Some of our most hardworking and kind-hearted Gold Coasters have been recognised in the city’s Safer Suburbs Awards.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the biennial awards were important to celebrate the work of local people creating a more caring and connected city.
“The awards highlight the incredible work within our community to make the Gold Coast the safest place to live, work, play and raise a family,” he said.
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The 2017 Safer Suburbs Awards winners include: The not-for-profit Gold Coast Community Centre for providing free legal advice to those who need assistance with legal matters.
Acting Sergeant Tracey Clouston claimed the individual category. Ms Clouston is Secretary for the Crime Stoppers Coolangatta-Tweed Division and has worked with PCYC to create a homeless youth crisis centre network including successfully obtaining a grant for young people to attend free fitness classes.
Men of Business took home the business category for assisting around 1000 ‘at risk’ coast young men through an eight-week mentoring program over the last six years. The program assists men to learn, trust, communicate and deal with emotions and anger management and navigate through their journey to adulthood.
Save 2017 won the project category. The project recently culminated in an event for 250 students from three local schools, learning about safety including on the roads, the beaches and in natural disasters.
The last award – the ‘Meritorious Award’ was given to Mr Allan Howard for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the Gold Coast District Neighbourhood watch program.
Mr Howard has been integral in promoting important safety messages through a number of initiatives including Fraud and Cyber Crime Forums and a Disaster Survival Forum. He participated in the City of Gold Coast’s Volunteer Graffiti Removal Program and Youth Justice conferences.
Congratulations to all of the worthy winners from all of us here at myGC!