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Power should be given to Councils to enable enforcement of Laws on “Queensland”

Comment 1st July 2010

Currently if someone's hedge over grows onto a public footpath or alleyway, the council can impose fines if it is not cut back, thus forcing landowners to fulfill their responsibilities.

In respect to land that is owned by the Crown but consitutes access to peoples private land the only way to enforce the need for others to keep this access open is to take out a Civil Law suit which is both time consuming, expensive and has the potential to create tensions within a neighbourhood.

Therefore I would propose that councils are given the same enforcement laws on this type of land as on public highways.

This way early intervention and reminding people of their responsibilities will make the lifes of those affected easier and less stressful.

Why does this matter?

These areas of the law that make quick resolution to local disputes long and drawn out are not efficient or satisfying to the public. Official enforcement will remind those land owners that don't have regard for others rights that their attitude will not be tolerated in a fair society.

This will also make neighbourhoods more attractive as many of these types of land are alleyways, which become full of litter, over grown or fenced off by private citizens in a an attempt to either claim the land or prevent access by others (this later point should constitute theft and should be a criminal offence).

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