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When neighbours become good friends

COMMUNITY connections will be celebrated in Clarence next month on the fifth annual Neighbour Day, with nominations now open for Neighbour of the Year.

Neighbour Day encourages people to reach out and connect with those around them and across all their communities.

Neighbour Day has been running across Australia for more than 20 years and has been recognised by Clarence City Council since 2017.

The council presents a number of awards as part of its annual Neighbour Day celebrations, which will this year be held on Sunday 26 March.

Last year’s Neighbour of the Year winners, Basil and Helen Murray, are known for always lending a hand, mowing the nature strips, looking after neighbours’ properties, and organising big Christmas and Easter parties for all the children.

Nicole Howard, who nominated the couple for the award, said she simply couldn’t ask for better neighbours.

“Basil and Helen are just always around, always up for a chat and they know everyone in our street,” she said.

“They are just really good people and fantastic neighbours.”

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said Neighbour Day was a valuable initiative that gets more popular each year.

“Loneliness and social isolation can have a serious effect on health and wellbeing, and

Neighbour Day helps to better connect people and communities in Clarence and right across Australia,” he said.

“We are lucky to have some very close- knit communities here in Clarence but there is always room for improvement and Neighbour Day is a great opportunity to strengthen connections in your local area.

“The Neighbour Day awards are also a great way to recognise the people in our communities that go that extra mile for the people around them, and it is always wonderful to see communities coming together and raising each other up.”

To nominate your neighbour for an award or to learn more, go to www.ccc.tas.gov.au

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The Eastern Shore Sun is your monthly community newspaper, reaching over 30,000 homes and businesses in the communities of Clarence and Sorell. It is the product of Nicolas Turner, Justine Brazil, Ben Hope, Simon Andrews, Tobias Hinds and guest contributors, with support from advertisers.

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