More than 100 Carterton families will form the bedrock of an inaugural Neighbourhood Support Network in the town, says organiser Sandy Ryan.
Mrs Ryan, who is convening the organisation in her role as manager of Masterton Safe and Healthy Community Council, said the families were based mostly in rural Carterton and had been originally part of the Masterton network.
She said the Carterton District Council last month approved a $7000 grant. Funding of $10,000 had also been received from Neighbourhood Support NZ.
A part-time co-ordinator would be employed for the Carterton group, Mrs Ryan said, which will be operational as soon as an appointment is made.
Mrs Ryan said Carterton Mayor Ron Mark and his councillors had shown support for a network since the idea was pitched to council last year.
The aim of a neighbourhood support group is described as "to help make the homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places for members of the network".
A Neighbourhood Support Group encourages neighbours to talk to each other and fosters a sense of community.
The needs of a neighbourhood are identified and members take responsibility for their own safety and work to reduce burglaries, graffiti and vandalism and report all types of violence, including family violence.
A network also works to enhance the safety features and appearance of the neighbourhood and liaises with other community groups, including police, Civil Defence and other emergency agencies.
For a job description for the Carterton network co-ordinator or for more information email email@example.com.
Applications for the job close on September 10.