Householders could force neighbours to prune trees

A MAJOR shake-up is in the works for rules governing disputes over fences and trees.

Gladstone householders could soon be able to force neighbours to prune overhanging branches.

Householders may also become able to take disputes over retaining walls to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

QCAT dealt with 25 neighbourhood boundary battles in Gladstone over the past two financial years.

In 2013-14 there were nine legal stoushes over fences and four over trees and in 2014-15 there were nine fence fights and three tree battles.

The Queensland Law Reform Commission is reviewing the three-year-old Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act.

The commission will also decide whether dispute resolution processes are fair and effective; if the law is easy to use; and whether QCAT has enough dispute-settling powers. 



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