State intervene in local disputes

THE region’s residents are divided as to whether there needs to be State laws to help solve neighbourhood disputes.

A letter from the Attorney General and Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick was tabled at a Gympie Regional Council meeting this week asking for community feedback about draft laws.

Mayor Ron Dyne said policing the laws looked like a lot of work for council.

Mr Dick wrote the laws would provide clear and practical ways to solve neighbourhood disputes over trees and fences. He said disputes about trees and fences were two of the biggest causes of neighbourhood discontent in Queensland.

The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill “addresses community concerns raised during two consultation processes including the views that laws needed to be clearer and easier to follow and that a tree keeper should be responsible for the proper care and maintenance of a tree,” the letter said.

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The Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill 2010 is open for public comment until July 9.

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