Say hello to Our Neighbourhood transcript

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Say hello to Our Neighbourhood

Christine- EGM Retail Services, Australia Post

"Our Neighbourhood is Australia Post's new community program. It's a truly localised program that really looks about bringing Australia Post to the local communities that we operate in.

There are four areas of focus as part of the Our Neighbourhood program. And all of them centre around the notion of building healthier, more vibrant and inclusive communities.

The first is about giving access to essential products and services. And really making sure we give that knowledge to connect both in the physical world as well as the digital world.

The second is all about maintaining an inclusive and diverse workforce, and really recognising and valuing the contribution that all of those individuals make as part of the community.

The third area is really making sure that we foster, and build and invest in programs that build and foster community spirit.

And, fourthly and very importantly it's all about supporting Australians and the Australian community in times of crisis. And I think this really comes to the fore in areas of natural disaster when you look at what Australian communities experience with floods and fires".

Community Grants

Christine- EGM Retail Services, Australia Post

"One of our really exciting initiatives is the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants Program. This is all about encouraging charities and community organisations to apply for a grant up to $25,000.

And all of these initiatives are about building capability in the local community and really making sure we foster and develop with our people to really make sure we bring the vibrancy, connection and diverse nature of the communities and neighbourhoods to life."

Some of our grant winners

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Financial Basics Foundation
Australia Wide

This project develops financial literacy resources to help teach Australians about sound financial management practices.

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Inglewood Chamber of Commerce
Inglewood, QLD

Funding will build a new website for the Inglewood Chamber of Commerce to assist in the marketing campaign to battle the town's decreasing population and promote this community to the wider world.

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Bunyip Community Men's Shed
Bunyip, VIC

Funds will assist in fitting out a new space for this regional community to be used by a rand of community groups and organisations for education purposes, meetings and events.

Frank- CEO Hillview Aged Care, Bunyip

"We're located in Bunyip, which is about 75km south-east of Melbourne. Some of the challenges are isolation. Even though it's a town that's close to major facilities, you could become isolated quite easily."

Bob- Bunyip Resident

"With the Men's Shed coming along, which is great because a lot of people now are retiring and they're coming in off the farms and stuff like that, and it gives them something to do."

Duncan VO- Resident Hillview Aged Care

"A lot of us are getting on, getting a bit long in the tooth".

Frank- CEO Hillview Aged Care, Bunyip

"The Australia Post grant is a phenomenal boost for the project. That money will help them with the tools and a lot of the equipment that will help them become a fully functioning shed".

Bob- Bunyip Resident

"Men get down here and you talk. And even my wife reckons it's made a big difference in my attitude towards life".

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Bunyip Community Men's Shed
Bunyip, VIC

Funds will assist in fitting out a new space for this regional community to be used by a rand of community groups and organisations for education purposes, meetings and events.

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CTC Sussex Inlet Incorporated
Sussex Inlet, NSW

Funding will provide training to give senior citizens the confidence to use digital technology, such as the internet, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, iPads and mobile phones.

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Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc
Hobart, TAS

Funding will purchase equipment that will be used to enable the delivery of important workplace training for former refugees.

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The Wake Up Time project
Binna Binna, NSW

The grant towards this ongoing project for Indigenous women will be used for transport fuel, craft materials and ingredients for the women to prepare lunches at their bi-weekly meetings.

Gwen- Binna Binna resident

"Ginger waddle widdle", "Welcome to this land of Casino". Our Neighbourhood is out here in the Oaks, is better known as checkerboard."

Katrina- Counsellor, The Buttery Rehabilitation Centre

"The Oaks is challenged in the sense of domestic violence. You have addictions. It is a housing commission estate.

We started 'Wake-up Time' with the community needing to have a common ground of somewhere where they could come together and talk about issues."

FVO

"When they all come, we all go and collect things. We make baskets out of the grapevine."

Gwen- Binna Binna resident

"We started going to the high school to work with the young women up there. We come together to spread who we are and our culture, it has a meaning to us. It's not lost and we are now revamping our culture and bringing it back. And teaching our young ones that there is and we are Aboriginal people."

Katrina- Counsellor, The Buttery Rehabilitation Centre

"The Our Neighbourhood funds will actually be able to empower other women with accessing their culture. And when people are doing that then their sense of identity strengthens and everything else just flows on from there."

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Mount George School of Arts Hall Committee
Mount George, NSW

This project aims to build social, cultural and environmental connections within their community.

What it means to be neighbourly

Andrea- GM Community Relations, Australia Post

"Instead of using the word 'community' I like to use the word 'neighbourhood'. Neighborhoods' instil a sense of tangibility, localness. They're places where you feel included, you feel valued and everyone has a voice."

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"To be a good neighbour is also sharing and caring."

"Looking after one another."

"And really hearing what's going on for them and caring."

"And you do anything for them, you help them."

"Everyone knows each other and they're just friendly."

"You haven't got neighbours, you haven't got anything."

The power of hello

Andrea- GM Community Relations, Australia Post

"Being neighbourly starts with a simple word, and that's 'hello'. It doesn't matter what language you speak 'hello' is a universal language."

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"Hello."

"G'day, how ya goin'?"

"Opens a door or two."

"Hello', 'How are you?"

"G'day."

"Everybody likes a 'hello' or a 'how's your day?"

"It's that all inclusive welcome."

Christine- EGM Retail Services, Australia Post

"So when you say 'hello' to someone, when you say 'hi' to someone, when you actually ask someone about themselves it starts the conversation and it starts the connection to two people, And that's really what Our Neighbourhood is all about, starting that connection."