Street parties, events make good neighbourhoods

Keeping in mind that Gazza’s Garage Sales started life promoting street garage sales, we found this interesting article..

Street PartiesCOUNCILS have been urged to do more to bring neighbours together

Victoria University community psychologist Heather Gridley said local councils had an important role in facilitating street parties, social groups and community events.

They could help by reducing red tape associated with street parties or community events, and providing permits and insurance, she said.

She applauded Port Phillip Council’s work to promote street parties by providing “road closed” signs and making permits easy to obtain.

This had fostered a real sense of community in the area, which includes St Kilda and Elwood, she said.

“Neighbour relations are so good that people babysit for each other, shop together, take in mail for neighbours who are away and check up on older residents,” she said.

“We are so busy these days that people can become quite insular. Many people work long hours, which reduces time to interact with friends and neighbours, so there is a greater role for councils in facilitating community cohesiveness.”

Source: PartyOz

Street parties

Suggestions for Street Parties….

Celebrate your street

Street parties are a great way to celebrate and get to know your neighbours. The City of Melbourne, in collaboration with the Carlton Police Community Consultative Committee, encourages residents to celebrate together.

There’s a lot to think about when you are organising a party in a public street. Insurance, equipment such as barbecues and gas bottles, first aid, safety, road closures, signs and barricades – the list can be daunting.

  • permit application forms;
  • access to barbecues and gas bottles
  • first aid kit, incident book and fire extinguisher;
  • traffic management and road closures; and
  • help make sure everyone enjoys the party.
  • public liability insurance

Source: Street Parties – Celebrate your street – City of Melbourne