GETTING to know your neighbours can help build a friendly, safe community and help is now available to make organising a street event even easier.
Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City of Gold Coast won a national award and was sharing the success with residents.
“Thanks to an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award and $5000 in prize money, we will distribute small grants to residents and groups to help fund the costs of local meet our street events,” Cr Gates said.
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Not-for-profit groups can apply for up to $500 and local residents can apply for $100 in vouchers.
“It’s a casual, low-cost way to meet your neighbours and creates a sense of community where people look out for each other.
“These events are truly grassroots, we’re just offering some financial help, a kit to download and your street does the rest,” she said.
The free kit includes invitations, registration form and checklist. A successful event usually includes sharing food, games and friendly conversation.
“You can also borrow an activity bag which includes outdoor games and equipment providing entertainment and activities,” Cr Gates said.
“Meet our street helps create safer suburbs, positive connections with people around you and a sense of belonging,” she said.
Now is an ideal time to kick off the meet our street with National Neighbour Day on 30 March.
“But it’s not just for March they can happen at any time of year. Public holidays, celebration days, school holidays and weekends are all great opportunities,” Cr Gates said.
Applications for funding close 30 May 2014.
For more information including where to borrow an activity bag, visit our website cityofgoldcoast.com.au/meetourstreet or phone 5581 6642.