Five Neighbour Day events planned by community groups offered people a range of ways to connect and share food together in local parks within the City of Kwinana
Mayor Carol Adams said grants of $2000 were made available by the City for community groups to run local neighbourhood events, with an extra $1000 to match any other contribution, so some groups received $3000 in total from the City.
Neighbour Day, usually celebrated on the last weekend of March, is Relationship Australia's social connection campaign that encourages people to reach out and make sustainable connections.
The Kwinana Hockey Club organised an event in Orelia on Saturday, 26 March, with a raft of family activities including a bouncy castle and extreme obstacle course.
On the same day, a local youth group known as the Outdoor Adventure Group gathered people together for a round of mini golf, fairy floss and popcorn and giant games at Calista Oval.
On the Sunday, Kwinana in Transition organised an event at the historic Sloan's Cottage, complete with community arts projects, lawn games and live music for people to enjoy over a sausage sizzle or ice cream.
The Medina Residents Group opted for a nutritious lunch in the lush shade of Ridley Green, offering eco sustainability information plus a wellness tent and even a Ninja obstacle course.
A petting zoo, pony rides, and woodturning demonstrations kept families entertained at the Wandi Community Centre Oval with free beef rolls and a sausage sizzle organised by the Wandi Progress Association as host of the event.
Each event also provided tips to help people connect to their community and combat isolation, including Neighbourhood Watch resources. The community safety packs handed out also included tools and tips to mark and protect property.
(Photo courtesy of Wild Folie)