Join in this Neighbour Day

Detective Superintendent Jamey Bellicanta supports Neighbour Day 2019

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.

Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, or a message of support; Neighbour Day is the perfect opportunity to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when you needed them most.

Neighbour Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year with the aim of fostering strong personal connections with the people who live around us that last the whole year round.

This year’s theme is loneliness with a focus on our elderly and culturally and linguistically diverse community members.

Intelligence and Community Safety Detective Superintendent Jamey Bellicanta said it’s important to reach out to these groups who are particularly vulnerable to loneliness.

“From a safety perspective, it’s important to know who your neighbours are, make that introduction and look out for each other.

“If you see something out of place, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via their website,” Detective Superintendent Bellicanta said.  

ACT Policing’s Seniors Liaison Officer Lina Webber regularly talks to elderly groups about home security and encourages people to connect with their neighbours by joining their local Neighbour Hood Watch or Men’s Shed.

To get involved, pick up a Neighbour Day ‘connection card’ from your local police station front office. It’s a postcard you can drop into your neighbour’s letterbox, introduce yourself and invite them for a cuppa or to a gathering you may be hosting in the street.

Neighbour Day Connection Card

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ACT Policing’s Multicultural Liaison Officer, First Constable Patrick Castle helps those new to Australia to integrate into their neighbourhood and connect to groups such as Migrant and Refugee Services.

“It can be very daunting for people who have recently migrated to Canberra to feel safe and fit in. Neighbour Day is the perfect time to host an event and make them feel welcome," First Constable Castle said.

For more information, head to the Neighbour Day website. You can register your event, download your free resource e-kit and sign up to their monthly newsletter.