Clarence neighbours celebrate connections

NEIGHBOURHOOD connections were a thing of celebration recently when the Clarence community came together to celebrate Neighbour Day on 31 March.

This year’s theme was “creating connections to combat loneliness” and a number of neighbourhoods around the municipality held events to get to know new neighbours or to celebrate the connections their neighbourhood already enjoys.

Clarence residents were also encouraged to nominate their neighbour for a Neighbourly Award.

Neighbourly Awards recognise neighbours whose kind, thoughtful or generous actions make their neighbourhood a better place to be, with a number of nominations received from around the city.

Locals reported many instances of neighbourly kindness saying, “it is a delight to live where we do” and, “we are very grateful to have the wonderful neighbours we do.”

“Neighbour Day is a wonderful opportunity to reach out and get to know others living in your area,” Clarence Deputy Mayor Heather Chong said.

“Meaningful connections in our community help to reduce isolation and loneliness.”

Clarence City Council is pleased to announce the following six Neighbourly Award winners:

Zannie McConnon – recognised for her kindness.

Scott [last name withheld for privacy] – recognised for his friendliness.

Christine and Phil Gee – recognised for their generosity and friendliness.

The residents of Balaka Street – recognised for always looking out for each other’s wellbeing and creating a friendly street.

Ann Harrison – recognised for being a great role model and helping her community.

A special recognition award for Maureen Cooney for her kindness, generosity and friendliness.

Clarence City Council is encouraging residents to spread the word about the importance and rewards of being a good neighbour.

Ideas and resources for being neighbourly are available at www.liveclarence.com.au.

The Award Announcement is available to view on the LiveClarence Facebook page.

Caption: The Balaka Street residents enjoying a barbecue together for Neighbour Day.

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