Com­mu­ni­ca­tion key for neigh­bours

Myrtleford Times - - Standish Street Surgery -

VIC­TO­RI­ANS are be­ing urged to talk to their neigh­bours to pre­vent dis­agree­ments de­vel­op­ing into big­ger is­sues.

The dis­pute set­tle­ment cen­tre of Vic­to­ria fielded 20 calls for ad­vice in the Alpine Shire dur­ing the 2016-17 pe­riod.

Fenc­ing dis­putes dwarfed all other types of con­flict Vic­to­ria wide with 37 per cent of calls made to the cen- tre be­ing about the is­sue, but trees were the over­whelm­ing is­sue in the Alpine Shire.

Eleven of the to­tal calls for ad­vice and as­sis­tance lo­cally were re­lated to trees while two of the four cases that were re­ferred for fur­ther ad­vice re­lated to trees.

Be­havioural and com­mer­cial is­sues were the other to cause prob­lems in the Alpine Shire.

Di­rec­tor of the Dis­pute Set­tle­ment Cen­tre Vic­to­ria Dahna Bond said most dis­putes that de­vel­oped across the state were be­cause neigh­bours did not com­mu­ni­cate or failed to keep each other posted about their plans.

“Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is key- if you’re plan­ning changes to your fence or host­ing a party, let your neigh­bours know in ad­vance and if some­thing is both­er­ing you, ask to have a chat,” she said.

“A lit­tle bit of cour­tesy goes a long way to en­sur­ing a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship.

“You have to live next to you neigh­bour ev­ery day so it’s worth mak­ing the ef­fort to keep things am­i­ca­ble.”

The Dis­pute Set­tle­ment Cen­tre plays an im­por­tant role in re­solv­ing dis­putes across Vic­to­ria with res­o­lu­tion ad­vice and other dis­pute ser­vices such as me­di­a­tion of­fered free of charge.

For ad­vice on re­solv­ing dis­putes, or to utilise me­di­a­tion ser­vices call 1300 372 888.

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