While social distancing measures are in place, friendly neighbours have still managed to keep their bonds strong through the 2020 Neighbour Day competition.
Beginning at the start of March, the Bundaberg Regional Council competition asked residents in Childers, Gin Gin and Bundaberg to submit responses as to what made their neighbour so special.
Entries were voted on by the public with the winners receiving a barbecue pack to share with their neighbour.
According to Community Development Officer Debra Murphy, the competition was a huge success.
“Overall we had a total of 65 entries,” she said.
“It was a great concept in spreading some positivity in what is a difficult time for many people at the moment.
“Residents were able to really think about the connection they have with their neighbours and how important it is to establish our own little communities.”
Neighbour Day winners
Winners of the Neighbour Day competition were announced this week, with plenty of happy neighbours sharing in some barbecue goodness (adhering to social distancing measures, of course).
Romana Lane nominated her neighbour Liz Cowan for always being willing to help out and for looking after the animals when away. Romana said Liz also lent a helping hand during illness or in natural disasters.
Kiara Muggeridge nominated Sara Frahn for her welcoming, friendly, giving and fun nature. Kiara said Sara always made sure the kids had a great time and never went hungry while providing outdoor fun activities.
Scott Warren was nominated by Ron Larsen, both from Cloyne Road. According to Ron, Scott was a great neighbour because he never hesitated to help him or others burn cane, fix machinery and popped in regularly to assist whenever possible.
Debra said the 2020 Neighbour Day theme was ‘social connection’ which and held an important message during the current Coronavirus restrictions.
“The aim was to encourage the community to actively build strong connections with the people around them and to realise the social, emotional and mental benefits of connecting with others,” she said.
“It was very well supported and encouraged conversation and acknowledgement.
“We definitely plan on doing this again next year as a way to decrease social isolation and increase connection.”
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