Australia's new multicultural policy,The People of
Australia, recognises the breadth and diversity of Australian
society, and reaffirms support for a culturally diverse and
socially cohesive nation. We share rights and responsibilities that
are fundamental to living in Australia, which are enshrined in our
citizenship pledge - a pledge of loyalty to Australia and its
So, someone was born in another county can still share your
interests and responsibilities to get prepared for emergency
situations, such as natural hazards. And they might have important
skills and experiences useful to your neighbourhood. But you won't
know, if you don't ask. Approaching and relating to people we don't
know or share little in common with takes courage, but you'll be
rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing others feel more
included, which will make them feel safe and secure.
Say g'day and get to know your neighbours. Held on the last
Sunday in March every year, Neighbour Day is Australia's annual
celebration of community. Neighbour Day brings together the people
next door, across the street or on the next farm for a cuppa, a
barbecue or a few beers - the perfect way to say hello or thanks
for being a great neighbour and thanks for helping out when I
'The community you want starts at your front door.' The
Neighbour Day website provides all the ideas and tools that you'll
need to get started - from picking a time and place, to
invitations, to registering and promoting your event.
Street by Street
Street by Street is a national neighbourhood support
program that links people who live in the same street or nearby.
The focus in on practical helping tasks, which can relieve
isolation and make the difference between someone remaining in the
own home or needing to move into more supportive accommodation.
Tasks such as taking out the wheelie bin, hanging washing, picking
up some extra items when shopping, collecting mail, or feeding pets
while owners are away all help to take pressure off households.
Street by Street is a project of the Community Building National
Brisbane City Council has a number of activities to support
refugees, working in partnership with volunteer
groups, refugee communities, government and
community services. For more information, please call (07)