Hobart highlights good neighbours in the community

Over the past two decades North Hobart resident Robyn Saunders has fostered meaningful connections with her neighbours and regularly offers a helping hand when needed or engages in some friendly chats across the fence.

“We all look out for each other. I live on my own, so it’s quite nice to know there are other people around I can trust,” Ms Saunders said.

“I have been living on this street for 24 years and although some people come and go, I try to make positive connections with everyone.

“People these days seem to cut themselves off from others with taller fences and more isolated lives but I love reaching out to my neighbours for a quick chat or a cuppa.”

This unique neighbourly connection was highlighted by the Hobart City Council and Relationships Australia as an example of a resilient community that had fostered respectful and supportive relationships.

This recognition coincided with Relationships Australia’s 21st annual Neighbour Day campaign.

Hobart Mayor Anna Reynolds said everyone had a role to play in strengthening the local community and creating a sense of belonging for all Hobart residents.

“We can share belonging by focusing on genuine inclusion and connection, making others welcome and by challenging ourselves to connect through empathy and compassion,” Mayor Reynolds said.

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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