Have Your Say on Neighbourhood Disputes

26 Aug 2008 11:57 AMJann Stuckey

26 August 2008

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey announced that a review of the law of neighbourly relations is currently being undertaken by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

“The aim of this review is to find more efficient ways of assisting people to deal with neighbourhood disputes,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Options available for neighbours to resolve disputes can sometimes be an area of uncertainty for people. As we experience rapid population growth here on the Gold Coast it is important to develop “friendly” neighbourhoods.

“Specifically this review seeks to examine the legal issues relating to nuisance trees and remedies for solving neighbourly disputes.

“Nuisance trees are frequently a source of neighbourhood conflict and at present there is no particular statutory law in Queensland which addresses this issue.

“Local council’s are not required to adopt local laws regarding this matter, however, some councils regulate to protect or preserve significant trees.

“I encourage all persons who wish to make comment on these issues to take the opportunity to have their say.

“Submissions close on October 31 and can be made in writing or online, with details available on the Department of Justice website,” said Ms Stuckey.

More information about the issues and the review can be obtained online at www.justice.qld.gov.au/ourlaws/public.htm.