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Neighbours embrace community spirit in Clarence

Several Clarence residents have been recognised by their neighbours for their community spirit, commitment and genuine care in the 2024 Clarence Neighbour of the Year Awards.

Neighbour Day is an annual event that promotes the benefits of social connections and encourages people to make meaningful connections with those around them.

Bonnie and Andrew Tuttle were nominated by several residents who painted a picture of “…caring, helpful and generous people…” who were always willing to lend a hand.

The Howrah couple built a share stand in front of their home so the community could share surplus produce with those needing an extra hand.

“Being a good neighbour is about being there for people, making yourself known, connecting and just generally being a good human to the people surrounding you,” Ms Tuttle said.

Cameron Dalgleish was recognised for going above and beyond by checking in with his neighbours by doing regular wellbeing and welfare checks.

Karen and John Sherrin received the award for always having a cup of sugar on hand, mowing lawns, giving moral support and helping neighbours in sticky situations.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said Neighbour Day was a fantastic way to highlight the wonderful people in the community.

“Feeling connected and supported by those around you goes a long way in the pursuit of positive wellbeing and belonging,” Mayor Blomeley said.

“These winners exemplify what it means to be a great neighbour and highlight just how much community spirit we have in Clarence.

“This year we had more than 20 nominations and 17 finalists and there were so many incredible stories of generosity and kindness.

“Congratulations to our deserving winners, Bonnie, Andrew, Cameron, Karen, John and Aline.

“People like you make Clarence a wonderful, close-knit community.”

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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