Being Neighbourly

Photo credit: Robert (winner) and Trevor (friend) – St James Retirement VillageNeighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in March - the theme for Neighbour Day 2023 was 'Create Belonging’.

Relationships Australia has been leading Neighbour Day, Australia’s annual celebration of community, for over 20 years. The day encourages people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood with the aim of fostering strong personal connections that last the whole year round.

There are many ways to participate in Neighbour Day – whether big or small! Every little gesture contributes to building respectful relationships, sustainable connections and helps reduce loneliness in our community.

Neighbour Day 2023 - Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of $200 vouchers to put towards their Neighbour Day events.

First NameSuburb
Harry Aitkenvale
Alanna Annandale
Anat Annandale
Ruth Bohle Plains
Nicole Burdell
Tony Bushland Beach
Giina Cranbrook
Meibao Cranbrook
Deb Douglas
Robert Heatley
Sebastian Horseshoe Bay
Arabella Jensen
Cassandra Kelso
Dorelle Kelso
Karen Kirwan
Laura Kirwan
Heather Mount Louisa
Holly Mount Low
Merilyn Oak Valley
Leanne Pallarenda
Roy Pallarenda
Catherine Townsville City
Lucia West End
Maryanne Wulguru

Want to check in on your neighbour and don’t know how?

Townsville City Council has created a postcard that you can fill out and place in your neighbours letterbox. You might be thinking about how you can help your immediate next door neighbour, an elderly resident that lives across the road or the single parent family that lives on the corner – this is how you can reach out.

Download your postcard FREE (click on the image below) - you could even print a few out for your workplace too.

G'Day Neighbour - Pink  Pink Postcard (PDF) G'Day Neighbour - Yellow Yellow Postcard (PDF)

You can make a positive difference in our community

  • Be kind – think of others, consider your actions, show compassion
  • Reach out – call your neighbours and loved ones
  • Show support – especially to the elderly, vulnerable and isolated
  • Share information – make sure it’s from credible sources

For more information on COVID-19 and how you can keep safe and healthy, visit the Queensland Health website.

How to be a Good Neighbour

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!

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

Note: Please be mindful of social distancing measures at this time.

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

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: (07) 4417 8141

Fax: (07) 4417 8137

Regional area toll free 1800 809 605


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