ON WATCH: Nanango's Neighbourhood Watch are encouraging the public to attend to their monthly meetings. Contributed
ON WATCH: Nanango's Neighbourhood Watch are encouraging the public to attend to their monthly meetings. Contributed Contributed

Nanango watchdog to close

AFTER 24 years, a group that has acted as the watchdog for the Nanango district is on the brink of closing, amid dwindling numbers and a lack of community interest.

Nanango and District Neighbourhood Watch started in 1992, when 26 members joined together in a bid to protect their neighbours and community.

Since then, the group has not only become a social outlet for members but the eyes and ears of the town, intent on building a stronger, safer community.

But today, only six people attend the group meetings.

Secretary Anne Suter said the group would meet for the last time on August 14, unless a significant number of community members showed interest.

"We've really found that since the internet has come around, people tend not to be interested in showing up," Mrs Suter said.

"That and being time poor and it's sad to see."

Mrs Suter said there had been a lot of time spent to promote the group to no avail.

"It's heartbreaking to see all those years and that much work put into something for it to go down the drain," she said.

"It's been running for a long time and is a vital asset for this town and I think would be a shame to see it close down.

"Within this group, you know you're safe, you know people are trying to protect you. We have looked out for so much in this community."

The group will hold its last meeting on August 14 at the Nanango Cultural Centre from 7.30pm.

For more information, phone Anne on 0430 323 154.