COMMUNITY: The Street by Street project aims to build a national network of of more neighbourly neighbourhoods. Will you take the first step? Picture: SuppliedHOW well do you know your neighbours? Do you even know their names?
Or is an occasional wave or nod the extent of your interactions if you make eye contact with your neighboursin the front yard?
A national project, Street By Street, is offering to change that.
It provides resources, atno cost, to encourage anyone interested (or just curious) about making theirneighbourhood more neighbourly.
“Living in a neighbourhood that is ‘neighbourly’ ranks high on most people’s lists,” Street by Street project officerIrene Opper said.
“When asked, peoplesay they want to know their neighboursto feel comfortable stopping to chat, even to share things, tooffer help or, indeed, to ask for help.”
She said surveys showed that the wish to be part of a congenial neighbourhood spans all age groups.
“Gen-Y 20-somethings are as keen to feel connected to their neighbours as the retiring babyboomers are. It is about feeling we belong somewhere, that we’re part of a community,” she said.
It takes only one or two people in a street to get the whole process of building a neighbourlyneighbourhood started.
Ms Opper hopes the Street by Street project will lead to the creation of a network of connected communities around Australia.
She’s inviting Lake Macquarie and Wyong Shire residents to take the first steps towards becoming a better connected community.
“It really doesn’t take much to begin this journey – an invitation in everyone’s mailbox to meet at a localcafé, park or home will do the trick,” she said.
“One woman simply put a table of 200 books surplus torequirementson her front lawn and (through a letterbox drop) invited her neighbours to take whatthey wanted.
“The lively conversation around the book pile that Saturday led to a list of 26 families whowanted to ‘do more’ together. And all the books went,” she said.
Another woman did a letterbox drop, organiseda meeting for neighbours to discuss their respective skills and exchange ideas, and a year later they hold regular garden blitzes in each other’s yards, and sponge cake bake offs.
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