Searching for Clarence’s best neighbour

Nominations are now open for the eighth annual Clarence Neighbour of the Year Award which will highlight the community member who best exemplifies the 2024 Neighbour Day theme ‘creating a shared belonging’.

National Neighbour Day will be celebrated on 31 March and forms part of Relationships Australia’s Neighbours Every Day program, which promotes the benefits of social connections and the importance of respectful relationships.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said Neighbour Day was a significant initiative on the city’s calendar to help create a sense of belonging and place for all in the community.

“Feeling that you are being seen and have support from those around you goes a long way to promote feelings of belonging and positive wellbeing,” he said.

“Some easy ways to build social connections and meaningful relationships could be going for a walk in your community and simply say hello to those you see, spending time in shared community spaces or even doing a random act of kindness such as dropping off some baked goods or spare veggies to your neighbour.

“The Neighbour Day awards serve as a fantastic way for acknowledging individuals in our community who consistently go above and beyond for those around them.”

To make a nomination for Clarence’s 2024 Neighbour of the Year visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au/neighbour-day-awards-nominations

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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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