Every day residents across the region are making a difference in their community by saying G’day to their neighbours.
Select the following profiles to find out about a neighbourhood champion near you and some great ideas on how to get to know your neighbours.
Lorraine and Lilly
Neighbourhood duo Lorraine Powers and Lilly Watters have been
taking over their Redcliffe street for the past two years holding
an annual Neighbour Day afternoon tea for the whole street.
Lorraine began the Neighbour Day afternoon tea in 2017 and has
supported her neighbour, Lilly to take over the afternoon tea in
2018. Lilly a local high school student said that getting to know
her neighbours has ''allowed me to become more opened minded, grow
and become less shy''.
For Lorraine, the first Neighbour Day was an opportunity to
introduce all the neighbours in a friendly and appealing way.
Lorraine and her neighbour Jacqui now make a point to get together
every month and have many uplifting and inspiring
conversations. Another neighbour, Sylvia shares bananas
and pineapples every week - which are greatly appreciated by all
and often gifted back as banana cake!
"Since last Neighbour Day our street has had lost dogs, burst
pipes and health concerns. Knowing your neighbour makes these
challenges so much easier to deal with and makes our street a much
happier place to live" explains Lorraine.
Lorraine is also a community champion in the Redcliffe area and
in 2017 participated in Council's Connected Communities Program. The program provides a
series of learning opportunities for residents to develop community
projects and create positive change in the region.
Dilli Ram Bista
Dilli Ram Bista, a local Bellmere resident first moved to the
Moreton Bay Region in 2008 from Bhutan.
Now assisting his son to purchase his own house in the local
area Dilli Ram has reflected that ''When I first came to Australia,
I didn't know a lot of things''.
''But I am thankful for the support I received from my
neighbours, they helped me to resettle in Australia through many
ways, such as; assisting me to go to the bank and the shops as well
as taking care of the general maintenance of my house such as
fixing doors and screens.''
Now residing in Bellmere, near Caboolture, Mr Bista says "I can
now say with confidence I can tackle all these activities and more
all thanks to my neighbours.
Mr Bista is a proactive resident in the Caboolture area with a
passion to support new migrants in the region.
Did you know that 1 in 4 residents in the Moreton Bay region
were born overseas? Or that there were over 157 different languages
spoken by residents in the region?
To find out more about the diversity of the region check out our Multicultural webpage
Sarah and Ben
Sarah, originally from Germany moved to Mount Nebo four and a
half years ago to be with husband Ben. The couple have recently
breathed new life into the Café on the Mountain's off Mount Nebo
Road to provide a lively, welcoming and thoroughly local community
From receiving donated furniture to spontaneous working bees and
mentoring from local business owners Sarah and Ben say that opening
the Café was a 'neighbourhood affair'.
‘‘Our launch night was going to clash with the local pub night up at the community hall so the resident’s association, in a heart-warming act of support held the pub night down here at the cafe instead.,’’ Mr Kanowski said.
Ms Kanowski said that ''we've been able to support each other
during natural disasters by lending a hand cutting down trees,
sharing generators and providing food''.
''Simply acknowledging each other, whether it's a wave when
we've driving by on the roads or saying hello at the café makes
people feel connected to their community''.
To find out more about the Café in the Mountains and how Sarah and
Ben are working to make the café truly a neighbourhood affair you
can visit their Facebook page.
How to get involved in your neighbourhood
For more information and resources on how you can get to know your neighbours check out the Tools and Resources section of the Know Your Neighbour webpage.
Are you new to the area?
If you are a new resident in the region we have a new resident webpage with a range of information to help you and your family settle in to the Moreton Bay Region.
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