Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (22:15:09): I recognise the contributions of our community Neighbourhood Watch groups and thank them for their efforts to make Maitland an even better place to live, work and play. Neighbourhood Watch groups are community led but work in partnership with the NSW Police Force. While they can play a very important role in preventing crime and increasing safety and security, they aim to improve the quality of life for everyone.

I particularly recognise our groups at Aberglasslyn, Rutherford, Metford, Telarah, Thornton, Chisholm, Heritage Parc, and Gillieston.

I thank the New South Wales police in Maitland, who have been doing an amazing job with outreach. I was at one of its pop-up shops at Morpeth the other week and it was good to see the engagement by our local police with the community and the opportunity they took to hear from members of the local community about their issues.