2014 Event Host Responses – Quotes

“Congratulations to Relationships Australia on organising such a good event in 2014 and encouraging and supporting us to take action in our local neighbourhoods. This is a wonderful initiative and that should operate throughout Australia, in time.”

Dr Linda Vining 


We had 12 people gathered at our place late Sunday afternoon for drinks and a sausage sizzle.  Everyone brought some nibblies along to share, we provided all the bbq goodies and one gentleman whipped up a very yummy pavlova!!!”

Sharon Oldfield 


“I really believe it was a momentous turning point in how my community relates to one another and thinks about ownership and neighbourly responsibility.”

Emma Hale 


“I live in small court, with just ten houses and I kept the event just ourselves. I put a small flier in everyone’s letterbox about 10 days out and mentioned it to anyone I saw in the lead up. Only two houses did not attend. Most of us are long term residents and used to catch up more regularly when our children were younger. It was good to catch up and see where we were all at. Thank you to Neighbour Day for giving me the ‘excuse’ to have the event.”

Alderman Allan Mitchell 


“We at Noradjuha did celebrate Neighbour Day in style! We had 94 adults and about 30 children, I was an overwhelming success. We also had a ceremonial tree planting which just about everyone came out to witness.”

Bernard Noonan 


“We had an open house type of gathering, had about 20 people drop in throughout the afternoon. We met some really lovely people. Some had been on the street for 15 years and had never met.”

‘Poetic Pilgrim’


“We had nearly 80 people turn up in our local park for a free sausage sizzle and children’s activities. There were people from all ages from our local community. We had booked a face painter and balloon person which added more colour to the event.  Our Murrumbeena Community Bendigo Bank kindly lent us their fantastic marquee and gave us some products for the children. We managed to receive some assistance from local businesses including Bunnings donating about 50 plants which was great. We also ran a free raffle with products generously donated by Pacific Brands.”

Rosalind Thompson


“Our Neighbour Day was a fantastic hit! The residents of Audley Street got together for a lovely morning tea attended by around 40 people. The ASS Crew love getting together for social functions. We are all so blessed to live in such a wonderful, supportive community.”

Phoebe Steyn


“We had a great BBQ and plenty of food and drink. We found there is a common interest in music!”

Eric Smith


“We had a lovely neighbour day celebration. We hosted a sausage sizzle and about 50% of our street came. We only moved into the street last year and hadn’t really met anyone. They are all lovely – we had a ball!”

Lisa Laing

 “We had a perfect day for our street “Picnic in the Park” for Neighbour day, and a wonderful turn up of 70 residents, adults, and children! We were fortunate to have had a lovely hamper of chocolates donated to us by our local MP Mr Michael Sukkar, to use as a fund raiser. So we raffled the hamper to kick-start our fund for a National Trust plaque for our street. We raised $321, which was amazing!

Everyone enjoyed wearing their name badges, with their house numbers on them as well, and it certainly made it very easy for everyone to mingle and get to know one another better”

Su Dempsey


“We often talk about getting together at Christmas time but have found it difficult as it is a really busy time of the year. I was inspired to get something happening when I saw the event on the web. My neighbours all thanked me for organising it as it was a great opportunity to catch up and get to know each other as well.”

Donna Rumbiolo

“When we saw something about Happy Neighbour Day, we thought that would be a good excuse/reason to have another get together. We care for each other’s’ properties, collect mail, put out bins etc. when we go away, so all in all we enjoy a great sense of a happy healthy neighbourhood.”

Helen Hill


“A dozen or so neighbours braved the walk in the rain to our place where we enjoyed afternoon tea and getting to know each other, some for the first time. Hopefully there will be other opportunities throughout the year to connect with these beautiful people who just happen to be living very close by!”

 Ros Lindsey


“We were hosted completely by Darren Grimwade MP and a local business called
Simply Natural Healthcare, so no money was spent from our Neighbourhood Watch funds.
The day was fantastic and we plan to carry on the tradition next year.”

Lisa Ceh 


“We had a wonderful time on Sunday the weather was perfect sun came out and a great time was had by all. We put on a sausage sizzle, plus tea/coffee & biscuits, water & soft drinks. We also had Face painting. Children used Chalk drawings on our pavers”

Julie McTackett