Reach out to neighbours


Reach out to neighbours outside your own culture or religion

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 people. 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 needed that. '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.

Neighbour Day 2012 is on Sunday March 25.

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 Network.