Alan is preparing an account of the very long-term noise, barking and other torments forced upon him
through his neighbours' chronic and reckess disregard for his physical and mental welfare
and that of his very ill wife, also a pensioner.
His numerous complaints to Clarence City Council have not resolved local problems
and council staff tend to ridicule them, saying that others in the area are not complaining.
This defiance wilfully rebuts the fact that many people, although sometimes very distressed themselves,
refuse to say so through fear of repercussions from the offenders.
Whether neighbours support any complainant or not is irrelevant because state legislation sets
no requirement for secondary support from anyone.
A council is obliged by law to investigate any barking complaint which is lodged on the council's
standard form and which is accompanied by the council-approved fee.
Every Tasmanian council can set whatever fee it sees fit. Some councils would prefer that this legal
requirement be repealed. These days, nobody lodges trivial or vexatious complaints (the original
deterrent behind the fee requirement) but on the contrary - residents are enduring local barking torture
almost to the point of nervous breakdown before they begin to consider lodging their first complaint.
Clarence council has set the highest barking complaint fee in Tasmania. It appears that the imposition
of a $60 fee, plus 10% GST, has been cynically designed to deter all those with any complaints about
the barking of nearby dogs.
Alan's story is one of ongoing, unrelieved torment day and night, for years on end.