Meet your Fawkner Neighbours on Neighbour Day 2012

Neighbour Day 2012 Poster

Come along and meet some of your Fawkner neighbours on Neighbour day.

Join the Barbecue on Sunday 25th March in Fawkner
When: 11.30am-1.30pm
Where: CB Smith Reserve outside the leisure centre

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.

Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most.

It was established 9 years ago in Melbourne in 2003 after the shocking news that the remains of an elderly woman, a Mrs Elsie Brown, were found inside her suburban home at McKinnon. She had been dead for two years. Even in a city of over 3 million people you can live a life of relative isolation, where even your next door neighbours can be oblivious to whether you are alive or dead. Remarkably, services such as gas, electricity, telephone and water all remained connected. Read more about How it all began

Andrew Heslop, Communications Manager for the Australian Red Cross from Sydney, took action as a result of this tragedy and started Neighbour Day to enliven communities and neighbourhoods. He was invited to New York in 2008 to make a presentation about Neighbour Day to the United Nations.

Here is Andrew plugging Neighbour Day and the imporatance of the roleout of the National Broadband network for building community and connecting people in regional areas:

Organisation of the day is based on five principles:

1. Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us.
2. Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns.
3. Promote tolerance, respect and understanding.
4. Break down community barriers.
5. Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

So, bring your family and come along to the Barbecue this Sunday at CB Smith Reserve.

For more information visit the Neighbour Day website.

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About John Englart

Citizen journalist, photographer, social justice activist, parent, cyclist, bibliophile, NTEU member, casual web content editor for Melbourne Polytechnic, a Victorian TAFE Institute.
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