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All Southern Moreton Bay Island residents are invited to an outdoor screening of the family movie Oddball at a free community event on Russell Island on Saturday 24 March.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that the event – hosted by Redland City Council in partnership with SMBI Community Hub – was an opportunity for bay islanders to connect with their neighbours and community while having a fun afternoon out.

“Research shows us that having good neighbours helps us feel safer and happier. That’s why this month Council is encouraging the whole of our Redlands community to host their own neighbourhood get-togethers on Neighbour Day, a nation-wide initiative on Sunday 25 March,” Cr Williams said.

“But we have gone a step further by organising a community event especially for our SMBI residents, recognising that they are more at risk of being isolated in times of emergency such as floods, storms and fire,” Cr Williams said.

Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the event would kick off Council’s “Get to know your island neighbours” initiative.

“After all, it is your neighbour or a passer-by, not emergency services, who is most likely to be first to come to your aid during an emergency,” Cr Edwards said.

“This is especially so on the islands where power is more likely to be lost and transport to the mainland suspended during extreme weather.

“The community event starts at 4pm with loads of fun activities exploring our unique bay island identity, followed by the movie screening at 6.20pm.”