Everybody needs good neighbours

Lismore mayor Merv King (right) with neighbour and friend Ken Hirst. Cr King is encouraging people to say gday to their neighbours this Sunday for Neighbour Day.

When the body of an elderly woman was found in her Melbourne home two years after her death, many people found it hard to believe that no-one, not even neighbours, had realised she was dead.

It was this tragic incident that inspired Neighbour Day, which aims to create a greater sense of community by encouraging people to say hello and connect with their neighbours.

This Sunday, March 30, is Neighbour Day and Lismore mayor Merv King is urging people to get out of the house and go and meet the people who live on your street.

Whether they become good mates or you simply know theres a friendly face to call on in times of emergency, Cr King says its a comforting thing to live amongst people you know and trust, particularly when youre isolated or elderly.

Saying gday to your neighbours this Sunday is one way you can help create the community you want to live in, Cr King said. Council encourages people to think of ways they can get together with neighbours in their street, whether its a game of cricket, a BBQ or just hello to an elderly neighbour who lives alone.


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