In the Community

Something to Bragg About - February

Published February 2024

Andrew after receiving the City of Burnside Citizen of the Year award

Every month I like to highlight the achievements of a member of our local community who is doing great things – someone we can “Bragg” about! This edition, we are celebrating the Burnside Citizen of the Year, Andrew Bills.

Andrew was recognised for his long-standing service to the Linden Park Neighbourhood Watch. With over 32 years of service and 13 years at the helm as Area Coordinator, Andrew has become a treasured member of the neighbourhood through his dedication and leadership.

When the Watch was under pressure of closure in 2009, it was Andrew who stood up to keep the volunteer service alive. Now, 13 years on, the Watch has grown and thrived under his leadership, with an approximate meeting attendance of 20 volunteers and a consistent local appreciation for the newsletters dropped in the 930 letterboxes of Linden Park every three months. It is through these newsletters that Andrew and his team of volunteers have continued to educate their community on safety, security and crime prevention.

Andrew’s greatest pride is introducing an annual “Neighbourhood Day Lunch”. Exclusively for the residents of Linden Park, the Watch host a Sunday BBQ at Warrego Reserve to encourage the local community to meet with one another. Working in collaboration with the Burnside Rotary Club, Churchills Butchery and Bakers Delight in Marryatville, the Lunch is a positive reflection of how the Watch supports its community. The next Neighbourhood Day Lunch will be held on April 7.

With only three Neighbourhood Watch groups left in the City of Burnside, Andrew leaves behind a legacy of triumph against the odds.

Who should I Bragg about next? Let me know ⬇️

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