Sunday, 09 August 2020

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Mercury Bay Community Patrol extends coverage

A contribution by Bill McLean, president of the Mercury Bay Community Patrol

At the Mercury Bay Community Patrol (MBCP) AGM that was held on Wednesday last week, our members were advised of the establishment of a community patrol in Matarangi. Over the last two months, Gary Sarginson, the MBCP secretary/treasurer, and I have been working with various groups in Matarangi to set up the patrol.

The concept was initiated by Mark and Shirvani Hall of Beach Realty, and they should be congratulated for obtaining support for the project from several of the local community organisations.

Mark, Shirvani and others supported the concept of being integrated with the MBCP, rather than acting independently, and encouraged a significant number of Matarangi residents to join the MBCP as patrollers.

An appropriate vehicle has also been secured, made possible through sizeable financial contributions from Beach Realty, the Matarangi Ratepayers Association, the Matarangi Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Matarangi Community Trust. Ownership of the vehicle has been transferred to the MBCP and we will manage the future running costs of the vehicle.

Already 11 Matarangi applications for membership of the MBCP have been approved by the Police and more are in the pipeline. Induction and training sessions for the new members will be held shortly.

It is important that a member from Matarangi joins the MBCP committee and work in that regard is in progress. We also would like the new team to function relatively independently by appointing their own roster officer and a training officer. We will provide assistance to the people putting their hands up to undertake those roles.

Prior to the establishment of a community patrol in Matarangi, we provided regular community patrol coverage in Whitianga and the Mercury Bay South Area (from Ferry Landing to Whenuakite). With a Matarangi patrol becoming part of the MBCP, we are now able to cover all of the Mercury Bay Ward area of Thames-Coromandel District Council (from Whangapoua in the north to Hot Water Beach in the south).

Did you know that there are 170 community patrols in New Zealand and around 5,000 patrollers? With the support and interest from the residents of Matarangi, make that around 5,011 patrollers.

Pictured: Mark and Shirvani Hall of Beach Realty in Matarangi with the Matarangi-based vehicle of the Mercury Bay Community Patrol.

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