Spent time with your neighbours lately?
Neighbour Day on Sunday 25 March is a chance to do just that with the people who share your street.
Neighbour Day was started in Europe in 2000 and since then has spread around the world.
The theme of Neighbour Day this year of ‘The Importance of a Supportive Neighbourhood for Children and Young People’.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said Council supported Neighbour Day as part of its commitment to providing strong, healthy and inclusive communities.
“We know that street parties and celebrations can improve our connection to our local neighbourhood,” he said.
“So all year round, Banyule Council provides free public liability insurance, road closures and support to residents who hold neighbourhood street parties.
“Council also offers one $500 grant each year to encourage street gatherings on Neighbour Day to pay for food, entertainment and whatever else the successful applicant decides is needed to bring their street together.
“It’s so easy to focus on our own lives and have little idea of what people in our street are going through,” Cr Pasquale said.
“Knowing your neighbours can make life so much better for children, young people – for all of us. It makes us feel we are part of our immediate community and can start with something as simple as a shared lunch on the street,” he said.
Applications for a neighbourhood street party street closure and free public liability insurance can be made any time of the year.
Applications for the 2019 Neighbour Day grant will open on 1 December 2018 and close 31 January 2019.