Good Neighbour

What does being a good neighbour mean to you?

Is it asking your neighbour to keep an eye on your house while you’re away for an extended period of time?

Is it leaving a bag of lemons from your tree on your neighbour’s front doorstep?

Is it checking on your neighbour because you haven’t seen them out and about for quite a while and you’re wondering if they’re okay?

Is it knowing your neighbour’s name and saying a quick hello when you see each other?

Connecting with our neighbours can have a profound effect on community health and wellbeing, as well as build strong communities.

Good neighbours keep an eye out for people in their area, especially those who might be isolated or lonely. This could be an older person, a single parent, people that work away from their families or new residents in the area.

We know that loneliness and social isolation can be harmful to both mental and physical health.

Not only does feeling socially connected help with feelings of loneliness and experiences of social isolation, in emergencies such as floods or bushfires, local community networks, neighbours and friends can look out for and support each other.

Connect & Age Well

Our new positive ageing program aims to connect isolated individuals in the Huon Valley and in turn improve their wellbeing. The program is an initiative of the Village Hub movement which is Australia wide and supported by the Department of Social Services.

Positive social connection has been proven to have a profound effect on longevity. Individuals who are more socially connected are happier and healthier. Connect & Age Well is the first program of the village hub movement in Tasmania and it aims to reduce rates of loneliness in our Huon Valley community.

We have a dedicated link worker who can assist you to connect or re-connect with programs, activities, services and people in the Huon Valley.

For more information contact council, phone (03) 6264 0300 or email hvc@huonvalley.tas.gov.au

Good Neighbour Calling Cards

If you don’t already know your neighbours, consider getting to know them before the next emergency. You can use a calling card to introduce yourself today.

Pick up a pack of cards from Council or download and print one.

Good neighbour calling cards (PDF,431KB)

Neighbourhood networks

The Huon Valley is well known for its caring close-knit communities. Many neighbourhoods have developed a way that they can share information with their local community.

If you are new to an area, ask your neighbours if they know of any local initiatives that connect people. It could be a Facebook group, Nextdoor, progress associations, notice board or a phone tree.

Some of the communication networks that we are aware of include:

Judbury and the Upper HuonFacebook – public group
Mountain River Community HubFacebook – private group
Verona SandsFacebook – public group
Franklin Facebook – private group

If there isn’t anything in your community, try chatting with your neighbours about what might work and give it a go.

Neighbour Day – 27 March

Neighbour Day has been connecting communities for 20 years, helping to address loneliness across Australia and build the communities we want to live in, one relationship at a time.

While Neighbour Day is officially celebrated on the last Sunday in March every year, every day can be Neighbour Day. Many people celebrate in the days and weeks in the lead up to 27 March, to help spread the neighbourly word.

Neighbour Day is a practical and effective way to help address loneliness across our communities.

Loneliness is detrimental to our overall wellbeing. Social connection and increasing sustainable respectful relationships is the key to better outcomes for individuals and communities alike.

Relationships Australia became the custodian of Neighbour Day in 2014 and the day has since grown into an ongoing, year-round social connection campaign that seeks to address loneliness across Australia.

Neighbourhood get-togethers

Most local areas have places or activities where residents can meet. Community halls, local markets and land care groups are examples of where you can get to know your neighbours and connect over local issues.

Council’s community grants program is always keen to support neighbourhood gatherings!

Connecting with others

Explore activities and groups in the region where you can connect with like-minded people.
Community group and activities are listed in the Huon Valley Local Directory.

Volunteering in your local community is also a great way to connect with others and give back to your local community at the same time.