Everybody has good neighbours on Tahoe

Pauline and Steve Lockwood, Brenda and Alex Kent, Sue and Bruce McInnes with daughter Georgia (8), Claire and David Dougherty, Denise Hallion and Ron Privilege are celebrating 25 years of being neighbours. Picture: Emma Goodwin          d437100
Pauline and Steve Lockwood, Brenda and Alex Kent, Sue and Bruce McInnes with daughter Georgia (8), Claire and David Dougherty, Denise Hallion and Ron Privilege are celebrating 25 years of being neighbours. Picture: Emma Goodwin         d437100

As the popular television series Neighbours celebrates 30 years, five families in Edgewater are celebrating their own milestone.

Pauline and Steve Lockwood, Brenda and Alex Kent, Sue and Bruce McInnes, Claire and David Dougherty and Denise Hallion and Ron Privilege all moved to Tahoe Rise in April and May of 1990.

Last month, they celebrated 25 years of being neighbours.

To mark the occasion, the Lockwoods hosted a party for all neighbours, family and friends.

�We wanted to share our friendships with old and new neighbours,� Mrs Kent said.

�Also, any excuse for a get-together is our street motto.�

Over the 25 years, the neighbours have had street parties to celebrate Christmas, with the Mucky Duck Bush Band providing entertainment, progressive dinners, birthday parties, Australia Day barbecues, cricket matches and even weekends away together.

�Twenty-five years as neighbours has flown by,� Mrs Kent said

�For most of us, our neighbours have become the family we have chosen.

�Our children and now our grandchildren all know each other and the neighbours all care for each other.

�Three of us have lap dogs, which we call the rat pack, who also have become good friends and visit each other on a regular basis.�

The families have also celebrated many significant events together including births, deaths, weddings and milestone birthdays.

Mrs Kent encourages more people to reach out to their neighbours.

�If you really are unhappy about not knowing your neighbours, be brave,� she said.

�It really is worth it.�