The streets of Mitcham are set to sizzle with community barbecues thanks to a Neighbour Day competition to kick off in February.
As part of the competition, City of Mitcham residents are being encouraged to get to know their neighbours by hosting a street party.
Held on the last Sunday in March, Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community that aims to foster connections that last year-round.
Let us know what is great about your street and the people in it, to go in the draw to win a $250 food voucher sourced from local suppliers to enable you to Connect with your Neighbours. Two streets in each ward, and three in Craigburn, will be awarded prize packages.
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Winners will also have the opportunity to connect with their local Elected Member who’ll be invited to come along on the day.
The winners will be drawn on the afternoon of Tuesday March 2 and notified by the City of Mitcham shortly thereafter.
Barbecues need to be hosted between 28 March and 2 May, 2021.
Applications close on Friday 26 February – get yours in today!
To enter download the form or complete the below form or email email@example.com your name, address and ward and tell us what is great about your street.
We are also happy to send you an entry form if required, please contact our customer communications team on 8372 8888 to coordinate this.
Neighbour Day Entry Form
Terms and Conditions
1. To enter City of Mitcham’s Neighbour Day BBQ Competition you must be a resident of the City of Mitcham.
2. You must tell us what is great about your street and the people in it or what could be great.
3. Entries close 5pm February 26, 2021. Any entries received after this date will not be eligible for the draw.
4. There will be 2 winners drawn from each Ward, with 3 winners from Craigburn Ward. These will be drawn at random on Tuesday March 2, 2021, at 131 Belair Road Torrens Park, South Australia.
5. Each winner will receive a voucher to the value of $250. All food purchased MUST come from a local supplier, receipts will need to be sent through post event. A maximum of 60 invitations will be provided to each winner.
6. BBQ’s are to be held between the dates of Sunday March 28, 2020 and Sunday May 2, 2021.
7. The Elected Members from your Ward are to be invited to your BBQ through Council staff.
8. All BBQ's need to be hosted in alignment with current Directions from SA Health to ensure we assist in stopping the spread of COVID 19.
9. The winner of the BBQ will need to provide a minimum of two pictures of the gathering, along with a short summary to the City of Mitcham; these items may be used for marketing purposes.
10. If there is the need to postpone the event, Council needs to be contacted and a new date agreed upon.
11. Council staff may contact you 6 months after the gathering to establish if this initiative has assisted in social connectedness.
Make Every Day Neighbour Day
While Neighbour Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday in March, there is no need to wait until then to experience the feel good feeling and the many other benefits of being neighbourly.
Here are 10 top ways that you can be neighbourly and build local community connections any time:
- Smile, wave and say hello to people in your neighbourhood.
- Celebrate special event days with your neighbours and organise an event like an Easter egg hunt, Carols, Ramadan Feast, or a visit from Santa.
- Offer to look after your neighbour's pets or pick up their mail while they are away.
- Share cuttings or excess produce from your garden.
- Take in your neighbour's rubbish bin.
- Drop a Christmas card in your neighbours letterbox.
- If there is a blackout or heatwave, bushfire warning, check in on your neighbours who may be more vulnerable and see that they are ok.
- Share some home cooking as a welcome to a new neighbour or a friendly gesture to neighbours you already know.
Why have Neighbour Day?
- Strengthen communities and build better relationships with the people who live around us
- Create safer, healthier and more vibrant suburbs and towns
- Promote tolerance, respect and understanding
- Break down community barriers
- Protect the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged