From someone who gives you a friendly wave as you pass by, to being some of our closest friends, neighbours are the heart of where we live and our community.

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At ECH we encourage everyone to get involved on Sunday 31 March, i.e. Neighbour Day! It’s the perfect opportunity for you to say thanks for being a great neighbour, and to thank them for being there when you need them most.

This special day marks the importance of social connection and community.

On this day, all Australians are invited to celebrate our neighbours.

Your neighbourhood could join the celebrations on Neighbour Day with a BBQ, morning tea, happy hour, some friendly games, or perhaps leaving a thoughtful note in the mailbox. Included in the printed issue of Keep Connected is a postcard you can use to write your appreciation to a great neighbour.

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You don’t have to wait until 31 March to start connecting with your neighbours. If you don’t know your neighbours well, you can start small and think about meaningful actions that you can take more frequently. Start with a smile and a friendly hello, strike up a conversation with a genuine compliment and perform a kind gesture like bringing in their bins, watering their garden or share a surplus of baking, produce or cuttings.

Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, a message of support or a simple act of friendship with those around us, connection can, and should, be something we all strive for whenever we can.

The day was started by Relationships Australia. Their Neighbours Every Day social connection campaign aims to help create and share belonging across Australia and build the inclusive communities you want to live in, one relationship at a time.

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Conversation starters to get to know your neighbours

What is your favourite book or movie and why?

What childish things do you still do as an adult?

What is the scariest thing that you have ever done just for fun?

Who do you admire the most? (living or dead)

If money was no object what would you buy?

We would love to hear how you celebrated with your neighbours! Send your photos and emails to us at

Posted: March 15, 2024