Mayor Keneally attends Police Rotary Awards

Published on 11 April 2013

Police Rotary Awards

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional people of the land on which we meet, the Bidegal and Gadigal people who traditionally occupied the Sydney Coast and to pay my respects to Aboriginal Elders, both past and present

I would also acknowledge distinguished guests here tonight and some of the key groups and individuals who help make our community such a wonderful place to live.

It is important that we as Councils work with the NSW Police, as well as community groups such as Rotary and the media to give to our residents a peaceful, harmonious and safe place in which to live and work.

At the City of Botany Bay we are proud of the close working relationship we have with the men and women of the Botany Bay Local Area Command. The people of our city are grateful for the work that our Police Officers do - every day - to keep us safe.

We are grateful to our Police not only for keeping our streets safe - - but for the day to day community policing which is so important to our residents. 

  • Helping council with matters such as grafitti and illegal dumping. 
  • Working with our youth officers and the PCYC to deliver targeted programs that will reduce crime by – and against – young people.

Our police command has some great local initiatives including those designed to reach out to local youth like the Police vs Students Cricket Match and the rock-climbing event in Hillsdale that I attended earlier this week.

These are important initiatives. Often the youth in our society are overlooked or misunderstood. Our police force work with these kids to assist them to take the right path in their lives.  This is particularly important in areas where families may be at more of a disadvantage in our area. 

The Botany Bay Command is one that is intimately familiar with our City. When I talk to residents and local business owners about law and order matters - they often mention how grateful they are for the presence of the brave women and men in blue visiting local business, at community events and walking the beat.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the great work of our local Rotary Clubs in our community.

Without Rotary we would not have an event such as this tonight. Tonight is an opportunity to thank the members of the hard-working NSW Police Force and recognise those outstanding officers in our local area.

But it is the other work done by Rotary and their members.

Botany Rotary has recently been fundraising on behalf of the Starlight Foundation. The Starlight Foundation aim to make sick children’s wishes come true. Recently Botany Rotary sponsored a girl whose dream was to dance the Opera House Stage – she got her wish.

Working in partnership with Prince of Wales Hospital, Botany Rotary provides public health lectures on important topics such as first aid and heart attack symptoms. These lectures are provided free to the public.

I would also like to speak of the Kingsford Markets, run each year by the Randwick and Maroubra Rotary Clubs. This year Rotary International provided sixteen television sets for Ronald McDonald House at the Prince of Wales Children’s Hospital. Rotary are working towards replacing the telephone sets to help the patients at Ronald McDonald House keep in touch with their loved ones.

In is important here to acknowledge the work of the media and especially the Southern Courier and its Street Watch column.

Street Watch is a great community policing tool which allows for the distribution of important information to the public such as warnings about local trends in crime. The column also contains some great advice about improving personal safety.

As Mayor of the City of Botany Bay, my vision for our City is of a cohesive and well-connected community, where all people feel they belong.  Working together with the NSW Police and community organisations such as Rotary and our local media this can be achieved.

I commend all the Police Officers here this evening, especially those of you who have been nominated for your outstanding service to the community.  I wish you all – the very best of luck.