker on 0401 287 959.

Pictured are (back): Kevin Johnson, Mary Whittaker, Neil Kerley, Mel Mortimer, Adele Whittaker; front: Jean Kerley, Dalys Mortimer and John Boardman. Absent are Barbara Mullan, Heather Nettle, Wes Smits and Peter Treloar.