We encourage all residents to get to know their Neighbours. If you don't know the person who lives next door, or across the street, make a special effort to introduce yourself.
Knowing your neighbours can help to build friendships, welcome new people to the area, provide security in times of emergency or extreme weather events, help reduce social isolation and promote tolerance and respect.
Here are some key things you can do to be a good neighbour:
- Keep in touch, say hello
- Consider your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum
- If you have a dog, don’t let it bark for long periods of time
- Keep your property maintained
- Speak to your neighbours to resolve issues
- If you notice a problem offer to help.
For more information on how to be a good neighbour, visit the tips on how to meet your neighbours webpage.
Celebrate Neighbour Day - Sunday 27 March 2016
Its time to celebrate our neighbours on Sunday 27 March 2016 for Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day is held annually on the last Sunday in March every year.
Neighbour Day was initiated by Andrew Heslop following the death of Mrs Elsie Brown, an older resident of Melbourne. Mrs Brown's remains were found two years after she died after neighbours noticed her mail being untouched and contacted the police with their concerns. Wide spread local and national media interest in this case instigated the establishment of Get to Know Your Neighbour Day to encourage everyone to make a special effort to introduce themselves to their neighbours to create a greater sense of community care and safety. Just keeping a neighbourly eye on your street and making yourself known to those who may be elderly or live alone can make a real difference.
Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa. It's the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most.
Visit the official Neighbour Day website to find out more about Australia's national celebration of community and download your FREE e-kit which has all the information you will need to assist with planning your event.
Another initiative of the City of Casey to encourage communications between residents is the Hello postcard, residents are encouraged to use these cards help get to know their neighbours. The word "Hello" on the postcard has been translated in various community languages to reflect Casey’s culturally diverse municipality and to promote communication and interaction in the community. These cards can be used for a range of purposes and communication. Find out more information by visiting the World Hello Day webpage.
Ideas to get to know your neighbours
- Share a cuppa or bbq in your front yard.
- Go for a walk with your neighbour. Visit the Active Living webpage.
- Participate in a local playgroup or mothers group. Visit Playgroup Victoria.
- Join a local community or sporting organisation. Visit the Casey directory.
- Find your local community services. Visit our What's near me webpage.
- Get along to a local community event. Visit our events calendar to see what events and activities are on.
Share your ideas
We would love to hear your stories about getting to know your neighbours. Please email your stories to the firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the City of Casey for more information.