Sorry if this is in the wrong spot but I am just after some public opinion on this before I go to the Lands Dept tomorrow and you guys and girls are always so helpful.
Some of you know my story, my two GSD's got into my neighbours property and fatally wounded two of their sheep. We paid for the sheep and all the other costs and rehomed the dogs, much to our heartache. On completetion of this 'transaction' we showed our neighbour the fence and asked if we could move towards replacing it. He was agreeable and even made noises about bringing out equipment to help.
Since then I have been getting quotes, taking extra work to pay for the work and generally running around to get it all in order to proceed. Last week I finally had it all in order to give to the neighbour. There was a detailed spreadsheet of the costs, a copy of a fencing contract from the Fencing Act, copies of the Fencing Act and a copy of a factsheet explaining the whole process. I am arranging delivery and EVERYTHING associated. All my neighbour has to do is pay the money that is his share to the designated supplier of goods, I will pay my share and the work will commence.
So yesterday he tears down to our place with his wife, greets me rudely, refuses to speak to me and will only speak to my husband (who has had NOTHING to do with this). On speaking to my husband he throws all the paperwork at him, tells us that 'it is not a proper contract' and proceeds to tell us that the fence is adequate and he will NOT be replacing it at which point his wife pops in with 'we are rural, this fence serves our purpose so we dont have to do nuthing'. As we were speaking his lambs were escaping on to the neighbours land, through this very fence to which he just said, that doesnt matter. The fence is only 900mm high, his horse is always leaning over it to get our grass and pushing the fence over, his lambs are always out and our dogs pushed through the rusted part to get into his paddock in the first place. He then claims that we are not replacing like for like and there ends his argument with the thrown in comment that we can take it to the Lands Board, if they say it needs replaced he will, he knows the bloke, he lives just up the road, we'll get him down to look at it. In other words, he's my mate, youve got buckleys. He also said that we can leave 'his' fence where it is and build 'our' fence along side of it. We are also not allowed to build 'our' fence and take down his, even if we pay for all of it.
Anyway here are some pics of the fence in question. Can I please have your honest opinions. He has one cow, one horse and approx 6 sheep and lambs on his side, we have Gigha on ours. The cost of the work will be about $1000 each. The nice fence is what we want to do to replace it which is why his like for like comment is IMO laughable.
Your comments, either way, are sought.