Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Australia news: Vegan takes neighbours to court for cooking meat on barbecue | World | News


Cilla Carden, from Perth, in Australia, said she was put off from going into her own garden due to the strong aroma from next door’s barbecue. She told Nine News Perth: “They’ve put the barbecue there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish. I can’t enjoy my back yard, I can’t go out there.”

Ms Carden was also annoyed by her neighbours smoking cigarettes outside, as she said the fumes also wafted into her backyard.

Another issue was the children next door playing basketball and “deliberately” making too much noise.

She said: “They just bang the wall anytime that I’ve been sleeping.

“Their kids with the basketballs, just banging… it vibrates this part of the house.

“It’s been devastating, it’s been turmoil, it’s been unrest, I haven’t been able to sleep.”

“It’s deliberate, that’s what I told the courts, it’s deliberate.

“Exactly what I’ve wanted from the word go is to live my life in peace.”

She took the case to the Supreme Court of the state of Western Australia, as she claimed that her neighbours’ behaviours breached residential laws.

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A State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia said: “The Tribunal does not accept that [the parents], by allowing their children to play in the backyard… use the patio for small scooters or toys, constitutes reasonably a nuisance.

“What they are doing is living in their backyard and their home as a family.”

One of Ms Carden’s neighbours, who did not want to be identified, told Nine News he had removed a barbecue from his back yard in order to keep the peace.

He added he told his children to stop playing basketball.

Another neighbour, who also wanted to remain anonymous, told Nine News: “Ms Carden’s demands were proven to be not reasonable and indeed were to the detriment of the other owners’ ability to enjoy their lots in a reasonable and acceptable manner.”

Local lawyer John Hammond said that taking this kind of case to the state Supreme Court was “a step too far”.

He said: “If you’re having a dispute, you should go next door and try and sort it out face to face because if you don’t do it that way you’re going to be up for a world of misery.

“Going to the supreme court is an extreme option.”

But Ms Carden is undeterred and says she is planning to return to court soon.



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