Narrandera’s Neighbourhood Watch Group is geared up and ready to go, with a freshly-minted committee to steer the group through its first months.
“The app is up and running, and the official Narrandera Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group will be up in the next few days,” a spokesperson from the Narrandera Neighbourhood Watch Committee said.
The app is the official NHW app, designed to make a digital space for people to share information about incidents in their area. The app is built to be quite similar to an instant messaging app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, but centred around map technology so that people in the same areas can join the group. Applications for a new group take two days to be approved.
Aware that not all elements of the community are not plugged in to social media, the com-mittee is hoping to reach out to everyone.
“On Sunday there will be an information day after the raffle at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club. The idea is that more information can be given to the community. They can take leaflets about what we are trying to achieve.”
While members of the committee will be there to answer any questions, the information day will not operate like a committee meeting.
“With Neighbourhood Watch, the first outcome of a community meeting is to establish that a Neighbourhood Watch group is wanted in a community. That was a plain as day, so we only had to address that briefly.
“The second outcome of that meeting is to establish a committee. There is an interim four-month committee at this point in time.
“We’re here to get the group through the first four months, and then we’ll have another meeting and if other people want to come on board we’ll vote for a new committee,” the spokesperson said.
Members of the newly-formed Narrandera Neighbourhood Watch Committee will be at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club between 1.30pm and 2pm to answer any questions members of the community may have about the committee’s operations. For more information contact 0427 243 467.