Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community that encourages people to connect with those who live nearby. Whether for a barbecue, cuppa, a picnic in the park or a message of support; it’s the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there.
This year’s Neighbour Day theme is the importance of a supportive neighbourhood for children and young people. All Australians are encouraged to support initiatives that create safe and welcoming communities for children, young people and families.
Central Highlands Regional Council Manager Community Development Suzanne Poulter said living in connected neighbourhoods contributes to higher levels of physical and mental health.
‘Positive relationships and open communication with others can and do change communities,’ she said.
‘Social connection makes us feel better and helps prevent loneliness, social isolation and depression.
‘We are continuously working to make our communities the most liveable and connected, but true engagement starts at a personal level.
‘It is the small things, like greeting your neighbours, offering assistance if needed and looking out for each other that can make the biggest difference.
‘Why not make a pledge to introduce yourself to a new neighbour or drop off a kind note or coffee invitation to a neighbour on your street.
‘It could make a significant difference to the life of your neighbour and your own.’
Resources for people wanting to facilitate a neighbourhood event can be found at www.neighbourday.org.
Download a Neighbour Day sign from the website for selfies and share your neighbourly photos on social media with #ourcentralhighlands and #neighbourday or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.