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Botanical now a Neighbourhood Watch community

In August, Botanical became a partner of Neighbourhood Watch, the organisation that has been encouraging community members to look out for each other for nearly four decades.

Neighbourhood Watch was first piloted in Victoria in 1983 as a crime prevention initiative. It’s expanded to become a program that connects neighbourhoods, concentrating not just on safety and security, but on community health and the environment.

Satterley’s General Manager for Victoria and Queensland, Jack Hoffmann says joining Neighbourhood Watch has numerous advantages.

“Neighbourhood Watch understands that when residents of an estate like Botanical work together and think of themselves as part of a connected neighbourhood network, the community becomes stronger."

“Like Satterley, they have a lot of experience working with new suburban communities and they concentrate on making these communities safe and inclusive. You might associate Neighbourhood Watch with theft prevention – and that’s an important part of its work – but this is as much about building harmony and respect across our community as it is about crime alone.”

Jack says partnering with Neighbourhood Watch at this time will help Botanical develop from a great residential project into a flourishing community.

“Botanical is a relatively young community – it’s less than a year since our first residents moved in – and we think now is the perfect time to further encourage residents to watch out for one another."

“We want people to think of themselves as more than community members, but as active participants who contribute to and develop their community with the help and support of their neighbours.”

As part of their Building Community Together program, Neighbourhood Watch offers a variety of information sessions and community-based events, as well as safety and security material. Recently, the program has launched free webinars offering advice on simple actions you can take to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

Registrations for the webinars are essential, and you can sign up by visiting the Neighbourhood Watch website.

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