4 Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch It has been memorable start to the year given the tornado that barrelled through last month and record rain falls. Further disruptive weather can be expected according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Firees, who attended our last meeting, have warned that El Niño may still lead to periods of exceptionally hot weather when our district will be at greater risk of fires. Tall grass and dead wood from the tornado add to the risk. Please ensure that your property is protected, cut back and remove flammable vegetation and detritus from storms to a safe area away from your property. Always ensure there is easy access to your property for the Firees. In addition, we need to consider those in our neighbourhood who are more vulnerable. Reaction to the tornado demonstrated the excellent work from volunteers, ensuring the more vulnerable are safe and cared for. It is useful to maintain contact numbers for those in your street who may need assistance if adverse conditions arise. We all need to maintain a ‘survival-kit’ in this challenging period. A further fire hazard arises from recharging lithium-ion batteries. Extensive damage to property has occurred in the past year. Those at most risk are young adults, tradespeople, and families with older teens. Warnings include never charging in direct sunlight, avoid charging on flammable surfaces, avoid over-charging, and when leaving home always switch off all charging devices. Great news that the QPS have launched an active stolen vehicle public portal allowing the public to play a crucial role in assisting police in tracking down car thieves; dozens of stolen cars can be viewed on the website. Click on www.police.qld.gov. au/stolen-vehicles for more information. This initiative will assist the police in locating stolen vehicles; an important step in returning property to victims and holding perps accountable. Information online includes the make, model, colour, registration number and suburb from which the vehicle was stolen. A search function enables you to identify the registration and confirm if a suspicious vehicle has been stolen. QPS are keen to empower our community and hope to benefit from our continued vigilance. The public can interface with QPS at a number of levels. For areas of concern contact Policelink using the online suspicious activity form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting, or call 131 444. Alternatively report crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers either on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au. As always, a serious threat should be reported by calling Triple Zero (000). Cybercrime remains an increasing problem. Please remember that if you experience a scam, report it to the ACCC via Scamwatch – visit www. scamwatch.gov.au. We were reminded of the opportunistic youth in action seeking out those less vigilant and forgetting the ‘lock it or lose it’ warning. There was suspicious activity in our neighbourhood over the weekend, but we were pleased to note that barking dogs and blazing security lights proved to be a suitable deterrent. Our next NHW event will be on the 14th of May 2024 with a 7.00 pm start, location at the Meeting Place (aka the Oxenford and Coomera Community Youth Centre), 25 Leo Graham Way, Oxenford QLD. We will welcome our community Police Officer, our new local Counsellor, and our State member for Parliament. As always, we will close with a raffle and light refreshment to ensure a stimulating evening. We Look forward to welcoming you. Martin Mankowski, Area Coordinator Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch Book now 5539 4255 or online www.spotlighttheatre.com.au 185 - 187 Ashmore Road, Benowa Creating a brighter future Animal Welfare League Qld Est. 1959 Be a foster carer, and help SAVE LIVES Visit awlqld.com.au to get involved! HELICONIA SPECIALIST 2 MARKET STREET, CARRARA Ph: 0415 323 815 DELIVERY AVAILABLE SCREENING HELICONIAS HUGE VARIETY OF TROPICAL GARDEN PLANTS INC. PALMS, GINGERS, CORDYLINES & COSTUS One of our most popular plants - Heliconias. This is a great example of how well they work as a screener. If you’re trying to hide your fence or the neighbours these will do the job. Choose from: Kawauchi, Rauliniana, Black Cherry, Jacquinii or Hot Rio Nites. plus many other plants to choose from.