DON’T LET NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES SIMMER IN SUMMER

The NSW Government's free mediation service, Community Justice Centres (CJCs), is ready to take the heat out of neighbourhood conflict this summer, Member for Lismore, Thomas George said today.

Mr George encouraged neighbours to seek help from CJCs before feuds get out of hand.

“Poor relations with your neighbours can be stressful and in most cases mediation is a better option than expensive legal action or trading insults over the fence,” said Mr George

During summer, CJCs often see an increase in neighbour noise disputes.

“While many neighbours enjoy spending time together over the holiday period, others find themselves at their wits’ end as they endure raucous parties and other disturbances, such as noisy air conditioners, pool pumps and children.” said Mr George.

CJC’s mediations provide a safe and neutral environment for people in dispute to put forward their point of view and listen to the concerns of others. The professional mediators don’t make judgments but work equally with all parties and achieve an agreement in almost 80 per cent of cases.

The service is available across the state and CJCs will arrange a session at a location convenient for all involved.

The top 10 neighbourhood mediation topics for CJCs in NSW for 2014-15 are:

  1. Trees
  2. Fences
  3. Animals
  4. Privacy
  5. Children
  6. Access
  7. Retaining walls
  8. Common facilities
  9. Trespass
  10. Plumbing

The service also helps resolve conflict between family members, work colleagues and groups including amateur sporting and cultural associations. For more information, visit: www.cjc.justice.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 990 777.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577