Have Your Say on Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution

17 May 2010 1:20 PMJann Stuckey

17th May 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, is inviting all Currumbin residents to have their say on the public consultation draft of the Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill 2010.

“A review process launched in 2007 of the outdated Dividing Fences Act 1953 has resulted in new legislation being developed to reflect current issues causing disputes among neighbouring properties,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Trees and fences are two of the most contentious and dividing issues between neighbours in Queensland.

“These new laws have been drafted to modernise terminology relating to neighbours’ responsibilities and clarify processes for dispute resolution.

Some of the key changes proposed in the Bill are:
• a tree owner be responsible for proper care and maintenance of a tree
• clarification that a dividing fence on a common boundary has equal ownership.
• the distinction between a retaining wall and a fence; and
• a framework for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to make orders in disputes.

“This legislation has the potential to affect every home owner in Currumbin at some point, and I urge residents take the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed changes.

“Submissions must be received by 9 July 2010 and can be posted to Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill Consultation, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Strategic Policy, GPO Box 149, Brisbane Qld 4001.

“Alternatively, you can email NeighbourhoodDisputesResolution@justice.qld.gov.auThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Link to Bill: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/TabledPapers/2010/5310T2125.pdf

Link to Explanatory Notes: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/TabledPapers/2010/5310T2126.pdf

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919