LAKEWOOD (Calamvale 5)
The Lakewood Neighbourhood Watch was established in 1995 and is located in the south western corner of the intersection of Beaudesert Road and Nottingham Road in the Brisbane suburb of Parkinson.
The area is divided into eight (8) ones which are further subdivided into 71 blocks.
Originally in 1995 our estate was established with only one road entrance and consisted of 200 building blocks. Residents of the time saw the need for a security scheme and wanted to run their own privately by employing a security firm to patrol the streets at night and financed by the residents. A questionnaire was circulated and a considerable portion indicated they were not prepared to privately fund the scheme and the idea was disbanded.
A Neighbourhood Watch under the jurisdiction of Acacia police was started and the estate grew to 500 houses by 2002. In 2003 the area came under the jurisdiction of Calamvale police.
The estate was expanded in 2005 to accommodate another 170 houses, at around this period the City Council was encouraged by the Federal Government to increase the density of housing per area of land available to comply with the National Affordable Housing Scheme, consequently the vision of one house per block was gone.
Land which was designated for low density housing had the classification changed to allow high density and within a short time 300 units made our total number of dwellings spike to 970. It has now reached the maximum possible of 1021 dwellings.
The watch produces a newsletter bimonthly and has bimonthly meetings at various members houses. Our own website (blog) www.lakewoodnhw.com was established in 2012 and is linked with an email address of [email protected] a Facebook site was established in 2013 with the intention of having this reserved for fast moving items of interest eg. civil emergencies, missing persons, vehicle theft etc. We also have a Queensland Police sponsored Neighbourhood Watch blog at lakewood.nhwq.org with unlimited information.