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Publication date: Friday, 23 March 2018
Building relationships with the people who live around us is the best way of creating a safe and supportive community for our children, according to the NSW Government’s free dispute resolution service Community Justice Centres (CJC).
CJC Director Katrina Spyrides said Neighbour Day on Sunday, 25 March, provides the perfect opportunity for NSW families get to know the people on their street.
“Whether it’s a cuppa, a street party or a BBQ in the park, Neighbour Day events are a wonderful way of building caring and considerate relationships,” Ms Spyrides said.
Every year, Community Justice Centres partner with Neighbour Day to promote harmonious relationships within communities. This year, the theme is The importance of a supportive neighbourhood for children and young people.
“All neighbours can work together to create a safe environment for children,” Ms Spyrides said.
“As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and young people who see adult neighbours being friendly and kind to each other will most likely grow up to be great neighbours.”
Ms Spyrides said people who know their neighbours and treat them with respect are in a better position to resolve any conflict that arises.
“It’s vital to have a good platform for communication. Neighbours who remain virtual strangers are less likely to give each other the benefit of the doubt or talk about issues early, which means small problems become big ones,” Ms Spyrides said.
Community Justice Centres receive thousands of calls every year from NSW residents seeking advice about resolving neighbourhood disputes.
Neighbours in dispute can contact CJC on 1800 990 777 to discuss options for resolution or to arrange free mediation in their area.
Impartial and trained mediators run sessions across NSW, with over 80 per cent of cases resulting in an agreement.
For more information visit: www.neighbourday.org. To find out more about Community Justice Centres go to: www.cjc.nsw.gov.au