Planning your event
Ideas for neighbourhood gatherings:
- Morning/afternoon tea
- Street party
- Kids' treasure hunt at your local park
- Sports event e.g. cricket match
- Joint garage sale
- Street BBQ
Decide what sort of gathering you will hold and a date and time that will suit your neighbours. Choose a venue - it may be a back garden, local reserve or you may decide to hire a venue.
You can apply for a Meet Your Street subsidy. This is limited to $75.00 per application.
Send out invitations and ask people to 'bring a plate' of food to share or contribute in some way. Deliver invitations in plenty of time before the event. Invitations let your neighbours know of your gathering and who to contact for more information and to RSVP.
How about an Active Gathering!
We all know that sport brings nations together in so many ways, so how about using sport and recreation to bring your neighbours together? Grab your neighbours, get some sport and recreation equipment, food and music, head down to a local park or invite them into your backyard!
An active neighbourhood gathering does not need to be big and doesn’t have to cost a lot. You might be surprised to find what sports equipment people have and are happy to share.
Here are some tips and things to think about:
- Float the idea of a sport and recreation gathering with your neighbours to drum up some interest and support
- Find out who has what, and what they are willing to contribute
- Find a portable stereo and appropriate music to help create the atmosphere
- Set up an area to allow older adults or those wanting a rest from the activities to relax
- Think of some 'old school' games like ‘Go Home, Stay Home’ or ‘Stiff Candle’ to keep the children entertained, and take turns at running these
- Most importantly, create a welcoming and friendly environment (maybe even a sign that the kids could help paint or make.