Six residents have been awarded a City of Melville Friendly Neighbour Award this week following a community nomination and voting campaign that saw people share and vote on stories of fantastic neighbours in their local communities.
The City of Melville’s Friendly Neighbour Awards gives local residents the opportunity to recognise the amazing people in their neighbourhoods who go above and beyond to make their community a safe and friendly place to live.
Nominations were accepted from 26 March to 16 April 2018 and the community voted for their favourite neighbours during an open voting period on the City’s community engagement platform, Melville Talks.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey congratulated the award recipients.
“These six inspirational residents show that community spirit is alive and strong within the City of Melville and that you don’t have to make grand gestures to be a great neighbour. Small gestures can have a significant, positive impact on those who live in your community,” said Mayor Aubrey.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to each and every one of our Friendly Neighbour Award winners and to all our residents who offer a helping hand and look out for others in their neighbourhood - you are what makes our City a safe and friendly place to live.”
The 2018 Friendly Neighbour Award recipients were:
- Rodney of Booragoon, nominated for lending a helping hand to everyone in the neighbourhood, including looking after dogs, handyman work, collecting mail, putting bins out and caring for the local park.
- Shakir of Willagee, who is known as the neighbourhood sheriff, jumping on his motorbike to help whenever there is a problem.
- Irene of Booragoon, nominated for always being around for support when things go wrong and cooking for neighbours when they are sick.
- Norm of Bicton, nominated for welcoming new neighbours into the area with a neighbourhood morning tea.
- Alan of Applecross, nominated for looking after his elderly neighbour by bringing her cakes, cooking for her and always being available to help.
- Wally of Melville, nominated for being a nice neighbour who helps the whole neighbourhood by bringing in bins and helping to mow lawns
Each Award recipient will receive a $100 gift voucher from the City.
The City of Melville developed its Friendly Neighbour initiative in 2013, which aims to encourage and assist people to take that first step in communicating with and befriending their neighbours, and provide support for events such as, the Friendly Neighbour Awards and Friendly Neighbourhood Grants.
“Friendly Neighbour Grants of up to $250 are available to all residents all year-round, to help people host an event in their neighbourhood, which to-date have included gatherings such as barbeques and street parties,” said Mayor Aubrey.
To apply for a $250 Friendly Neighbour Grant visit www.melvillecity.com.au/FriendlyNeighbours.