Connected community brings neighbours closer

On Sunday 29 March, Australia will celebrate Neighbour Day, an initiative from Relationships Australia, which this year is a timely reminder for everyone to check in on those most vulnerable in their community.

Although many events have been postponed or cancelled, Relationships Australia has recommended neighbours find other ways to connect with each other and make meaningful connections – without necessarily meeting face-to-face.

AVID Property Group (AVID), the developer behind the Brentwood Forest community in Bellbird Park, is urging its residents to consider how they can be neighbourly and support their community during, what are for some, challenging times.

AVID General Manager Queensland Bruce Harper said there are plenty of ways neighbours can reach out while still following social distancing guidelines.

“Although we are unable to hold a large community event this year, we have been able to engage with our community through our digital channels to encourage them to check in on their neighbours, including those most vulnerable like the elderly,” Mr Harper said.

“This could be through social media or leaving a card with a kind message and a phone number for those who are isolated, so they can call if they ever need help or just a friendly chat.

“It is the everyday interactions between neighbours which make all the difference – little acts like a wave over the fence or picking up the phone to check in on each other can go a long way in building long-lasting worthwhile relationships.”

Mr Harper said growing and fostering a community was crucial to the development of a masterplanned community, like Brentwood Forest.

“AVID’s core purpose is to create places where people want to belong,” Mr Harper said

“This comes from much more than physical infrastructure alone, so our focus is on creating connected communities, places where people have a sense of belonging from the moment they move in – a true neighbourhood.

“We already have a great friendly community in Brentwood Forest and days like Neighbour Day encourages our community form valuable friendships with each other.”

For more information on Neighbour Day, visit To find out more about Brentwood Forest by AVID Property Group and other local community initiatives, visit