Neighbours in bitter dispute over trees

Nevan & Annette Pavlinovic.  Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au   d471745
Nevan & Annette Pavlinovic. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d471745

TWO neighbours in the Swan Valley are embroiled in a court battle over trees planted on a rural property 20 years ago.

West Swan residents Nevan and Annette Pavlinovich have spent the past year in court fighting their neighbour Edward Stanley, who wants more than 80 trees on the boundary of their property cut down and $10,000 to be paid to him in damages.

Mr Pavlinovich said the trees were part of the rural feel of the property and had sentimental value.

He said the trees were planted by family and friends on his property on the day of his wedding 20 years ago.

“The trees are very important to us and some of the people who planted those trees are no longer alive,” he said.

“If you live on a rural property you have to expect there will be trees. That is the beauty of living here.”

Mrs Pavlinovich said the process had been stressful for their family and hoped the trees would not have to be cut down.

“Three people who planted those trees have since passed away and those trees hold a lot of memories of our wedding day. The trees are also part of the lifestyle and give us privacy from nearby properties,” she said

Mr Pavlinovich said his neighbour had lived next door for 18 years without any problems with the trees, but believed that they became an issue ever since Mr Stanley built a pool on the second floor of his property and found the trees blocked his view.

“This whole process has caused our family stress and a lot of time,” Mr Pavlinovich said.

“Once the trees are cut down we will have no privacy, which makes me feel very uncomfortable.”

A decision will be reached in court next week on whether the trees must be cut down.

Mr Stanley said he was concerned the trees would continue to grow and become a hazard.

He said he was seeking the trees be cut to 4m in height and $10,000 in reimbursements.

“It has cost me thousands of dollars to have them trimmed,” he said.

“They are currently around 20m high, I can’t imagine them growing other 25m.”

Mr Stanley said if he didn’t reach the outcome he wanted , he would take the matter further.

“This is never going to finish,” he said

“I’ll take It all the way to the High Court of Australia if I have to.

“This is a rural area, not a tree forest.”