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Above: Get together with your neighbours this national Neighbour Day and enjoy a
picnic or bbq in your local park
Are you interested in creating a safer, more friendly and enjoyable
neighbourhood? Then national Neighbour Day on Sunday 27 March is
Neighbour Day is an opportunity for people across Australia to take the
plunge and strike up a conversation with the people who live across the
street, down the road or right next door.
The aim of the day is to strengthen communities and to encourage people
to build better relationships with those who live around them, to create more
vibrant, safer and healthier communities, to promote tolerance, respect
and understanding and to ensure better care of those who are vulnerable,
sick or elderly.
Council is a strong supporter of Neighbour Day and while Ballarat enjoys
robust, connected and active communities, there are always opportunities
to do more.
This year Council is encouraging neighbourhoods to hold a neighbourhood
event, whether it's a BBQ get together, garden party or picnic in the local
park. Council has developed guidelines to assist in organising a child safe
neighbourhood event and a limited number of $50 vouchers to assist with
food costs are available to those who register their Neighbour Day event
Council is also running a competition to win a neighbourhood fruit tree.
Enter the competition with at least one neighbour by filling in the entry form
on the reverse of this page, or download one from www.ballarat.vic.gov.au,
describe the benefits of sharing a fruit tree with a neighbour and you could
soon be sharing delicious, nutritious and free fruit.
Neighbourhood Watch Ballarat will be holding a Neighbour Day Concert on
Sunday 27 March, for more information visit www.nhwballarat.org
For further information about Neighbour Day activities contact Council's
Community Development Project Worker Paula Roozenburg on 5320 5804
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting the neighbourhood
When reviewing the Municipal Early Years Plan, Council staff had a number of
conversations with residents about ways to engage communities on a local level
and support activities that enhance local connectedness.
In response, Council has prepared a set of guidelines to encourage more
interaction between residents living in neighbourhoods around the city. The
'Meet the Neighbourhood Guide' includes information to assist residents in
organising neighbourhood parties and events in their neighbourhood or street
and to support safe child friendly neighbourhood activity.
The Guide identifies the many benefits of holding regular neighbourhood get
togethers, offers ideas around different types of events and outlines the steps
needed to help make any neighbourhood event successful and as safe as
possible for children.
The Guide also offers hints and tips about sustainability and limiting the impact
of any event on its local environment and simply outlines the legal, insurance
and permit requirements needed when organising a planned gathering.
To assist residents a reference map of all the city's parks and open spaces is
included as well as a copy of Council's Open Space Casual Booking Form.
The Meet the Neighbourhood Guide will be available from Council's Customer
Service Centre at The Phoenix, the Town Hall and available for downloading or
viewing at www.ballarat.vic.gov.au from March 2011. Council's Open Space
Casual Booking Form can also be downloaded from the above website.
For further information on the Guide contact Council's Community Development
Project Worker Paula Roozenburg on 5320 5804 or at paularoozenburg@
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