Tonight’s WMRA meeting was well attended, including several welcome guests from the community.
The proposed $84k lighting upgrade to West Melton street lights was discussed tonight. The major causes of light pollution in the area were debated along with possible steps to reduce these effects. The committee resolved to invite representatives of the West Melton Observatory to the next meeting.
Tim presented the results of the online poll regarding the community patrol. The majority of the community had backed the initiative with 108 votes for, and 5 votes against. 61 people indicated they could volunteer 4 hours per month to the cause. Local Constable, Chris Caldwell gave some good background to the discussion that followed, referencing the trends and patterns that he had observed in his six years experience in the district. He suggested the WMRA consider joining with the Rolleston patrol for the mutual benefit of the area. Chris cautioned that crime had not actually ‘set-in’ in the area and offered to provide the WMRA with full statistics to support this. Watch for an article by Chris on this topic in an West Melton News soon. The Residents Association will advertise a public forum in November to discuss the Community Patrols initiative further.