News

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




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Iconic CBD buildings featured in new public art project

Gladstone artist Geoff Head created the ten linocuts of Gladstone buildings that are now on Goondoon St.

The project aims to liven up the Gladstone CBD

Ken’s beauty ‘saloon’ slip cheers up Barnaby on a cold day

Professor Owen Niven with deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Ken O'Dowd.

The deputy prime minister was in Gladstone to hear Mr O’Dowd’s pitch

820 LNG workers set to re-enter Gladstone job market

Onsite at Australia Pacific LNG. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

"I’m trying to stay because I like Gladstone"

Latest deals and offers

Public art at Goondoon St

Gladstone artist Geoff Head created the ten linocuts of Gladstone buildings that are now displayed on Goondoon St.

Gladstone artist Geoff Head explains where his idea came from to create linocuts of...

Ken cheers up Barnaby

Professor Owen Niven with deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Ken O'Dowd.

Ken O'Dowd's slip of the tongue cheered up deputy premier Barnaby Joyce this...

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%