At home in my neighbourhood title houses and people having fun together
Be social
  • Last updated:
  • 04 Nov 2021
Neighbourhood gatherings are an opportunity to build friendships and develop a sense of belonging among residents.

Be creative and have fun, neighbourhood gatherings can include:

  • Picnics and barbeques - decorate your garden and invite everyone to bring a picnic basket and rug.
  • Pot of luck - have a house party and ask everyone to bring a dish.
  • Conversation circles – invite neighbours around to talk about subjects of interest, you could even hear from a guest.
  • Backyard movie night – throw out some rugs and bring out the popcorn. 
  • Pet parade – meet your neighbourhood pets, dress them up and enjoy the shenanigans! 
  • Sidewalk chalk – create a rainbow of colour that connects from one house to the next.
  • Gaming night – dress up like high rollers and bet with match sticks. 
  • Garden tour – don’t forget your secateurs for clippings!
  • Photography exhibition -  photograph your neighbourhood and host an exhibition.
  • Book club – people that read together, succeed together!
  • Starting an exercise group – walk and talk. 
  • Diner en Blanc - set up a temporary, chic dining area. Guests come dressed in white to enjoy quality food and wine. 

Public or private land

You will need to consider if your gathering is to take place on private or public land. 

Private land includes your yard, house, garage, driveway and a shared common area or roof top within a block of units.

Private land can be managed as you would any private function.

Public land includes your neighbourhood park or reserve, the verge, your street, a cul-de-sac, alleyway or parking area.  If you wish to hold a gathering in a public park with more than 50 people attending, or you need to close your street for a party, you will need a permit from Council. 

Please contact council's customer service centre to discuss your event before completing the application form. 

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