Kate’s story

We are nominating not just one but all 14 neighbours on our street. The people who live in our street are from diverse cultural and demographic backgrounds. We have people from England, Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, France and Australia. We have people who have lived in the street for more than 40 years and those who have just moved into the street in the last 3 months. We have people in their 70s and 80s, young couples and families with school aged children.

We are proud of our diversity and we all work together to make our street the most friendliest and safe street to live in. In November 2012, we organised our first street party where everyone was invited to a ‘meet and greet’. We set up a marquee in front of one of the houses and everyone brought along a plate of food to share. It was a successful event because everyone got to know each other and we also learned about the history of our street and surrounding areas. We also had a street ‘water gun fights’ during the school holidays.

This year on Neighbours Day (30 March), we had a street afternoon tea, welcoming our new neighbours and catching up with old ones.
Aside from having street events, we support each other in many other ways including babysitting, house-minding, sharing seeds and seedlings, helping out with cleaning up after storms, pet minding, assisting with shopping and keeping an eye on our elderly neighbours. Some of us invite each other over for dinners and go on holidays together.

This is why we are nominating everyone on Dalkeith Street. Our neighbours are the best and we love living here.