A Street Meet is a great way to get to know your neighbours better, provide opportunities for play and make new friends. Street Meets lets residents temporarily close their local street for up to 4 hours at a time.
Street Meets can be:
- A play street – temporarily closing the street for children to play freely and safely. Activities could include ball games, bikes and scooters and chalk drawing (Check out Play Streets Australia or Playing Out (UK) for inspiration).
- A street party – an opportunity for a get together with neighbours over a BBQ, pot luck dinner or a cricket game.
- A special or seasonal occasion such as an Easter egg hunt, a Halloween Trick or Treat activity or Christmas Light display.
Keep it Simple! Street Meets don’t require a lot of set up. Think BBQs, games, chairs and tables. To keep Street Meets as straight forward as possible, activities that require additional permits such as the sale of alcohol, the installation of a marquee or a jumping castle are not permitted at a Street Meet.
There are no fees charged by Council to run a Street Meet. It just takes your time to organise the get-together and manage street closure on the day.
- Read the Street Meet Kit which includes a Neighbourhood Support Letter template.
- Complete the Street Meet Application Form.
Once the application is submitted a Council Staff member will be in touch to progress the road closure approval.
Applications should be lodged 2 months prior to your Street Meet.
Your application should include:
- organiser’s name and contact details
- date and time of Street Meet including set up and pack down time
- expected number of attendees
- sketch of the portion of the street to be closed and indicate street numbers affected by the street closure
- details of activity i.e. picnic, kids games, chairs and tables
- resident support letter and date letter sent out
- names of closure crew if known
- confirmation that you will run the Street Meet in accordance with the Street Meet Guidelines
Is my street suitable?
Street Meets can be on local access streets, generally those that carry 1,000 cars or less per day and have minimal through traffic. Streets cannot be on a public transport or strategic commercial route. Either the whole street or a portion of a street can be closed. If you're unsure, give us a call on 8408 1111.
The street remains accessible by emergency service vehicles. On street parking is still permitted during a Street Meet at the vehicle owner’s own risk.
Delegate a key resident
You need a key resident to be the driving force behind your Street Meet. This person needs:
- time to organise a Street Meet
- support from neighbours
- minimum of 2 others willing to be closure crew. Their role is to install and remove the road closure, stand at the end of the road closure to monitor the road closure throughout the party and escort local resident cars entering or exiting the road closure area
- energy to get surrounding residents on board
- understanding of the benefits of a Street Meet
We can support your Street Meet by providing:
- a step by step Street Meet Kit to assist you in organising your own Street Meet
- a video clip on how to safely close your street
- a Traffic Guidance Scheme outlining how the street is to be closed
- traffic control devices and signs
- public liability insurance for the Street Meet
- coverage of road closure advertising costs as required under the Road Traffic Act