Not so much out suburb, but the estate we live in is like an old school community. People are always going out of their way to help each other even if they are strangers. A few times now I've been a bit worried about noises/people hanging around near our house and so many people offer to send their hubby over to check things out. It's nice living somewhere where you feel safe. The management of the estate throw a Xmas party in the park each year with rides and stuff for the kids, live music etc.