Trees & Neighbours – Managing Disputes

Renowned arborist, educator and advocate, Judy Fakes will explain what you need to know about the NSW Trees and Neighbours laws.

Australian Garden History Society Sydney Branch: Garden History Talk

Date: Wednesday, 15th February, 6pm for 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill.

Trees on neighbouring properties are one of the four most common reasons for disputes arising between neighbours. In late 2006, the NSW government introduced the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act, 2006 as a means of providing a relatively inexpensive and quick process by which these disputes could be resolved.

This illustrated presentation provides an insight into: the underpinning principles behind and within the Trees Act; the people who apply, where they live, their reasons for doing so; how to make an application; what happens during a hearing and the type of orders that may be made. Judy draws on the more than 450 tree matters she has heard and determined as both a full-time Commissioner and as an Acting Commissioner in the NSW Land & Environment Court. Her last judgement, made this year completes close to ten years of arbitration.

Our speaker Judy Fakes is a dedicated arborist, educator and advocate, highly respected particularly by those she taught during her 30 years as Head Teacher of Arboriculture, Parks and Gardens at Ryde College of TAFE.

Judy’s background includes qualifications in Agricultural Science, Education, Arboriculture and Forestry. She is active as a committee member of TREENET, and the Horticultural Committee for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. As an acknowledgement for her many successes Judy has received both an International award for service to Australian Arboriculture, and an Australian Institute of Horticulture Award of Excellence.

Members $20
Guests $30
Students $5
Includes light refreshments.
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Australian Garden History Society and mailed to: Jeanne Villani, 90 Cabbage Tree Rd, Bayview NSW 2104

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Australian Garden History Society Sydney & Northern NSW Branch,
ANZ Bank, Centrepoint Branch. BSB 012040 Account 101762565
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