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    Neighbourly Relations Review
    The aim of the Review of Neighbourly Relations is to find more efficient ways of assisting neighbours to resolve their disputes. This might be through improving processes for the resolution of common neighbourhood disputes, better access to information and ensuring a more efficient alignment of the roles of relevant agencies. The Review examines the common causes of disputes between neighbours su

    Review of Neighbourly Relations
    The Review of Neighbourly Relations (the Review) was established to gather information about the more common causes of disputes between neighbours and develop practical remedies to avoid, reduce and resolve them. The Review focused on dividing fences (Stage 1) and dangerous and intrusive trees and remedies available for resolution of disputes (Stage 2). The Review involved the distribution of di

    Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution
    In May 2007, the Review of the Neighbourly Relations was launched. A discussion paper and online survey were released on the Dividing Fences Act 1953. In July 2008, two discussion papers were released entitled “Trees” and “Resolving neighbourhood disputes”. The consultation draft Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill 2010places responsibility for the care and maintenance of a tree on a tree ow

    Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Bill
    In May 2007, the Review of the Neighbourly Relations was launched. A discussion paper and online survey were released on the Dividing Fences Act 1953. The overwhelming community response was that the current Act needs to be modernised in language and many sections clarified (e.g. pool fences, retaining walls, meaning of sufficient fence, and destruction or alteration of a fence by a neighbour).

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    12 May, 2016

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