Deb will fight for Neighbourhood Watch in Kilcoy and Esk

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says townships like Esk and Kilcoy will be the ones that will feel the impact of the Palaszczuk Government’s massive 85 per cent funding cut for Neighbourhood Watch.

Mrs Frecklington said she was appalled that funding for the state’s 400 Neighbourhood Watch groups has been slashed from $500,000 a year to just $75,000.

“In regional communities, we need a funding boost for crime prevention, not savage cuts like we’re seeing with this Labor Government,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“I just can’t believe the Palaszczuk Government would target groups like Neighbourhood Watch for spending cuts.

“Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are a vital link between police and communities and we have several successful groups around the Somerset including Somerset Dam, Moore, Kilcoy, Esk and Lake Wivenhoe.

“We need to boost community involvement in crime prevention, not destroy it," Deb said.

Deb recently met with Darren Buckley, a Neighbourhood Watch Area Coordinator in the township of Murgon in the South Burnett and he agreed the funding cuts are very concerning.

“I’ve been involved with Neighbourhood Watch for about 15 years. It’s disappointing to see funding cuts, especially in Neighbourhood Watch’s 30th year, when we should be celebrating our many achievements,” he said.

Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, with Darren Buckley of Murgon Neighbourhood Watch

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