FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging people to pop their head over the fence and say ‘hi’ to their neighbours on Sunday 30th March, ‘Neighbour Day’.
Neighbour Day was established ten years ago by founder Andrew Heslop and this year the campaign has been taken on by Relationships Australia, which has a long-standing office in Cairns.
“It’s vital that we have strong communities in Leichhardt as they shape our identity and create an environment where locals can feel safe, connected and valued,” said Mr Entsch.
Since 2003 there have been five key aims which have shaped Neighbour Day, which are to;
· Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us
· Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns
· Promote tolerance, respect and understanding
· Break down community barriers
· Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged
“It can be difficult to be the first person to say ‘hello’ but friendships forged with neighbours can be some of the most lasting, as families grow up together,” Mr Entsch said. “If you’ve got new neighbours, especially if they’re from another country, why not pop around and welcome them to the area?
“There’s no limit to the activities that people can organise on Neighbour Day whether it’s a street BBQ or shared pot-luck lunch, a game of cricket in the park or a few beers watching the footy.
“I’d encourage anyone who’s interested in organising a Neighbour Day event to visit the website and download a free kit at www.neighbourday.org. After all, the community you want starts at your front door.”