Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Asking Neighbours Nicely Bears Fruit

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Asking Neighbours Nicely Bears Fruit

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Letitia Commerford

letitia.commerford@apn.com.au

THEY say that stolen fruit is always the sweetest, but not everyone agrees.

The Queensland Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 says if a tree is on private property the fruit belongs to the owner, irrespective of whether it is leaning over "your side of the fence" or over the road.

According to the act, neighbours must ask permission before picking fruit from someone else's tree.

Mackay resident Craig Otto agrees with the disputes resolution laws, despite having made friendships through sharing fruit.

"My wife Naomi and I planted a gold passionfruit tree at the previous home we lived in," he said.

"It grew quite large and hung out into the street.

"One day a lady walked past with her dog as we were pruning the tree and stopped to tell us that she admired the tree and asked for some fruit.

"She told us about how her husband had cancer and it was one of the few things he could eat. …

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