Why not throw a street party this summer? - 1 December 2013



With summer now officially here, Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh called on Canberrans to get out and party this season by having their neighbours around for a street party.

“Street parties are a great way to reconnect with neighbours and 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.

“It’s easier than you think and a great way to build community spirit. Simply 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.

Street parties can also be held at a local park or in the street itself provided its safe.

“To make it even easier I’ve put a template invitation on my website (see below) to use or adapt.”

“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.”

Over the past two decades there’s been a noticeable drop in the number of neighbours Australians feel able to ask favours from or neighbours they can simply drop in on.

“Street parties are a bit of fun and good way to build social capital in our suburbs.”

Sunday, 1 December 2013



We’re holding a summer street party to celebrate the season and get to know the neighbourhood.

Our address is: _______________________________

Time: _______________________________

Date: _______________________________

RSVP by phoning: _______________________________

Please bring something to eat or something to drink.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Cnr Gungahlin Pl and Efkarpidis Street, Gungahlin ACT 2912 | 02 6247 4396 | [email protected] | Authorised by A. Leigh MP, Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch), Canberra.