- Last updated:
- 27 Jan 2023
We had a great response to our Neighbour Day competition with lots of fantastic stories shared about our local legends, who take the time to look out for their neighbours.
The winning Neighbour Day stories
We are pleased to announce our winners:
- People’s Choice
Dave, our delightful and caring neighbour who looks out for us all
- Councillor’s Choice
Every neighbourhood would be better with a good guy like Ron
- Panel Choice
Community Focused Just Because…
Congratulations to these amazing neighbours who will each receive a $100 Bunnings voucher.
You can read all the other entries on our Have Your Say page.
Tips on how to create connections with your neighbours
If you are unsure about where to start in getting to know your neighbours, here are five great tips from Neighbour Day which might just help.
- Start with a smile, make it a habit to flash a friendly smile or say hello, even in chaotic moments, it is sure to make a difference!
- The initial chat, strike up a conversation and find out their name with a genuine compliment, or a query, this can be a great icebreaker.
- Follow up, next time you catch up with each other follow up on what you spoke about last time, this shows your interest and people will generally appreciate feeling listened to.
- Kind gestures, the ideal way to build positive connections, consider what you might be able to offer e.g. bring in their bins, water their garden, or share surplus produce or cuttings.
- Host your event, organise a get together or engage in a neighbourly action. Think of something your neighbours might enjoy e.g. BBQ, morning tea, some friendly games, or perhaps leave a thoughtful note.
Visit the Neighbour Day website for more neighbourly tips.
Connected neighbourhoods lead to positive individual and family well-being with some of the potential outcomes including:
- Increased quality of life and a feeling of healthier and happier neighbourhoods.
- A feeling of being safe, engaged and having an overall sense of belonging.
- A readiness to co-operate, mutual respect and common aspirations.
- Localised assistance during a weather event or natural disaster.
10 great reasons to get to know your neighbours
- To have fun and celebrate.
- To hear new and interesting stories.
- To share knowledge, skills and resources.
- To learn about your neighbourhood history or create the history!
- To recognise your neighbours and learn a little about each other.
- To create a neighbourhood that is inclusive and safe.
- To collaborate and act for the benefit of neighbourhood.
- To know who might need a little extra help.
- To create a sense of belonging - a place where you feel at home.
- To welcome new people into the neighbourhood.
“There are no strangers in a healthy community.” Peter Kenyon
Connect, share information and resources
- Neighbour Day
Relationships Australia as the home of Neighbour Day believes in bringing together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well-connected communities. Sign up to Verandah e-Newsletter for the latest news and tips to help create the community you want.
- Spare Harvest
Connects people with their neighbours, enabling the sharing or exchange of surplus items. Established right here on the Sunshine Coast, Spare Harvest is about locals helping locals, reducing waste and sharing what we have - time, goods and support
A neighbourhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services. Join your neighbourhood
- Community Help
Is a new Facebook feature that enables neighbours to help each other out, people can volunteer to pick up groceries or ask someone to run an errand