Entries open for Good Neighbour Awards

Entries are now open for Shellharbour City Council’s 17th annual Good Neighbour Awards. The event celebrates neighbours and the relationships that make their neighbourhood a great place to live. 

The awards are held in conjunction with Neighbour Day, Australia’s annual celebration of community. This year’s theme is: “the importance of a supportive neighbourhood for children and young people.” 

Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said the awards aimed to build connections between residents within neighbourhoods.

“Council believes in recognising and thanking the good neighbours in Shellharbour for their time, effort and willingness to assist others,” Cr Saliba said.

“Good neighbours help improve community safety and the quality of life in our community. The support and assistance good neighbours can provide is endless.

“This can be anything from looking after gardens, children and pets, to preparing meals at difficult times, and simply checking in on one another to make sure they’re okay.”

This year the Good Neighbour Awards includes a drawing competition for children aged 12 and under. Prizes include gift vouchers from sponsors up to the value of $500.

Nomination forms are available on Council’s website, Facebook page and at Council’s Civic Centre.

Nominations close 4.30pm on Friday 20 April 2018. The 2018 Neighbour of the Year will be announced at the Good Neighbour Awards event in May.

The 2017 Neighbours of the Year were Therese and Steve Campbell. Cr Saliba said they were nominated for always going that one-step further.

“Every week, rain, hail or shine they brought in their neighbour’s bins before they got home from work. They used their gardening knowledge to assist their neighbour in tidying their garden and helped remove some tree branches causing their neighbour concern.

“They are a tremendous example to the community. I know that there are plenty of good neighbours out there who are just like them so why not say thank you by nominating them.”

Media enquiries: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008.