MEDIA RELEASE - STREET PARTY THIS SUMMER
Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh called on Canberrans to get out and party this summer by having their neighbours around for a street party.
Over recent years Andrew Leigh and his wife Gweneth have hosted a street party for their neighbours on three occasions.
“Street parties are a great way for all the neighbours to get to know one another,” said Andrew Leigh.
“The festive season provides a perfect excuse to have the street around one weekend afternoon for drinks and a bit of fun.
“I’ll let you into a secret – it’s almost no work to organise. Pick a date, print a short invite and walk them around to the neighbours. And thanks to the magic acronym BYO all you have to do is provide the venue.
“To make it even easier I’ve put a template invitation on my website, www.andrewleigh.com.
“Knowing your neighbours makes life easier when you decide to replace the fence, host a noisy party, or hit a cricket ball into their yards. You’re also less likely to get burgled if your neighbours know you,” said Andrew Leigh.
Twenty-eight percent of Australian’s in a 2004 Hawker Britton poll answered that they have no social interactions with their neighbours. Over the past twenty years or so the average number of neighbours from whom Australian can ask favours from or neighbours they can simply drop in on have declined. In the last two decades Australians have lost one to two close neighbours who will do them a favour and lost three close neighbours who they can drop in on.
“Street parties are a bit of fun and good way to build social capital in our suburbs,” concluded Andrew Leigh.
Gweneth and Andrew Leigh will be having their neighbours around for their street’s annual party in Hackett this Saturday afternoon.
And here's the template invitation:
With the holiday season upon us, our family is hosting the street end-of-year gathering. Please join us for neighbourly drinks and nibbles – to catch up with friends, meet new faces, and celebrate the festive season.
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