Get to know the people in your street

They say the community you want starts at your front door.

Wodonga Council is once again hosting neighbourhood barbecues as they are a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and build community spirit.

The barbecues provide a positive way for people to connect to their local neighbourhood, where people know each other.

Cr Anna Speedie said neighbourhoods who hosted barbecues tended to have lower crime rates and social issues.

"Neighbours get to know one another so they look out for each other," Cr Speedie said.

"Barbecues can help connections in your neighbourhood.

"During the last season, 94 per cent of participants said they felt more connected and 77 per cent said they felt safer in their street.

"More than 94 per cent said they met someone new at the barbecue."

New estates will be given priority as well as people who havent hosted the barbecues before.

Wodonga Council will provide a free healthy catered mobile barbecue, including all plates and cutlery.

Event staff will be rostered to assist with the running of the event and to host a raffle as a way to break the ice and meet new neighbours.

There will also be umbrellas and children's games such as oversized snakes and ladders and connect 4.

To nominate your neighbourhood for a barbecue, visit https://wod.city/NBBQ