Being Neighbourly

Learn the art of building great relationships with those living near you. It only takes a few simple steps to ensure that we are considerate towards our neighbours. In turn, you may be surprised by your neighbours’ appreciation for your kindness!

How to be a Good Neighbour

A great neighbourhood is one that is caring, cohesive, safe, and welcoming. It is also where neighbours are proud of their street and take ownership of the neighbourhood they live in.

Having good neighbours can make a big difference to our lives, and goes a long way to creating a happy, healthy and peaceful environment for all. If we all play our part, we can build lasting friendships and strong communities in our neighbourhoods.

Let’s be Neighbourly Townsville, as a stronger, safer community starts in our own backyard!

Watch the Let's Be Neighbourly video

Here are some hints on how to be a good neighbour:

Celebrate Neighbour Day

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”.

Neighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round.

For more information on Neighbour Day, including how to register a Neighbour Day event, visit the Neighbour Day website

The Neighbour Day website also hosts a plethora of fantastic tools to help you form relationships with your neighbours.

Managing Neighbour Disputes

The Dispute Resolution Branch was established by the Queensland Government to

provide a free, confidential and impartial mediation service to the community.

The Dispute Resolution Centre provides an alternative way of settling disputes before they get to court. This means savings in time, legal fees and court costs, not just for the individuals involved, but for the whole community.

The Dispute Resolution Centre provides free mediation services available to everyone in the community, to assist in a range of disputes, including conflict between neighbours involving issues such as trees, noise, boundaries and children.

Contact North Queensland Dispute Resolution Centre

Ph: 4760 9866

Fax: 4760 9850

Regional area toll free 1800 809 605


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