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Clifton couple Clarence’s top neighbours

LONG-term Clifton Beach residents Cath and Iain Whyte have been named Clarence City Council’s Neighbours of the Year for their outstanding commitment to the local community.

Presented each year to mark Neighbour Day (26 March), the award recognises the efforts of those who go above and beyond for their local neighbourhood.

From helping with gardening to caring for ill neighbours and volunteering at the surf club, the Whytes are known for always lending a helping hand and making everyone feel welcome.

“We have been here for more than 30 years and have enjoyed every minute,” Mr Whyte said.

“We are not just neighbours, we are friends and a lot of them feel like family,” Mrs Whyte added.

“Receiving the Neighbour of the Year was a big but lovely surprise.”

Clifton local Kate Masters said the Whytes were very deserving of the award. “I think the neighbourly bond is one of the lovely things about living at Clifton Beach,” she said.“I live 400 metres from the beach and it sometimes takes an hour to get there because everyone is always keen to chat and catch up.“Having welcoming neighbours like Cath and Iain means you never really have to leave your suburb to have a nice time.”

The Neighbour of the Year Award received an influx of nominations this year, and Mayor Brendan Blomeley said it was fantastic to hear so many stories of kind and generous neighbours across the city.“The awards are a great way to recognise the people in our communities that go that extra mile for the people around them,” he said, “and it is always wonderful to see communities coming together and raising each other up – just like Cath and Iain.”

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