Talking with your neighbour is the key to overcome problems and disputes

Communication is key in neighbourhood disputes. Photo: stock image
Communication is key in neighbourhood disputes. Photo: stock image

DISPUTES with a neighbour are not uncommon. But do we always handle it appropriately?

Sergeant Andrew Kable from the Port Macquarie Police said communication is key.

"Speak to your neighbours. It's a common sense approach," he said. 

"Obviously if people or property are in immediate danger of harm or the situation is an emergency we recommend they call triple 0.

"Generally speaking the majority of calls police receive can be resolved quickly and in many cases they're not matters that police should have been called for."

Sgt Kable said common call outs received by police are for noise complaints, loud music at parties, dogs barking, plants or hedges crossing over boundary fence lines and fencing issues.

"If police are called to attend, the complaints will be investigated," he said. 

"The focus should always be on resolving the issue through realistic and workable solutions, not simply just trying to win the dispute.

"If there are no criminal offences detected police will assist in resolving the situation by referring involved parties to local Community Justice Centres."

The NSW Government's Community Justice recommends dealing with issues early to help avoid a dispute.

It is suggested you talk to your neighbour first, however if that leads nowhere or communicating is difficult, ask a third party for help.

If you still cannot resolve the issue, contact the Community Justice Council to arrange a mediation.

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