Shoalhaven City Council is encouraging the community to celebrate Neighbour Day - Australia’s annual celebration of community on Easter Sunday, 27 March.
Mayor Joanna Gash said the principal aim of Neighbour Day is to build better relationships with the people who live around us, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
“It is well known that connected communities where people know each other are often safer, healthier and more resilient,” said Clr Gash.
“Neighbours in particular are important because good relationships with others can and does change communities.”
“When you connect with the people who live nearby, you are showing you care about what happens locally and are directly supporting safe, friendly and resilient streets and towns.”
“Celebrating Neighbour Day can be as simple as inviting the person next door, across the street or on the next farm over for a barbeque, a chat, or just a cuppa.”
“This year’s Neighbour Day falls on Easter Sunday which provides the perfect opportunity for local residents to combine Easter festivities with their neighbours or plan a get together while the whole family is around.”
“If celebrating Neighbour Day on Easter Sunday is not possible, people can choose another day.”
“Every day is Neighbour Day, so I encourage local residents to choose to connect with their community in whatever way and at whatever time suits them.”
“Residents or community groups who wish to organise a large event, for example, a street party or an event in the local park, should contact Council to register their event.”
“Council also has material available to help promote local Neighbour Day events, such as posters, post cards and name tags.”
Mayor Gash said Neighbour Day is a project of Council’s Community Development team and forms an integral component of the Shoalhaven Crime Prevention Plan.
For more information or to register your event, phone 4429 3456 or visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Community/Neighbour-Day.
CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 170