Melville’s Friendliest Neighbours Awarded
On Monday 10 April, eight residents were named the City of Melville’s Friendliest Neighbours, and each awarded a $100 Garden City voucher in a ceremony held at the Civic Centre in Booragoon.
The awards were presented following community nominations for Melville’s friendliest neighbours in celebration of Neighbour Day on 26 March, with this year’s theme emphasising the importance of social connection for the elderly.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey congratulated the recipients who had gone out of their way to create a connected, friendly neighbourhood.
“These eight inspirational residents have taken time to help others, from small gestures to significant acts of kindness which have had an invaluable impact on the lives of their neighbours,” said Mayor Aubrey.
“I would like to extend sincere thanks to each and every one of our Friendly Neighbour Award winners and to all our residents who offer a helping hand and connect people who live close by – you are what makes our City a safe and enjoyable community to live in.”
The 2017 Friendly Neighbour Award recipients were:
- Cheryl Kennedy of Mount Pleasant, nominated for always being ready to welcome new neighbours into the area, provide support/direction for those in need and her tireless contribution to her local community.
- Kevin Looby of Ardross, nominated for helping those who may be in need of some extra support, helping with school pickups, cooking for others, passing missing ingredients for a meal over the fence, while keeping an expert eye for any suspicious behaviour.
- Peter Watson of Attadale, nominated for organising neighbourhood gatherings, being kind and considerate and encouraging neighbours to look out for one another.
- Aline and Tim Norris of Booragoon, nominated for welcoming new neighbours to the street, sharing their tools and inviting a new mother in for a cup of tea and a chat.
- Frank Buemi of Kardinya, nominated for helping those who need extra support, sharing and even delivering his home-grown vegetables and helping neighbours with gardening.
- Betty Dawson of Melville, nominated for helping out others, whether it is watering plants, looking after neighbours pets, bringing in neighbours bins, being an inspiration to younger neighbours or helping to create streets full of children playing.
- Kathryn McCann of Mount Pleasant, nominated for helping others, organising a garden party to introduce neighbours to each other and growing fruit and vegetables to share.
- Neil Regan, nominated for looking out for neighbours, he is the first to check on neighbours after a storm and lend a hand where people need extra support.
While Neighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of March, it encourages everyone to be great neighbours every day to help create safer, more connected neighbourhoods.
In 2013, the City of Melville developed its Friendly Neighbour initiative, which aims to encourage and assist people to take that first step in communicating with and befriending their neighbours, as well as providing support for events and the Friendly Neighbour Awards.
“Friendly Neighbour Grants of up to $250 are available to all residents all year-round, to help people host an event in their neighbourhood, which to-date have included gatherings such as barbeques and street parties,” said Mayor Aubrey.
To apply for a $250 Friendly Neighbour Grant visit www.melvillecity.com.au/friendlyNeighbours.