Friendly street rewarded
THE FRIENDLIEST street on the Fraser Coast is Jarrah Ct at Burrum Heads.
The street was so named as part of Neighbour Day celebrations organised by council and the Queensland Department of Communities.
Heather Brown, who lives in Jarrah Ct and nominated it for the award, was thrilled to have won.
"Although I knew we were the friendliest neighbourhood, I was still surprised to win," she said.
Ms Brown and her husband moved to Burrum Heads from the Gold Coast 4 1/2 years ago.
They have never looked back, loving the laid-back lifestyle on offer.
Ms Brown said the quieter life in regional areas like Burrum Heads, with quarter-acre blocks and big sheds was tailor-made for friendly neighbourhoods.
"We all look out for each other, and have get-togethers and barbecues," she said.
With many of the residents of Jarrah Ct moving to the area from other parts of the state and country, Ms Brown said the distance from old friends and family also meant closer ties with new neighbours often occurred.
The winning residents gathered on Sunday for a celebratory barbecue, and will soon have a special street sign installed to proclaim their status.
Mayor Mick Kruger said: "The idea of Neighbour Day is to create friendlier, happier and safer neighbourhoods by encouraging an activity that brings people together."