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Love Thy Neighbour

By Louise Morrin

If you've just invested in Carlton real estate, it's time to start thinking about ways you can get involved in your new neighbourhood.

Along with being a new community for you and your family, your neighbours can also make your environment a safer and more pleasant place to live.

The South Australian government has included "safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods" as one of its seven strategic priorities, and wants to promote people to come together in public spaces.
The SA government believes making communities visibly safer will encourage people to spend more time outside exercising and socialising, therefore living healthier lives.

If you want to make friends with your new neighbours but aren't sure where to start, it might be as simple as taking a walk around the neighbourhood and greeting your new community members. Establish yourself as a friendly and sociable person by simply waving or greeting people you pass, and you might find they strike up a conversation with you.

Don't worry if a neighbourhood seems closed off to socialising, as sometimes all it takes is one person to change the culture. If others see you exercising on the streets and mingling with people in the area, they may be more inclined to step outside their comfort zones and form bonds with each other too.

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