Neighbourhood Networking Fund program

The City is supporting local communities to connect and get to know each other by providing funds for neighbours and community groups to hold small neighbourhood events such as picnics and barbeques. Below we have provided a Neighbourhood Party Kit, which is also available in booklet format by emailing the Community Development Team.

Who can apply?

Funds are only available to City of Cockburn residents and community groups.


  • Events must be held within Cockburn on public properties, e.g. parks, verges
  • A minimum of 10 attendees need to be present 
  • An application form must be submitted one month prior to the event
  • A summary of the event, including copies of receipts, invitations, promotion and photos must be submitted within one month of completion
  • Items that can be funded are: food (e.g sausages, buns, fruit), entertainment, decorations, promotion.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum funds available for a gathering is $50, however the number of attendees will determine the amount of funds that can be applied for. A minimum of three households with 10 attendees need to be invited.

Limitations and conditions

  • Applications to hold a private gathering are not eligible

  • Alcohol cannot be purchased with the funds

  • Only one application per event will be funded

  • Funds will be provided in the form of vouchers

  • One event per household per year

How to apply

Please complete the Neighbourhood Networking Fund Application Form

For further enquiries or to discuss your event please contact [email protected] or 08 9411 3444.

Neighbourhood Party Kit

Holding an event is a great way for you to connect and get to know your neighbours in a casual and fun way. The City supports local community connection and encourages neighbours and community groups to hold small neighbourhood events such as picnics and barbeques with the Neighbourhood Networking Fund Program.

Below you will find

  • Tips on planning a gathering

  • Risk Management Plan Template

  • Safe Food Handling Guide

  • Ice breaker activities.

Planning a gathering

It is recommended to allow plenty of time to plan your event. It is important to consider some of the questions listed below:

When What Who Why
When will you be holding your event? What is going to happen at your event? Who will be organising the event and
will you have any help from other
neighbours/members of your street?
Why are you holding this event?
How much time is required to organise
the event?
Will there be a theme, games, will
everyone bring a plate of food to share
or their own meals?
Who will be attending? What is the purpose and what are
you hoping to achieve?
How long will the event run for? How will you let everyone know what
the plan for the event is?
How many
people do you anticipate?
  Do you need any special equipment
for your event? (tables, games, fire
extinguisher etc.)

It's also important to consider Risk Management and safe food handling. 

Do you need special equipment for your event?

The City has a 'Community Trailer' with a range of event equipment that can be used at your gathering for free.

Equipment includes BBQ, bollards, safety vests, witches hats, tables, chairs, giant games and much more. If you would like to find out more about the equipment available or would like to make a booking for your event, please download the application form or email Friends of the Community.

In addition to this equipment it may also be helpful to put together an event tool kit yourself stocked with all the things you may need on the day of your event such as rope, hammer, sticky tape, glue, marker pens and blue tac. Don’t forget a first aid kit too!

Risk Management

It's important to prepare a Risk Management Plan for any event. It ensures that precautions are taken to protect the health and safety of those attending the event and surrounding residents.

In your Risk Management Plan you must outline each risk, develop strategies to manage these risks and assign a person to be responsible for the management of these at the event.

Some of the risks that need to be considered when planning a neighbourhood party include:

  • Traffic Hazards

  • Unsafe Food

  • Adverse Weather

  • Injuries to attendees.

There will likely be other risks to your event, so it is worthwhile taking the time to assess the risks and having controls in place so that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable time.

We have provided a Risk Management Plan template in the sectiopn below, that includes examples of how to fill it out:

  1. Identify it – List all of the hazards or possible situations associated with the event activity that may expose people to injury, illness or disease. List these hazards in the ‘hazards’ column of the template

  2. Fix it – Identify what practical measures could be put in place to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of the hazard occurring. This is where changes are made to the event to reduce the risks. List these in the ‘Controls/ Actions’ column of the template

  3. Assign it – Identify who will be responsible for carrying out the Controls/Actions at your event. List these in the ‘Responsibility’ column of the template.

Safe Food Handling

It is important to consider Safe Food Handling practices when preparing/cooking food for your event.

Some handy tips include:

  • Always wash your hands before handling food, after touching raw food and after going to the toilet. Wash your hands with soap and water

  • Ensure you are well when handling food and wear a mask if required

  • Ensure you are preparing food on clean surfaces and with clean utensils

  • Perishable foods need to be kept at optimal temperatures, below 5° C for cold food and above 60° C for hot food

  • Keep raw foods separate from ready-to-eat foods. Use separate utensils and chopping boards when preparing raw and cooked foods

  • Cook food until it is steaming hot throughout. Cook meats properly and re- heat dishes until they are boiling/ steaming. Dishes should only be re-heated once

  • Cooked meat can be left warm on a corner of the barbecue or covered on a plate. Do not leave out for more than four hours (less if the weather is hot)

  • Cold foods should not be left out of the fridge or cooler for more than four hours (less if the weather is hot)

  • Anything perishable left out in the heat or for more than four hours should be thrown out

  • Any food that has been pre-prepared needs to be stored/transported properly. Don’t put hot or warm food in a cooler/esky (as they cannot cool). Keep cold foods together with ice/ice packs

  • Keep food covered to protect it from flies/insects. Always use a clean cover.

For further information visit our Safe Food page or Healthy WA website.

Ice-breaker activities

Sometimes introducing yourself or meeting new people for the first time can be a little daunting. We’ve compiled a few ideas that you can use to break the ice with your neighbours and find out some fun things about them too!

Two truths, one lie

Each person comes up with two true statements about themselves and one lie and shares it with the group, who then need to guess which is the lie. This is a great way to share details about yourself and get to know a little about your neighbours.

The most unusual job

Each person shares the most unusual job/ occupation they have had with the group. This usually results in some great answers with people having done a myriad of professions. If you want too, depending on the size of the group, you can vote for the person who has had the most unusual/ humorous job and award them a prize.

Introduce your partner

Each person from the group/gathering partners up with someone they don’t know, and each spends a few minutes introducing themselves (who they are, where they live, what they do and hobbies they may have). Once everyone has had the chance to chat, they then introduce their partner to the rest of the group.

More information and contact

Please contact the Community Development Team for more information on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].

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