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  • 14 Community and Environment
  • Neighbourhood Disputes
  • Environmental Issues
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Environmental Issues


Different laws apply to the entry of different kinds of objects. Water flowing from one neighbour's land to another neighbour's land as a result of natural events and situations (rain, floods, slope of the land and so on) does not normally involve any legal issues. Where a flow of water from a ne...

Smoke, Smells, Noise and Pollution

Smoke and Smells The EPA lists a number of smoke, smell and air pollutions that elicit complaints. These include: odours from abattoirs and food processing plants, forestry burns, waste and wastewater disposal, management and treatment sites or plants, industrial premises, and domestic pollution...


Nuisance has been mentioned a number of times so far. The legal meaning of the word is not the same as the ordinary meaning. A nuisance can either be litigated in court under the common law, or it can be dealt with under the Local Government Act 1993 (Tas) (LGA), which gives a solid definition of...


The Council is responsible for implementing a dog and animal management policy. This covers microchipping of animals, registration of dogs, and areas where dogs can exercise on and off the lead. The current Hobart City Council policy can be found online. The Dog Control Act 2000 (Tas) creates ...

Trees and Possible Dangers

Trees Trees cause various problems between neighbours: overhanging, blocking sunlight, falling leaves, falling branches, roots which break up paths and block or break drains are typical examples. If a branch falls on to land after being cut by a neighbour, or is thrown onto land, this will be...

Problems Outside the Boundary

Neighbour's Rights: easements and other rights Sometimes neighbours will have disputes because one disagrees with something that the other is doing entirely on his or her own land and which involves no actual crossing of the boundary. For example, an occupier may object to a neighbour who seems ...

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