It’s that time of the year when we spend time outdoors relaxing with family and friends. If you don’t know your neighbours, this could be the perfect time to introduce yourself.

Getting to know your neighbours helps build strong and resilient communities. It also provides a sense of security and wellbeing, helps develop new friendships and connects community members.

Earlier this week, Council adopted a new Street Party Policy.

It is now easier for neighbours to organise a street party in a safe and familiar environment, with local residents from their own street.

The process to apply for a street party has been simplified with clearer details and directions. In addition, it is now cheaper for residents to obtain a permit with the application fee reduced from $129.50 to $100. 

Council’s public liability insurance now covers street parties, saving residents about $70 per street party. The number of street parties permitted per day has increased from three to six parties. Residents will be able to choose to host a street party at a time that suits them before 9pm.   

The revised Street Party Policy will apply to this Christmas period. I encourage you to get together with your neighbours and enjoy some time with your local community.


Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara

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