Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Neighbours Declare War

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Neighbours Declare War

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Ashley Clark

ashley.clark@news-mail.com.au

FEELING comfortable in your own home is something that should be guaranteed but it hasn't been that way for Renee Pollitt and her family.

Ms Pollitt said since moving into her Bundaberg home a year and a half ago, she had put up with ongoing problems with her next door neighbour which had left her feeling stressed and uncomfortable.

"I have had a court summons put on me for peace and good behaviour which ended up getting thrown out five days before we were due to appear," she said.

"There has been verbal abuse, we can't do anything in our backyard or front yard without something happening."

With five children, Ms Pollitt said the garden and front yard were a place of play and she was sick of the problems.

"My kids are between the ages of 4 and 12. They are outdoor kids and love to have fun," she said.

"They should be allowed to be active in and around their home but they are always being yelled at by the next-door neighbour.

"My boys accidentally kicked the footy over the fence one day and one of them jumped over to grab it.

"The neighbour came straight out to abuse them about it."

The NewsMail approached Ms Pollitt's neighbour, who declined to comment about the situation.

Ms Pollitt said she had tried speaking with the council and police about the matter but nothing had been resolved.

Bundaberg Acting Senior Sergeant Mick Ward said neighbour disputes were generally not a police matter unless violence ensued.

"Usually, if it is going to be turned into violence and can't be resolved by both parties, we will be called," Act Snr Sgt Ward said.

"If there is no crime being committed it is not a police matter, however we can provide advice about court proceedings and the mediation process," he said.

"If people find themselves in a dispute with their neighbours, they really need to try and resolve the matter themselves by having an adult conversation. …

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