Salter Point resident named top WA neighbour

Salter Point resident Joanne Hussein hosts movie nights at her home for her neighbours. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492530
Salter Point resident Joanne Hussein hosts movie nights at her home for her neighbours. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492530

RELAXING on bean bags and munching on popcorn, neighbours have spent many movie nights together over the years on Salter Point street.

Local resident Joanne Hussein said it was important for her family to get to know their neighbours well as they moved into the area.

“Coming over from England, we want to make new acquaintances but we didn’t think we’ll make it with that many people in the group,” she said.

Mrs Hussein said they were initially renting the equipment to screen movies at the front of their house five years ago but bought them after it became a regular event.

“The equipment was paid for as a group,” she said.

“We start off with chats over food and drinks then when it gets dark, we make popcorn.

“It’s becoming part of the community and I think we’re unique in that there’s so many of us.”

Social networking app Nextdoor named Mrs Hussein the winner of the 2019 Neighbour Day Award for WA last month, nominated by her neighbour.

Mrs Hussein said there were nine households regularly involved in the community events and have been welcoming others, including people from Waterford.

“We have a big difference in the age group, the oldest would be an 88-year-old,” she said.

“I feel very blessed to live in a supportive, friendly neighbourhood.

“We also get together to support each other during things that may not be so much fun.”