Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door or across the street for a BBQ, a picnic lunch or a game of street cricket.
Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day for people to get to know their neighbours, welcome newcomers, and encourage healthy, safe and well-connected local areas.
The annual theme for Neighbour Day 2019 is “Loneliness – What neighbours can do to create connections”. For more information visit the Neighbour Day website.
Pick an Activity, Time, and Place
Decide on how you want to celebrate Neighbour Day on Sunday 31 March 2019. You might decide to have a BBQ or a children’s fun day at the local park or just a chat over the fence.
However you decide to celebrate think about how much free time you have and keep it manageable.
Pick somewhere that everyone can get to (such as a local park or front lawn) rather than an apartment or house. This will encourage more people to join in and it'll be less worrying for families that don’t know many people.
Be creative and innovative about how to connect with your neighbours. But in case you’re stuck, here are some ideas to get started!
- International potluck meal with neighbours - invite people to bring a dish of food from their home country and to share something about their culture.
- Bake something to share with your neighbours and invite them for a cup of tea or coffee.
- Have a meet and greet BBQ /picnic at your local park (Use of public space onsite BBQs only)
- Formalise a neighbourhood group (such as a Neighbourhood Watch group).
- Organise a picnic and games afternoon at a nearby park or reserve. Egg and spoon, sack or relay races are popular with families with young children.
- Organise a clean-up, gardening, working bee, or giant garage sale to fundraise for a neighbourhood initiative.
- Start a neighbourhood library for things you are happy to lend or share with others in your street. For example: books, DVDs, soft toys, music, art and craft supplies etc.
- Start a neighbourhood newsletter or create a neighbourhood Facebook page for your street.
- Organise a vegetable swap at your local neighbourhood/community centre, local park or school.
- Invite neighbours to join or form a local walking group.
Does your activity need a Neighbour Day Grant?
Depending on the scale of your activity, consider applying for a Brimbank Council Neighbour Day Grant for support of up to $250.
How to submit your application?
Completed Application Forms must be submitted by Friday 22 February 2019 via:
Register Your Event!
Register your event on the Neighbour Day website and help to inspire neighbours all over the country.
Does your activity require a Reserve Booking or Event Permit?
Conditions apply for functions/activities or events on Council reserves. Depending on what you're planning you may need to get a reserve booking or an event permit.
If you're not applying for a Council Neighbour Day grant but are planning an activity, then the same conditions apply regarding a reserve booking or an event permit.
Conditions apply for functions/activities or events on Council reserves.
Triggers for an event permit include:
- A public gathering of more than 60 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road
- A private (by invitation) gathering of more than 100 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road
- Road closures or changed traffic and parking conditions
- Any event that will impact on the local community through significant noise levels
- Carnival rides and temporary infrastructure such as portable toilets, marquees and stages on Council property
- Fireworks including firecrackers
Any activity/event that clearly goes beyond intended use of the public space.
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It’s important you call us to discuss your idea and if necessary we'll support you in applying for a reserve booking or event permit.
Work as a Group
Get some of your neighbours to help plan your activity and work out what needs to be done; invitations, publicity, food, name tags, kids’ activities etc. Get children involved. They love a party!
Invite Your Neighbours and Promote Your Event
We have posters and and invitations you can use! Just add the time, place, and your contact details.
Let people know if you'd like them to bring any food or drink (activities with alcohol will not be supported by Council).
Decide how you'd like to invite your neighbours. Knocking on the door and giving them an invitation is a nice personal touch or you could pop it in the letter box or come back later if they're not at home. If you're organising an event for your neighbourhood you might want to consider promoting your event at your local shops, schools etc.
Celebrate Neighbour Day
Celebrate your event and make sure everyone feels included. You might want to get one person to introduce people and hand out name tags. Or you could play some ‘ice breaker’ games. Capture the event with stories or photos (ensure you have peoples’ written permission before taking any photos).
Let us know how it went!
If you received a Neighbour Day Grant you'll need to provide some further information on the event. A grant feedback form will be mailed to all successful applicants.
Contact Community Planning, Culture & Development via email@example.com or 9249 4000.