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Gladstone residents on good terms with those over the fence

Neighbourhood cricket is a good indicator of a friendly neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood cricket is a good indicator of a friendly neighbourhood. Doug Eaton

HOW well do you know your neighbours?

If there was ever a day to introduce yourself, it's Sunday March 31.

Since 2003, National Neighbour Day has aimed to bring community members together. The Gladstone region has experienced huge industrial growth in the past year and with it has come a high turnover of residents.

Despite this, it seems Gladstone residents are on good terms with those over the fence. Last year, Gladstone Regional Council issued 34 advices relating to neighbourhood disputes.

Of all advices issued in 2012, these made up just 5 %.

A Gladstone Regional Council spokeswoman said the increase in population posed both negatives and positives in terms of neighbourliness.

"One positive is the lower number of 'cliquey' neighbourhoods, meaning residents are more willing to say hello," the spokeswoman said.

"One negative is that some residents find it difficult to integrate with the Gladstone community as they reside here for only a short time."

Gladstone Regional Council said it was important to remember not all suburbs in the Gladstone Region had the same neighbourly situations. "In the region's long established areas, many residents have lived in the same house for more than 40 years, giving them time to get to know their neighbours very well. In the newer areas of the Gladstone Region, it is more difficult for residents to get to know their neighbours.

"In this situation children become the catalyst for bonding neighbours. When children play out in the street or at a local park, parents tend to meet and greet and thus become more neighbourly."

Topics:  gladstone regional council, neighbours



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