Safer Suburbs Awards
The city's most outstanding individuals and organisations, working tirelessly to create a safe and connected community, were acknowledged at the City's biennial Safer Suburbs Award ceremony on 8 October.
Mayor Tom Tate said, "The awards highlight the collaboration and determination within our community to make the Gold Coast the safest place to live, work, play and raise a family".
There were four award categories:
A Meritorious Award was also presented to an outstanding nominee in any category.
All nominees and winners were presented with certificates by the Mayor and Assistant Commissioner South Eastern Police Region, Brian Codd.
The 2015 Safer Suburbs Award winners are:
Not for Profit category - Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better Program
The Southern Gold Coast 60 & Better Program commenced in 1994 under the auspice of the Palm Beach Currumbin Lions Club. The organisation's motto, 'Keeping Active and Staying Connected', informs its core vision and objective of identifying and developing ways to help seniors improve their quality of life, including community safety.
Individual category - Roberta Cava
Roberta Cava was the driving force behind the establishment of Crime Stoppers Northern Gold Coast Volunteer Area Committee which covers Nerang, Pacific Pines, Coomera, Upper Coomera and Runaway Bay. The Committee was founded in response to an increasing population. Roberta has partnered with local businesses to obtain much needed resources and equipment for use at local events. Roberta shares important safety messaging with the community via social media, newsletters, and email updates.
Business category - Cross Cultural Liaison Unit, Gold Coast Police District
The Cross Cultural Liaison Unit was established in 2014 to enhance safety awareness for the multicultural community. This includes 'Safety Information Sessions' to more than 2800 international students and building relationships between police and young refugees through sporting activities. The Unit works with government and non-government services across the city.
Project category - Cyber Crime and Fraud Forum,
Gold Coast District Neighbourhood Watch
Gold Coast District Neighbourhood Watch was established to provide leadership and stewardship to more than 50 Neighbourhood Watch groups. One of their priorities is to teach elderly residents to better understand how evolving technology might threaten their personal security. The group hosted a free Cyber Crime and Fraud Forum for 100 residents with presentations from experts in technology, criminology and scam identification.
Meritorious Award - Let's Support You Support Your Community -
Domestic Violence Awareness Training
Domestic violence is a key concern on the Gold Coast, with Southport Magistrates Court the busiest in Queensland. The Queensland Police Service is working with culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders to develop and deliver domestic violence awareness training for their respective communities. A number of key partners are involved in the initiative: Gold Coast Police District, Cross Cultural Liaison Unit; Domestic Violence Prevention Centre; Relationships Australia; Department of Social Services; Department of Human Services; Multicultural Families Organisation; Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast; and The Migrant Centre.
For more information contact:
Safe and Liveable Communities Branch
Telephone: 07 5581 6642