Which came first? The tree or the neighbour?
REGARDING Craig Warhurst's editorial 'Magistrate sends a message' (Daily, July 30). There is much you can do "if a neighbour suddenly grows plants in front of views”.
It's not just "a pretty selfish move”, it's illegal.
The rest of what Craig says about vigilante tree destruction is quite correct and the relevant fines should be at least tripled to send a clear message about how the wider community will tolerate such wilful and selfish destruction.
But the article doesn't say which came first? The trees or the neighbour?
And the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 here in Queensland is quite clear about property owners' rights regarding exactly that issue.
If trees have been "suddenly” planted that block your views, you can ask to have them trimmed or removed, and Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal will make orders to do so if your reasonable request is ignored.
They can also be required to have them maintained at a reasonably low height, ongoing, in order not to obstruct your views.
But, this is a cart and horse situation.
It is a contentious and often disputed area of co-habitation in the community so keep a good record of dealings as they may be needed if the courts have to intervene, as in this case.