Bin night beefs: how to resolve a dispute with your neighbour

Help is available for the more than half of Australians who find themselves in a neighbourly dispute, but there are also steps that can be taken before formal action

“It was 2am when my alarm went off. I popped my dressing gown over my nightie and slipped some shoes on. In one hand I held a torch and in the other I wheeled my bin out to the curb as quietly as I could and then headed back to bed.”

When my mum realised that the boy who lived next door to her was toppling her bins each collection night, this became a weekly routine. For months. In her eyes avoidance was better than directly approaching him or his parents about the issue.

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