City of Subiaco named a Very Neighbourly Organisation

Jade Contarino, Lenny Covich, Mayor Penny Taylor, Scott Favacho and Claire Lennon. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d491288a
Jade Contarino, Lenny Covich, Mayor Penny Taylor, Scott Favacho and Claire Lennon. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491288a

CITY of Subiaco has been named a Very Neighbourly Organisation (VNO) ahead of Neighbour Day on March 31.

“Everyone chooses to be friendly, so by choosing to be friendly and knowing regular customers and people who live near you – that’s what makes us a neighbourly organisation,” Mayor Penny Taylor said.

The City has thrown its support behind Neighbour Day 2019 after becoming one of five WA Councils named a VNO through a Relationships Australia initiative.

Ms Taylor said knowing your neighbours was more important today than ever.

“When I think of ‘knowing your neighbours’ I think of things like a quick chat while watering the garden, taking out their bins and impromptu games of street cricket,” she said.

“But it is also about fostering a sense of belonging, combating isolation and making our communities safer.”

While Neighbour Day serves as a celebration of neighbourly values, the day is underpinned by a more serious message.

“On March 31, we’re asking all Australians to reach out to the vulnerable and lonely members of their community to create a connection, even if it’s through a small gesture,” said Relationships Australia National executive officer Nick Tebbey.

The City is offering residents grants of up to $100 to help with the cost of hosting an event for Neighbour Day 2019.

To register an event for Neighbour Day 2019 go to https://bit.ly/1ZlUaq7.