BEING neighbourly is a virtue that can help end isolation in our communities and promote a happier and safer place to live.
The City of Kwinana was recognised as promoting these values after being named alongside five other councils as a ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’ for Neighbour Day 2019.
Relationships Australia started the annual day to reduce loneliness in the community by encouraging people to connect with their neighbours.
Held on the last Sunday in March, it celebrates such neighbourly values as ‘sharing a cuppa’ with your neighbour, having a chat across the fence or bringing in your neighbour’s bin while they are away.
Mayor Carol Adams said it was a perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours.
“Events and activities that encourage people to form new connections are incredibly important,” she said.
“We believe that Kwinana prides itself on its sense of community.
“We are supporting eight events around Kwinana and encourage everyone to get into the Neighbour Day spirit on March 31 and take the time to have a chat to your neighbours.”
Wellard Postman Duncan Calder said he lived in a great neighbourhood.
“I’m known for being the happiest and friendliest postie – it’s great to live in a friendly neighbourhood.”
The celebration does hold a serious message according to Relationships Australia National Executive Officer, Nick Tebbey.
“Loneliness and social isolation are incredibly important issues,” he said.
“We know that those who have strong social networks are healthier both physically and mentally.
“Conversely, those who are disconnected from these networks often experience a wide range of serious health issues.”
People can share their great neighbour stories or register any neighbourly events at neighbourday.org.