City applauds community safety support

8 October 2015

The valuable contribution made by the Gold Coast’s outstanding individuals and organisations, working tirelessly to create a safe, connected community received some much earned kudos today.

The City’s biennial Safer Suburbs Awards were presented to the city’s most outstanding individuals and organisations, in an official ceremony held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.

Mayor Tom Tate said it was important to celebrate the work of others who are creating a more connected city.

“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,” he said.

The 2015 Safer Suburbs Awards 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.

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 messages with the community via social media, printed information sheets, newsletters, a blog and email updates.

Business Category – Cross Cultural Liaison Unit, Gold Coast Police District

The Gold Coast Police District Cross Cultural Liaison Unit was established in 2014 to enhance safety awareness for the multicultural community. This includes ‘Safety Information Sessions’ to more than 2,800 international students and building relationships between police and refugees through sporting activities. They work 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 who learned from experts in technology, criminology and scam identification.

Meritorious Award – Let’s Support You Support Your Community – DV Awareness Training

Domestic Violence is a key concern on the Gold Coast, with Southport Magistrates Court the busiest in Queensland. Culturally and linguistically diverse women (CALD) are not exempt from this statistic. The Queensland Police Service is working with CALD community leaders to develop and deliver domestic violence awareness training for their respective communities. 

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