Neighbourhood Disputes

Mediation encourages neighbours to openly discuss the issues that prevent them from fully enjoying their property and community. Sources of inconvenience, such as overgrown trees, unkempt properties and noise can be a trigger point for disputes among neighbours. For instance, dogs barking can be annoying and they can easily escape into the streets can threaten the risk and safety of homeowners and children playing outside. Residents may wish to address the issues to ensure safety in the surroundings is maintained. Other sources of nuisance in the neighbourhood include environmental pollution, home building projects that interfere with privacy and fences that overstep the boundaries between homes. Often, neighbours may not be aware of the problem, and talking to them early can prevent further conflict.

Neighbourhood disputes are not restricted among neighbours; mediation can also help residents resolve their disputes with the local council and community clubs or associations. For instance, an individual may have a disagreement with the local government relating to planning or zoning. In some locations, the zoning policies set up can place restrictions on the construction of additional spaces or levels in their homes, and this can give rise to a conflict between the homeowner and the local council or approving body.

It’s important to live in an environment where you feel safe and your needs are met, with neighbours who are friendly, cooperative and respectful of one another. At SHAW Mediation Australia, we are here to help you approach disputes with neighbours, community clubs and associations, as well as local council and government, which address any of the following:

  • Unkempt property
  • Fencing
  • Trees
  • Noise and nuisance
  • Pet nuisance, RSPCA and animal law
  • Anti-social and discriminatory behaviour
  • Basic human Rights
  • People with disabilities
  • Home business
  • Planning and development
  • Zoning, signs, permits and land usage
  • Off-street and unsafe parking
  • Environmental protection

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Alison Shaw of SHAW Mediation successfully mediated a contract and building works dispute for one of our clients.  I found the mediation to be useful in requiring the disputing parties to be in one place at one time, allowing each side to express their position (and even vent their frustrations) whilst being kept in line by an experienced mediator. It was by no means certain to me beforehand that the matter would resolve at the mediation, but Alison’s guidance and systematic approach facilitated a commercial settlement.  I am confident the parties would not have reached a better outcome if they had gone to court.  I rate highly the mediation process used by Alison Shaw in this matter, and would recommend her to other clients considering mediation in the future.

Matthew Hawke

Cowell Clarke