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An overgrown property can be both a nuisance and a danger to
Hinchinbrook Shire Council defines "Overgrown" as vegetation (grass) that affects the visual amenity of the allotment is likely to attract reptiles or vermin or is deemed a fire hazard.
There are several problems caused by an overgrown land. Residential properties with overgrown land create a visual eyesore and may impede the public's access to footpaths and streets. If you have difficulty walking along footpaths or driving along streets as a result of hedges or trees growing out into your path or line of sight, you can report the problem to Council with the address or the location of the property.
Hinchinbrook Shire Council defines "Unsightly" as objects or materials that are brought on to, or allowed to accumulate on, an allotment causing its visual amenity to be seriously affected. "Unsightly" objects or materials are those such as discarded or disused machinery, second-hand material and similar objects. They also include derelict
The Hinchinbrook Shire is a great place to live. Keeping our yards free from overgrown vegetation makes our residential street more visually appealing and protects the community from vermin and reptiles. Here are a few tips on how to take pride in the appearance of your home:
If you have concerns about approaching or entering communication with your neighbour, or these measures have proven ineffective, you can report the problem to Council using the Make a Request or by phone (07) 4776 4600 with the details of the property and Council will being our investigation.
Council regulates a range of risks and threats relating to overgrown and unsightly conditions on private property under its Local Law No 3 - Community and Environmental Management Act 2012. When Council receives a complaint about overgrown vacant land or neglected dwellings, a Local Laws Officer will inspect the property and if necessary, make arrangements for the property to be cleared.
These costs are invoiced to the property owner for payment. Additional penalties may apply if the owner has a history of non-compliance.
It is important to note that achieving compliance under this process may take in excess of three weeks.