Five 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.
The City of Melville’s Friendly Neighbour Awards give people 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 open from Monday, 1 April to Monday, 15 April 2019 and the community voted for their favourite submissions from Wednesday, 17 April to Friday, 3 May on the City’s community engagement platform, Melville Talks.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey congratulated this year’s award recipients and said that they demonstrate the types of values and behaviours that make neighbourhoods not just a great place to live, but have a real sense of community and neighbourly feel.
“These five inspirational residents show that community spirit is alive and strong and that taking the time to get to know your neighbours and be an active community member has a significant and positive impact on the whole community,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“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 those in their neighbourhoods − you are what make our City a great place to live.”
2019 Friendly Neighbour Award winners::
- Paul from Booragoon, nominated for “being the friendliest neighbour on the street. Always taking the opportunity to have a chat with someone walking or driving by. “
- Melissa from Leeming, nominated for “being kind, inclusive and generous. Just a friendly wave each morning helps to make a better day. That’s when my neighbour became a good friend.”
- Phil from Applecross, nominated for “everything! Just a general nice guy, always friendly, always helpful and always puts a smile on your face!”
- Melissa from Brentwood, nominated for “being an amazing member of the Brentwood community, organising Christmas parties, devoting all of her time to the Brentwood community and always offers her support irrespectiven of background or circumstances.”
- Lindsey and Jane from Leeming, nominated for “being friend, confidant, nurse and mental health check in to all.”
Each award recipient received a Friendly Neighbour Award and a $100 Stockland Bull Creek gift voucher.
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,” Mayor Aubrey said.
To apply for a Friendly Neighbour Grant, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/FriendlyNeighbours .
For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/friendlyneighbours or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666