Community members who have gone above and beyond to support their neighbours have been recognised by Shellharbour City Council in its 20th annual Good Neighbour Awards.
The Good Neighbour Awards coincide with Neighbour Day, an annual celebration that aims to increase positive and sustainable social connections between people and communities throughout Australia.
Shellharbour City Mayor Marianne Saliba said that the awards highlighted the powerful impact a strong sense of community could have on families and individuals.
“Each year council recognises and pays thanks to all the good neighbours in Shellharbour for their time, effort and willingness to assist others,” Cr Saliba said.
“Good neighbours help improve safety and the overall quality of life in our community,” Cr Saliba said.
Award winners received prizes from sponsors – Kmart Shellharbour, Stockland Shellharbour, Bunnings and the Shellharbour Club.
The awards ceremony also recognised winners from 2020, due to the cancellation of last year’s event.
2021 award winners
Good Neighbour of the year – The Bailey Family
Nomination said, “They exemplify the most caring and helpful neighbours who look after many people in need in the Barrack Point community. They host dinners and afternoon teas to bring people together and ensure the single, elderly have connections to their neighbours. Lisa provided personal assistance in helping neighbour, who was diagnosed with cancer, get to her medical appointments and gave her daily support as she had no close relatives. Dan
maintained her lawns and assisted her with technology needs. Jack, Harry and Sarah spent time chatting, making cards and baked goods. The family connects with & invites 90 year old Johnny to Christmas lunch so he is not alone and can share his memories of coming to Australia. Lisa and Dan organise Warilla Cricket Club and the local Judo club encouraging all children who attend.”
Street of the year – Bottlebrush Drive, Calderwood
Drawing of the year – Kaylea (4 years old). Kaylea nominated her neighbour Allyson Weston, she wrote “She is friendly and always takes the time to talk to me, play games and read books with me. My neighbour likes me to help her make cakes and pick mulberry tree, she even takes me to Bunnings”.
2020 award winners
Good Neighbour of the Year – Barbara Burgis
Nomination said, “Barbara has lived in the area for a long time, bringing up her family here. In that time she has made herself a valuable person in her complex (where she lives). She cares for many of the older residents – shopping for them, taking them to Doctors etc. and often taking them a home cooked meal to help out. She also checks on several people to make sure they are up in the morning…. She is always busy but always has time for a chat and a smile with everyone.”
Street of the year – Henricks Avenue, Mount Warrigal
Drawing of the year – Rose (8 years old). Rose nominated her neighbour Peter Smoday. Rose wrote “He always makes me laugh and he lets me help him in the garden”.