Do you have a friendly neighbour who deserves a shout out, or, are you part of a neighbourhood that shows great community spirit?
In celebration of Neighbour Day 2021, Bundaberg Regional Council is again running a competition designed to thank the fantastic residents who go out of their way for those in their street.
Community Services Portfolio Spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said the annual event was a celebration of community with the chance for competition participants to win a barbecue prize pack valued at $200 for their neighbour nominees.
“Neighbour Day is the perfect day to say thanks to the wonderful people in our neighbourhood, connect with new neighbours and feel part of the community,” she said.
“This competition is about encouraging the community to actively build strong connections with the people around them and to realise the social and emotional benefits of connecting with others and joining and taking part in social groups.”
Neighbour Day competition promotes community support
Last year Bundaberg woman Liz Cowan was awarded the title of best neighbour by Romana Lane, with the pair enjoying the winning prize of a barbecue essentials pack.
As part of her entry, Romana nominated Liz 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.
Cr McPhee said it was that type of community support which made Neighbour Day such an important event.
“Last year's competition was really well received with community members from Bundaberg, Gin Gin and Childers all keen to give a shout out to their fantastic neighbours,” she said.
“Neighbour Day highlights just how essential social connection is and why we should be there to support one another.
“It can truly make a difference to the lives of those who may be struggling with isolation or loneliness.”
The Neighbour Day competition is now open to entries until 19 March, with winners to be picked by public voting from 22 to 25 March.
“To enter, all you need to do is tell us about your best neighbour or neighbourhood in 25 words or less and you could be in the running to win a barbecue essentials pack valued at $200 for your neighbour,” Cr McPhee said.
Find out more about the Neighbour Day competition here.
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