Safer Suburbs Awards
Nominees and winners in the City's 2013 Safer Suburbs Awards were honoured at a formal presentation ceremony held on 6 November. The ceremony, held at the Arts Centre Gold Coast, was hosted by Mayor Tom Tate and Acting Assistant Commissioner South Eastern Police Region, Stephen Hollands, The biennial awards recognise those working to make our city safer.
There are four categories in the awards:
- Not-for-profit group
A Meritorious Award was also presented to an outstanding nominee.
All nominees and winners were invited to the stage to receive certificates and Harvey Norman vouchers presented by the Mayor and Mr Hollands.
The 2013 Safer Suburbs Award winners are:
Individual category - Jean Greatbanks
Jean has been instrumental in leading projects that improve community safety. She volunteers her time to work with the Gold Coast Volunteers In Policing (VIP) and the Runaway Bay 3 Neighbourhood Watch group. During her 10 years as a VIP, Jean has introduced the Homelink program, acted as seniors’ liaison, coordinated many community events and organised training sessions for other VIPs.
Project category - Helping Youth At Risk (HYAR)
This is an early intervention program run by the Ashmore PCYC for young people. The program is available for young people who have disengaged from the education system and may be at risk of anti-social behaviour or crime. Since its implementation in February 2012 the program has supported over 200 young people to assist them to re-engage in school while feeling capable, responsible and motivated. There has been a dramatic improvement in the behaviour of participants in the program.
Not-for-profit group category - Burleigh Heads Police Community Consultative Committee (CCC)
The Burleigh Heads CCC formed in 2009 in response to community concerns about crime in the area. The Committee has contributed positively to many collaborative initiatives between the Queensland Police Service and the local community. The work of the committee has been highly valuable in bonding the community, police and local groups, and undertaking meaningful crime reduction activities.
Business category - Gold Coast Suns
The Horizons Program run by the Gold Coast Suns focuses on three activity areas of social responsibility and involves a range of projects and activities that improve community safety. Youth homelessness and domestic violence awareness are key priorities. The Gold Coast Suns program has also focused on the rapidly expanding northern region of the city, partnering with service providers and raising funds through projects and events such as the White Christmas Charity Event and Coomera Family Fun Day.
Meritorious Award - Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care (SPACC)
Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care has been in operation for 32 years at St John's Anglican Church in Surfers Paradise. Through the Drop In Centre, 524,772 free meals have been served to vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless clients. Food vouchers, groceries, bus fares, clothing and blankets, showers, toilets and laundry facilities have also been provided. The service’s ‘Chat and Chew’ evening provides clients with an opportunity to come into the centre for a healthy meal and social activities.
For more information
Safe and Liveable Communities Branch
Telephone: 07 5581 6603
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