Meet our Street
You can't have too many friends
Getting to know your neighbours can help build a friendly, safe community. Why not organise a Meet our Street event? It’s a casual, low-cost way to meet your neighbours and help create a sense of community where people look out for each other.
Public holidays, celebration days, school holidays and weekends are all great opportunities to hold a Meet our Street event.
We can help
The free Meet our Street kit on our website will help you organise and run a great event. It includes invitations, registration form and a checklist. A successful event usually includes sharing food, games and friendly conversation.
For more information, please call the Safe and Livable Communities Branch on 07 5582 8211 or 1300 465 326.
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Do I need to provide activities?
Having some activities available can help to put people at their ease, especially if families with children will be attending.
Do I have to provide the food?
You may wish to host a BBQ or picnic, and ask people to bring a plate or allocate specific items to households e.g. odd numbers to provide salad and evens to provide desserts.
Do I have to register the event?
We encourage you to register your event using the registration form available from our Meet our Street kit. Once complete, please email the form to email@example.com or phone 07 5582 8211 or 1300 456 326.
How can the City help?
We can provide printed copies of Meet our Street kits (including invitations). Please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5582 8211 or 1300 465 326.
Will someone from the City attend the event?
Regrettably our officers are not available to attend your event.
What if people say no?
There are many reasons why people may decline your invitation. It’s important to expect some declines to your invitation.
Don’t get disheartened as sometimes connections take time and no may turn into yes in the future!
How do I let people know about the event?
Sample invitations are included in the kit.
You might like to start with talking to the people you already know or neighbours you see in the street. You can follow-up by putting invitations in your neighbours’ letterboxes. Sample invitations are available from our Meet our Street kit.
When is a good time to hold a Meet our Street event?
Public holidays, celebration days, school holidays and weekends are all great opportunities to hold an event; however, keep in mind that many people go away during holiday times.
Time of day is also an important consideration. Avoid the hottest parts of the day if you're planning a summer event, unless you can be certain of adequate shade.
When the weather is hot you may wish to consider a late afternoon or early evening event. For evening events be considerate of other neighbours by limiting lighting and noise disturbance.
Do I need permission to use a park or reserve?
We welcome community use of Gold Coast parks and reserves for special gatherings such as Meet our Street events.
In order to use a park or reserve for a large gathering, you will need to apply for a relevant permit to prevent double bookings, make necessary maintenance preparations and avoid overuse of facilities.
To apply, please complete an application form online at or call us on 07 5582 8211 or 1300 465 326.
Allow at least 10 working days for your application to be processed.
Can I close a road?
Road closures are possible but require permission from a number of stakeholders and can take time to process. Please be aware that a cost may be involved.
Please complete the road closure form to apply to have a road temporarily closed for your event. For more information please call us on 07 5582 8211 or 1300 465 326.
Where should I hold the event?
With any venue you may need to consider the following:
- Is there enough room for the number of people that might come?
- Are there toilet facilities?
- Do you need access to power, water or shade?
- Is there access for prams and wheelchairs
- Do you need permission to use the area? (refer to question - Do I need permission to use a park or reserve?)
Holding your first Meet our Street event in a public place helps to keep the atmosphere inviting and relaxed, and allows everyone to enjoy facilities in their local area.
What sort of events should I hold?
They can be as big or as small as you like, from a small morning tea, to a large event involving a number of streets.
The scale of your street meet will depend on things such as the resources available, the purpose, and how much time and effort you can dedicate.
Some ideas include:
- A picnic or BBQ in a local park
- A small gathering to introduce new residents, for children to get to know one another, or to enjoy a public holiday
- A book club or swap
- Cricket round-robin competition
- Special occasion party e.g. Christmas, Halloween or Neighbour Day
Why hold a Meet our Street event?
Connecting with the people in your community isn’t always easy. By hosting an event, you are creating a casual and friendly environment for neighbours to drop in and introduce themselves.
It also has the following benefits:
- Getting to know the people in our communities increases our sense of belonging.
- It’s the first step to building a strong, safe and friendly community.
- You can never have too many friends.