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Be creative
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Jun 2021

When neighbours connect, there is an opportunity to take collective action on an issue, or develop a project to create fun, beautiful and interesting neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood projects can include:

  • Building a park bench.
  • Planting a community garden.
  • Painting street numbers.
  • Start a collective economy through sharing and exchanging resources i.e. food, books, tools.
  • Decorating neighbourhood treesHosting a street clean up.  
  • Creating a neighbourhood newsletter.
So take the time to get creative and learn new things with your neighbours to build the neighbourhood you have always wanted.  

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” Maya Angelou

Inspiration for creating together

  • TED Talks 
    Search for talks on ‘neighbourhood projects’ and discover what other neighbourhoods have created.
  • Spare Harvest 
    A movement of like-minded people who relish and practice the value of living more sustainable.
  • Living Smart 
    Find useful life hacks to save time and money while creating a healthy living environment with your family.
  • Our Permaculture Life 
    A selection of films with Morag Gamble where you can browse over 100 permaculture how-to films, garden visits, interviews and masterclasses.
  • Permaculture College Australia 
    Robyn Francis has put together a planting guide for an abundant garden, perfectly suited to our sub-tropical climate.
  • RetroSuburbia 
    David Holmgren co-originator of the permaculture concepts brings you the downshifters guide to a resilient future. The book is currently available for download for whatever people choose to pay.
  • Skill Share 
    Discover free classes on DIY crafts and creativity, watch, play and learn to support your project. 
  • YouTube
    Is full of expert video tutorials where you can learn new skills.
    How to Start a Community Project in 10 Steps
    Great Home Ideas
    Handyman Magazine
    DIY Hip Chicks 

Small grants to strengthen neighbourhoods 

Community groups can apply for funding to support one-off projects, events and activities that connect, activate and strengthen your neighbourhood. 

Applications are now open and close 4 May in council’s Community Grants Program for a minor grant up to $2000. 

For any queries please contact the Community Connections Team on (07) 5420 8616 or grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

At Home in My Neighbourhood toolkit

Use the toolkit help you plan your neighbourhood project. The toolkit includes hints and tips, templates and checklists designed to assist you in making your experience as enjoyable and successful as possible.