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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Laurie Blackall: My favourite things

Laurie Blackall, Neighbourhood Watch ACT President

Long-time Canberra resident, Laurence “Laurie” Blackall, has finished his first full year as President of Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) ACT. Laurie was first involved in NHW in 1989 when he established NHW in the Belconnen suburb of Florey. After taking a break to focus on his career in 1991, he re-established his connection after retiring, joining NHW in Casey and taking on the Area Coordinator responsibilities and becoming NHW ACT board Treasurer. His parents moved the family to the ACT in 1968, so Laurie has witnessed Canberra develop to the cosmpolitan city it is today. He grew up in Ainslie and Rivett before joining the Navy in 1977. After serving on HMA Ships, he returned to Canberra on posting in 1985 and later left the RAN and joined the Public Service in 1998, where he remained until retirement in 2013. Laurie sees a great future for NHW in the ACT. 

RETIREMENT CHALLENGE

“Now that I’m retired, I’ve challenged myself to learn to play the saxophone.”

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EXERCISE BUDDIES

“Our dogs, Reilly and Kyla, have become our exercise buddies, insisting that we take them on long walks around Casey.”

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COMMUNITY

“I look forward to the challenges of building capability in NHW to remain relevant in an increasingly connected and informed Canberra community.”

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LIVING NEAR FAMILY

“Family is very important to me and I am especially glad at festive times that our two adult children, their partners and our four grandchildren also live locally.”

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TIME SPENT IN THE NAVY

“While in the Royal Australian Navy, I developed a keen interest in project and program management and enhanced my leadership and management skills in several challenging roles.”

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