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Be a good neighbour

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Be glad of life,

Because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather then your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbour’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends … and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace. (Henry van Dyke)

Kubatana.net recently asked our membership to put together the top six best practices that neighbours living in close community should engage in … let’s live with respect

-Turn down the volume! Let’s stop or reduce the loud music, hooting at all hours to get gates opened, generators late at night
-Don’t burn leaves and rubbish so that smoke goes into your neighbour’s house, and onto their washing
-Keep your gate shut so that your dogs don’t roam around and cause fear and harm to other people
-If you’re going to have a party or set off fireworks, first inform your neighbours so that they are warned
-Help keep your street clean by picking up litter outside your property boundary, and keep your grass cut
-Look out for each other, keep both your home and your neighbour’s home secure

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