Growing our Neighbourhoods is the City of Armadale’s universal, community capacity building approach to improve neighbourhood connections and support safe communities. Neighbourhood connection encourages:
- Community safety
- A sense of belonging
- Reduction in isolation
- Personal safety
- Community support
- Family and child safety
- Collective ownership of public places
- Active residents
The City of Armadale is committed to working with residents and local community groups in fostering connection and community pride. The City’s Community Development team will host workshops, coffee catch ups and BBQs to assist residents in getting to know each other and explore their own neighbourhood, with toolkits available for neighbourhood gatherings.
From February 2022, the City will host coffee catch ups facilitated by Neighbourhood Connect Inc., a national not-for-profit community organisation helping people connect and strengthen communities. Come along and learn how to connect with your neighbours!
Neighbourhood Connect Inc. has a range of ideas on their website.
As a ‘Very Neighbourly Organisation’, the City of Armadale is proud to uphold and promote the principles of Neighbours Every Day.
Neighbours Every Day is Relationships Australia’s social connection campaign promoting the benefits of social connection and building capacity for everyone in Australia to make and maintain respectful relationships. Together with Relationships Australia, the City of Armadale is dedicated to helping create belonging across the City and building inclusive communities residents what to live in, one relationships at a time.
Neighbours Every Day aims to empower everyone in Australia to create belonging: for themselves, for their families and for their neighbours. Community members can do this by focusing on inclusion and connection, making others welcome, and by building respectful relationships with those around us. Whether through a cuppa, a picnic in the park, a message of support or a simple act of friendship with those around us, connection can, and should, be something we all strive for whenever we can.
To help with this mission the Neighbours Every Day campaign provides simple, practical tools to create belonging every day of the year. Visit the Neighbours Every Day website for more information and additional resources.
The City of Armadale invites residents to get to know their neighbours through Neighbour Every Day’s Day of Action - Neighbour Day, celebrated on the last Sunday of March each year. Neighbour Day provides the perfect opportunity to increase social connection in Armadale and you can celebrate in a variety of ways including hosting or supporting events. Register or find an event at the Neighbours Every Day national register.
Keep an eye on this space for future initiatives the City of Armadale may introduce closer to Neighbour Day held nationally on Sunday 26th March 2023.
The City of Armadale recognises that there are many community groups and organisations operating within the City advocating for their suburbs and providing a space for members to share information and discuss important topics. The Community Development team would like to assist these groups and organisations by providing an opportunity for group leaders or nominated representatives to get together to collaborate, share information, celebrate successes and discuss goals and future projects.
Although the City will help establish and support the network, this will be a network led by community groups and organisations. The goal of the network is to encourage stronger relationships between likeminded groups and organisations, provide professional development and learning opportunities, and promote civic engagement and social interaction through residents’ participation in community action.
Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness, and can offer extra meaning and purpose to everyday life. The City of Armadale encourages residents to get involved in community groups or organisations that interest them, not only for the social connectedness participation provides, but also as an opportunity to create belonging and better neighbourhoods for all residents to enjoy.
Further information on the Armadale Neighbourhood Connections Network will be provided shortly, however if you are an administrator or committee member of a community group or organisation (including Facebook groups) and have a focus on social connectedness and information sharing and would like to register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Jade Bryan.
The City of Armadale has tips on keeping your home safe (Home Safety and Security https://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/home-safety-and-security), but how can you become an advocate for street and neighbourhood safety?
The first step is to get to know your neighbours!
- Spend time outdoors in your neighbourhood and get connected with your community
- Let you neighbours know when you are heading out of town
- Join your local Neighbourhood Watch or Community Group to know what is happening
- Teach your children street and self-safety
- Maintain the appearance of your front yard
- Close your blinds at night
- Increase eyes on the street for passive surveillance (utilise your front yard and remove any obstacles that could be used to hide)
- If you see something suspicious happening in your street, report it! Call Police on 131 444
Did you know the City has a community activity trailer that's available to activate your community and is free of charge for community groups? The trailer has a built in BBQ and fridge, and contains a full suite of equipment needed to run a small community event. Groups can use this trailer to run fundraisers or simply host events in the community.
Use of the trailer is free, all you are required to do is fill out a booking application form and pay a returnable bond. You do not need a 4WD to borrow this as the trailer has been designed to be towed by the average family vehicle with a tow bar.
For more information on this project, please visit the webpage here.
Closed now for 2022/2023 Financial Year
The City of Armadale's Security Incentive Scheme offers rebates to help residents improve the level of security within their home by installing security devices. Rebates up to the value of $200 (or $250 for approved concession card holders) are available for the following home security devices:
- Home intruder alarms
- CCTV systems
- Keyed window locks
- Security sensor lights
- Security screen doors
- Security window screens
- Roller shutters
- Video doorbells
- Meter Box Security
- Door deadlocks
Please note eligibility criteria have changed. Residents are now only eligible for a rebate every five years.
The Security Incentive Scheme has closed for this financial year 2022/2023. Please contact us in July 2023 for the next round.
Please note that as this scheme has a limited budget, the City provides no guarantee that a security rebate can be provided to all applicants if the allocated budget is fully expended prior to the end of the financial year.
WA Seniors Card Member - State Government Safety and Security Rebate
If you are a WA Seniors Card member, you can apply to receive the Safety and Security Rebate which allows a claim of up to $400 per household towards the purchase of eligible home security or safety item.
For Terms and Conditions and information about each eligible item please visit the Government of Western Australia website here.
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