Vegan’s ‘extreme’ move to ban BBQs
FRUSTRATED vegan Cilla Carden is so fed up with her two neighbours she has taken them to court over meat and smoke smells.
The Perth woman from Girrawheen said she couldn't enjoy her backyard, claiming her neighbours deliberately waft their barbecue meat smells into her yard.
"They've put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish … I can't go out there," Ms Carden told Nine News.
The massage therapist has been embroiled in a battle with Toan Vu, his wife and children since late 2018.
After her claims were rejected by a tribunal earlier this year on lack of evidence, she applied to the Supreme Court of Western Australia for right of appeal. It was also turned down in July.
Lawyer John Hammond told Nine News going to the Supreme Court was an "extreme option" - but it hasn't stopped Ms Carden from further appealing the case.
She told Nine News what her neighbours were doing was "absolutely deliberate".
And it's not just the smell of meat and fish she's furious over - it's the smell of cigarettes and the sound of children playing with basketballs next door.
"It's been devastating, it's been turmoil, it's been unrest, I haven't been able to sleep," Ms Carden said.
Mr Vu said he just wanted to "keep the peace" and had removed his barbecue out of his yard and also banned his children from playing basketball.
However, Ms Carden also complained about another neighbour who resides on the other side of the Vu family.
The neighbour, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "Ms Carden's demands were proven to be not reasonable and indeed were to the detriment of the other owners' ability to enjoy their lots in a reasonable and acceptable manner."
The legal battle isn't over yet, as Ms Carden vows to return to court to continue the fight against her neighbours.
Mr Hammond said the first step in any dispute with your neighbours was to try and resolve the matter face-to-face.
"If you don't do it like that you're going to be up for a world of misery," he told Nine News.
Ms Carden said she just wanted to live her life in peace.
Many have to taken to social media to weigh in on the debate, with some siding with Ms Carden's complaints over the smell of cigarettes and burning wood.
"BBQ is a little too far, but the other things are important everyone has the right to quiet enjoyment of their living space," one Facebook user said. "Your breathing in the concentrated smoke before your neighbours receive it. If you wonder why you a feeling unwell all the time - its probably because you are burning everything else other than wood."
However, not all were as compassionate, saying Ms Carden had no right to complain about BBQs while living in suburbia and stopping children from playing in their own backyards.
"Lost for words. Can't stand kids playing basketball. What next. We should encourage kids to be playing outside. Maybe she needs to move to a property in the middle of nowhere with no neighbours," a Facebook user said.
"This goes far beyond veganism. She obviously has extremely bad nerves. Suburbia is clearly not for her," another added.
"This is the only time I'd call for compulsory national service. It's call communal living. Respecting your neighbours. It requires you to give up certain expectations. If you want that much freedom move to where there are no other people," said a third.