TOOWOOMBA Regional Council says it is not in the business of entering into disputes about who has the neatest lawn.
The comment came after a letter to The Chronicle from Crows Nest resident Ric Dutton.
Mr Dutton said he no longer trusts his neighbours after being "denounced" for failing to keep his lawn in check.
Toowoomba Regional Council Environmental Health portfolio leader Cr Sue Englart said council encouraged residents to keep their properties neat and tidy.
"An overgrown property is unsightly and can be a nuisance and a danger to neighbours and the community," she said.
"Residents have the right to report cases of overgrown properties and council has the power to issue compliance notices in appropriate cases."
She said council would become involved if the threat of rodents, snakes, pests or weeds that might impact on residents' allergies or that posed a public health risk.
"Long grass can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes," Cr Englart said.
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"Council does not pose as the grass police and is here to protect the health and wellbeing of residents."
She said council received 417 notifications about overgrown yards across the region last year.
Mr Dutton's letter drew a huge response from The Chronicle's online readers.
Some decried their neighbours' untidy lawns and other supported Mr Dutton's stance against what he called a slide towards an Orwellian nightmare.
Snake in the grass
- Jon Albiez: Does anyone actually know the gentleman in question? He lives down the road from me. His yard is not what I'd call overgrown. There are plenty in worse shape along his road including two in very close proximity. His concerns are justifiable.
- Sasha Sandford: It's pathetic, but I hate my neighbour's lawn too. It's horrible and attracts snakes. It's not hard to maintain your yard or pay someone to do it for you.
- Gary Barber: A good neighbour would have jumped the fence and mowed it for you.
- Louise Schroeder: I've mowed my neighbour's lawn and I don't even know her and my neighbour on the other side of me has mowed mine on occasions as well.
- Terry West: If you have a beautiful street and one person lets their house and lawn go wild then it will devalue the rest of the houses in that street. That's not on. Also, many take pride in their gardens and streets. One filthy person can ruin the look of the hard work of his/her neighbours.
- Rach Michelle: We have a small farm and my hubby mows it every second weekend! It looks so bad otherwise and we don't want snakes out here. Keeping Westbrook beautiful.
- Bronwyn Bearham: I don't know the person in question and I can't comment on his lawn in particular, but I can understand someone being concerned with an overgrown yard especially with the number of brown snakes about. Not everyone is comfortable approaching their neighbours.
- Jake Wilkinson: Neighbours should come and talk to you first if they have a problem.
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