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. 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 26 March 2017. You might decide to have a BBQ or a children’s fun day at the local park or just a chat over the fence. Whichever way you decide to celebrate think about how much free time you have and keep it manageable.
Pick somewhere that's communal and accessible (such as a nature strip, local park or front lawn) rather than inside an apartment or house. This will encourage more people to join in and will be less intimidating for residents that don’t know many people.
We encourage you to think creatively and innovatively 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.
- 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.
Register Your Event!
Register your event on the Neighbour Day website and help to inspire neighbours all over the country.
Does your activity need a Neighbour Day Grant?
Depending on the scale of your activity, consider applying for a Brimbank City Council Neighbour Day Grant for support of up to $250.
Does your activity require a Reserve Booking or Event Permit?
Conditions apply for functions/activities or events on Council reserves. Depending on what sort of activity you are planning you may need to apply for a reserve booking or an event permit.
If you're not applying for a Council Neighbour Day grant but are planning an activity included below then the same conditions apply regarding a reserve booking or an event permit.
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.
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 involved in the planning of your activity and work out what needs to be done; invitations, publicity, food, name tags, balloons, kids’ activities etc. Get children involved-they love a party!
Invite Your Neighbours and Promote Your Event
Let people know if you'd like them to bring any food or drink (activities with alcohol will not be supported by Brimbank City Council).
Decide on 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 ensure that people feel included. You might want to nominate a person to have the role of introducing people and handing out name tags or you could consider 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!
We would love to hear how your event went! Contact Council with a short story or photos we can share on the Brimbank City Council Website and Facebook page. People who have received the Neighbour Day Grant will need to provide some further information following the event.
Contact the Community Planning and Engagement Officer, Community Planning, Culture & Development via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9249 4899.
Last updated 03/04/2017