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Don't let neighbour disputes simmer in the Summer

The NSW Government's free mediation service, Community Justice Centres (CJCs), is ready to take the heat out of neighbourhood conflict in the Coffs Harbour electorate this summer, Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said today.

Mr Fraser 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,” Mr Fraser added.

 

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.”

 

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 in the Coffs Harbour electorate and 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.

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