Designed to strengthen community ties and build better relationships with the people around us, Council is encouraging residents to get involved in local events and reach out to nearby neighbours.
“It’s all about breaking down barriers and creating a friendly, safer and more connected neighbourhood,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.
“Everyone has a responsibility to get to know the people who live nearby – whether it’s a smile and a wave as you arrive home, a coffee catch-up or a picnic in the local park – these are all simple measures that can build friendships and also provide support and security.”
“Neighbours are all about communities and it’s communities that get things done.”
Council is supporting a range of events across the city and North Adelaide, including shared picnic lunches and barbeques, street parties and an outdoor movie screening of the Disney-Pixar movie “Up” in Whitmore Square.
Local resident Jim Wishart is helping to organise a BBQ for the Walyo Yerta Community Garden’s 2nd birthday, at the back of Veale Gardens.
“The open-garden will start at 5pm and all residents are welcome to come along, share Neighbour Day and enjoy the surrounding Park Lands,” Mr Wishart said.
Another local resident Leonardo Abello-Rode, a member of the South East City Residents Association is helping to organise a book launch at the Box Factory Community Centre on Saturday 24th March from 2-4pm.
“South East City Stories brings together the work of many local residents, sharing tales and anecdotes about past and present life stories of the south east corner of the city,” Mr Abello- Rode said.
“Come along and enjoy readings, food and a chance to meet your neighbours and support the launch of this joint publication.”
Councillor Susan Clearihan will be attending a gathering at Palmer Gardens on the day and said regular contact with neighbours is vital especially for older residents, people with disabilities and anyone who lives alone.
“Once you have taken the first step and introduced yourself, it’s then easier to maintain those friendships throughout the year and keep up contact on a more regular basis,” Susan said.
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