Say G'day on Bin Day
Say G'day on Bin Day aims to raise awareness about connecting with your neighbours. When neighbours know each other, our communities are safer and stronger.
The City of Launceston is encouraging all residents to create new community connections by saying g'day to their neighbours on bin day.
The campaign was concepted in City of Launceston's ABCDE Learning Site Community Workshop facilitated by Peter Kenyon, in November 2021. As a result, this community-led project had a focus on "get to know your neighbour" with a simple, but effective bin sticker campaign reminding us to connect with our neighbours.
Neighbour Day 2022 was held on March 27, and marking the event's 20th anniversary, a series of bin stickers were designed in collaboration with students from Kings Meadows High School as part of a City of Launceston Learning Site project.
The stickers feature the tagline: "When neighbours know each other, our communities are safer and stronger", and have been distributed to homes in the northern suburbs, Youngtown and Kings Meadows.
This campaign is supported by the Australian Red Cross ‘50 ways to do more good’ campaign, Relationships Australia and Australia Post - who have kindly donated their services to assist in delivering the Say G'day on Bin Day wheelie bin stickers.
Launceston - A Welcoming City
In 2019, City of Launceston kicked off a community consultation program called Tomorrow Together. This program is the largest community consultation program ever undertaken by the City of Launceston.
Almost half of participants in the survey were very uncomfortable or uncomfortable (49%) with the knowledge that Launceston’s population had grown very little over the past decade. However, since 2020 Launceston has experienced some of the strongest population growth seen in recent years with over 1,400 new residents calling Launceston home.
You can view the State of the City Launceston (August 2022) Report here.
Now is a wonderful time to make these new residents, who may be your new neighbours, feel welcome in our beautiful city.
Say G'day on Bin Day Resources
Use the resources below to discover more ways to connect with your neighbours and in turn, help build a stronger community.
Be inspired by 50 ways to do more good | Australian Red Cross
Participate in Neighbour Day | Relationships Australia
Browse Facebook for local "Community" groups such as Launceston Community Group, Dilston Windermere Swan Bay Community, Legana Community Connect, Youngtown and Kings Meadows Community Group - ABCDE Learning Site or just search an interest of yours to see what other groups are in your area.
How to connect with your neighbours on bin day
Next time you take the bins out - say "hello" to your neighbour! Any bin day is a good day to say g'day.
Once you have connected there are many ways to help your neighbour:
- bring in their bins
- water their garden if they're away
- keep an eye on their property if they are away
- feed their chooks/look after a pet
- share garden produce (someone always has a lemon tree!)
- give them a tomato plant
- borrow a cup of sugar
- even just a friendly welcome note when someone new moves into the neighbourhood.
Did you know that getting to know your neighbour is a great way to solve potential disturbances?
Your neighbour may not be aware that they are causing you a noise disturbance. An effective solution to your noise problem is to talk to your neighbour.
Effective communication with your neighbour, and explaining to them how their noise disturbs your sleep, relaxation or work can be an effective way to resolve the noise issue.
Dealing with these issues early can help you avoid a dispute.