Big numbers for Lara neighbourly catch-up

April 11, 2022 BY

More than 350 Lara locals enjoyed a community safety and engagement event on Sunday. Photos: RACV/ANDREW HOBBS PHOTOGRAPHY

LARA community members have reacquainted themselves with their neighbours at a community connection event aimed at re-engaging locals following COVID lockdowns.

About 350 residents visited Grand Lakes Estate on Sunday for a day of free community activities and valuable safety advice.
Neighbourhood Watch and RACV partnered to deliver the day, which aimed to reconnect locals after long periods of isolation through the pandemic.

Children’s activities including petting zoos, face painting and displays from emergency responders provided the entertainment, while community members also learned about important everyday safety tips like fitting child seats, home security and what to do in the event of a car breakdown.

Neighbourhood Watch CEO Bambi Gordon said the event aimed to create communities that felt friendly to its residents so they felt secure.

“After coming out of a time when we have all been so disconnected, it is so important to foster a sense of true neighbourhood so people can look out for each other, and reach out when they need,” Ms Gordon said.




RACV’s head of business and home insurance Kirsty Hayes also said community connections were crucial for safety.

“We have seen from our partnership with Neighbourhood Watch that the more neighbours you know, the safer you feel. It gives you a chance to stay alert if any issues arise in the area,” Ms Hayes said.

“Taking that first step to familiarise yourself with other locals, having some fun and learning about home security can all go a long way in keeping your possessions and family safe.”