Communication key for neighbours
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.