Your neighbourhood

From neighbourhood gatherings to Neighbour Day celebrations, there are plenty of ways to get involved with your City of PAE community.

We encourage neighbourhood gatherings

We encourage and support our community to host small community celebrations and neighbourhood gatherings. We also want to make things easier for residents, community groups and sporting clubs to come together safely in public spaces by covering the cost of street closures and insurance.

Why? Neighbourhood gatherings help to bring local communities together and give everyone a chance to meet the people who live around them. Watch our Stories from our Neighbourhood films for inspiration on how local people are creating connections.

If you'd like to organise a neighbourhood gathering in PAE, we can help by:

  • Funding a road closure for eligible local streets
  • Covering the cost of insurance for small neighbour gatherings

Celebrate Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together people next door, across the street and throughout the city. Neighbour Day falls on the last Sunday in March each year. For over 20 years, Neighbour Day has progressed from a reminder to connect with our elderly neighbours to a celebration of respectful relationships and strong communities.

Our communities are only as strong as the people who live in them, which is why Neighbour Day provides a chance to pause, reflect and celebrate the people who live around us. We know how vital neighbours are to each other during bushfires, floods and emergencies, but everyday actions like borrowing garden tools, collecting the mail, taking in the recycling bin or walking the kids to school are easy to forget.

Working together to create healthy, tolerant, inclusive suburbs and towns and to build social connections must be a goal for every Australian, no matter where we live or what our personal circumstances are.

Over the years, our community have told us that they like Neighbour Day because it gives them ‘permission’ or perhaps a legitimate ‘excuse’ to build connections with neighbours and try something neighbourly without feeling intrusive.

While Neighbour Day is officially celebrated on the last Sunday in March each year, the purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of social connection which makes us feel better and helps prevent loneliness and isolation. It encourages people to make meaningful connections that last beyond the day itself.

How to get involved

Each March, we collaborate with our partners across the City of PAE and other local community groups and organisations to put together a series of free events and activities across the region for everyone to enjoy.