DESPITE his ongoing frustration, Ryan Sharpley says he has never considered taking matters into his own hands by removing the trees or branches.
"I would never do that. I don't have the skills to and it's illegal," he said. But it seems the law may allow him to take some action.
Maroondah Council's chief executive officer Frank Dixon said that, under the Fences Act 1968, residents can prune, up to the fence line, branches or roots overhanging or encroaching on their land. "Pruning needs to be done in line with the Planning and Environment Act 1987. If the pruning results in the killing of the tree this would be a breach of the act and could result in a penalty."