Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Weedy Problem Sparks a Backyard Stoush

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Weedy Problem Sparks a Backyard Stoush

Article excerpt

ONE of the biggest problems in today's suburbs can be having a bad neighbour - the sort who won't mow the lawn and let weeds climb into your property.

That's the problem 83-year-old Banora Point resident Harry Ackerly feels he has been facing as he argues with his neighbour - the Tweed Shire Council.

Mr Ackerly, who moved to his home in Aberdeen Court near the Tweed Heights shopping centre 18 years ago, said had been battling with the council for years to have it keep clear its nature strip behind his back fence.

But the council yesterday told the Tweed Daily News a small strip of weed-infested land behind Mr Ackerly's fence was actually still his property and, in any case, it was his responsibility to clear the adjacent council strip - also overgrown.

"People have to maintain the area of land down to the roadway," a council spokesperson said.

"None of his neighbours maintain this particular area ... but it is steep. Obviously council has limited resources and finances. …

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