Whether you look out for each other’s mail, check on the animals or share a meal, good neighbours provide plenty of benefits, so celebrate your friend over the fence by nominating them for Neighbour Day!
Bundaberg Regional Council is calling for submissions explaining why you have the best neighbour in town as part of the 2022 Neighbour Day competition that aims to keep communities connected.
Entering is simple with residents encouraged to describe their best neighbour or neighbourhood to win a BBQ essentials pack valued at over $100.
Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said the initiative encouraged the community to actively build strong connections with the people around them.
“Neighbour Day is about building social connection, having respectful relationships within your community and addressing loneliness,” Cr McPhee said.
“Research shows that communities where people know each other have better mental health, are safer, and more resilient to adversity.
“This is an important initiative to make a difference to the lives of those who may be struggling with isolation or loneliness, by reaching out to the vulnerable and lonely members of your community.”
Previous winner Ramona Lane from Innes Park said she nominated her neighbour as a way of letting them know how much they were appreciated.
“We have great neighbours in our street and the neighbours who live right next door to us are wonderful and I thought I’d nominate them to say thank you,” Ramona said.
“I think it is a way for people who have done something to help you out, or people who are good neighbours, to be acknowledged and give back to them.
“It is a great sense of community in our street and our neighbours were very surprised when they won!”
Nominate for Neighbour Day
To nominate your neighbour, head to the website and nominate your neighbour.
Entries close at 3pm on Friday, 18 March 2022.
Entries will be shortlisted by an independent team and the winner will be decided by public opinion via Facebook.
There will be eight shortlisted neighbours for Bundaberg and four winners, with Gin Gin and Childers having two shortlisted and one winner per town.
Voting starts 21 March and closes 25 March 2022 at 3pm.
You can find out more about the neighbour day competition here.
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