Crestmead Neighbourhood watch receives funding to continue its good work in tackling Logan crime as part of National Volunteers Week

Funding welcome: Crestmead Neighbourhood Watch's Geoff Smith.
Funding welcome: Crestmead Neighbourhood Watch's Geoff Smith.

A neighbourhood watch group doing its bit to take a bite out of Logan crime has been given a National Volunteers Week grant to continue its work in bringing the community together.

The Crestmead Neighbourhood Watch group was given almost $2500 in grants last week.

The group will use the money to buy a new generator to power outdoor events, and improve storage facilities.

Secretary Geoff Smith said the money would also help buy fuel for members to attend events in other towns.

"It will allow us to reimburse some of the fuel costs," he said.

The group started about 20 years ago, identifying problems in the area like hooning, shoplifting and fraud.

They campaigned for a police beat in the days before the Crestmead Police Station, and group members host community days and barbecues to bring residents together.

Some events attract more than 500 people.

"Movies in the park and cuppas with the coppers, we've paid for those," Mr Smith said.

"It is a very large multicultural suburb," Mr Smith said.

"At a recent Census, there were 134 nationalities in Crestmead."

He was proud of the work the group did in making a positive impact in the community.

"It doesn't cut out all crime, but the police are right behind us," Mr Smith said.

"The officer in charge at Crestmead has been very supportive of our group."

The group has also worked closely with businesses as it helps them tackle opportunistic crimes like credit card fraud and shoplifting.

"It has been fantastic, building up a relationship with some of the businesses in the area," Mr Smith said.

The group will resume monthly meetings when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

They meet on the first Monday of the month at the Crestmead Community Centre.

Rankin MP Jim Chalmers praised the work of the group's volunteers.

"It's important that we take the time to recognise the incredible contribution of volunteers in our community who do their bit to make it an even better place to live," he said.

"To our selfless local volunteers - thank you."

A further 15 volunteer groups were given funds during the week.

Logan Brothers Rugby League Club, where Cameron Smith first plied his trade, was given $5000 to cover the cost of first aid courses for coaches and dedicated first-aiders in line with league safety requirements.