A wider range of Wagga residents will be able to have their say after councillors changed the makeup of its Crime Prevention Working Group, according to Neighbourhood Watch president Wayne Deaner.
At Monday's meeting, councillors rescinded a previous motion that would have required Neighbourhood Watch to apply for one of three community seats on the working group rather than a guaranteed presence.
"I'd like to thank the councillors for supporting Neighbourhood Watch," Mr Deaner said.
"It's a step forward in building a stronger community.
"I've had a lot of praise from people in the community that welcomed the decision as it allows people from all walks of life to have an input (on the working group) through Neighbourhood Watch."
Last month, Cr Yvonne Braid's attempt to amend the draft terms of reference for the working group in favour of Neighbourhood Watch was not carried.
The group will include voting members from the Wagga police, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, community and housing services, Aboriginal groups, the mayor, Wagga MP Joe McGirr and at least one youth member.
During Monday's meeting, Cr Tim Koschel said he had been contacted by Neighbourhood Watch members about the lack of guaranteed representation in the working group.
"I would love to see Neighbourhood Watch be a part of this," Cr Koschel said.
"One of many reasons is that Neighbourhood Watch plays a big part in our community and they have a big online social media presence as well.
"They have smaller sub-branches in each suburb of Wagga and can share information that is not always reported to authorities."
The motion to rescind was a carried despite opposition from Crs Dan Hayes, Vanessa Keenan and Rod Kendall.
Cr Paul Funnell said Neighbourhood Watch was at the "coal face" of crime issues and it was "democracy at work" in changing the previous motion.
"These people who volunteer their job, they are a conduit of information back to the local police area command," he said.
Cr Braid said many community members had called her in support of Neighbourhood Watch.
"They said there are a number of people in their vicinity who are too frightened to go alone and see somebody about what they have seen or what they know," she said.
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