Neighbours star Lachlan Daddo wins legal battle to keep palm trees at Newport home


Not so good Neighbours! TV star Lachlan Daddo and his actress wife Karina win bitter legal battle with couple next door over palm trees blocking water views

  • TV star Lachlan Daddo and wife Karina won legal battle to keep three palm trees
  • Pair were taken to court by neighbours who said trees blocked views of Newport
  • Court slammed the neighbours as entitled for demanding Daddos prune trees 

A former TV star and his wife have won a legal battle to keep three palm trees that neighbours claimed obstructed views from their million-dollar home.

Lachlan Daddo, who starred in Neighbours, and his wife Karina were sued in the NSW Land and Environment Court by Stuart and Leanne Holdsworth.

The Holdsworths complained three Bangalow Palms formed ‘a hedge’ on the Newport property, on Sydney‘s northern beaches, that blocked ‘iconic views to Newport Beach and Peak surf break’. 

Acting Commissioner John Douglas slammed the Holdsworths for showing ‘an unusual sense of entitlement’ after demanding their neighbours prune the trees.

Lachlan Daddo (right), who starred in 'Neighbours', and his partner Karina (left) were taken to the Land and Environment Court by their neighbours Stuart and Leanne Holdsworth

Lachlan Daddo (right), who starred in ‘Neighbours’, and his partner Karina (left) were taken to the Land and Environment Court by their neighbours Stuart and Leanne Holdsworth

The Holdsworths complained three Bangalow Palms had formed 'a hedge' on the Newport property, on Sydney's northern beaches, that blocked 'iconic views to Newport Beach and Peak surf break'

The Holdsworths complained three Bangalow Palms had formed ‘a hedge’ on the Newport property, on Sydney’s northern beaches, that blocked ‘iconic views to Newport Beach and Peak surf break’

‘Mr and Mrs Holdsworth displayed an unusual sense of entitlement to compel their neighbours to prune their trees, apparently based on some nebulous notion that it was “unneighbourly” for them to do otherwise,’ he said. 

Mr Douglas, who is an arborist, said the three trees could not have formed a hedge as they were planted at different times, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

One of the palm trees measured between 10 to 15m while the other two were 5m tall. 

He said the tallest palm tree was planted next to the driveway 10 to 20 years before the two smaller trees were added to the backyard.

Mr Douglas said the Holdsworths only had ‘minor’ obstructions to their views and ‘wasted’ their neighbours’ time by taking the matter to court. 

The judgement found the Holdsworths had ‘sweeping local and district views spanning a broad arc of about 150 degrees from north-west around to the east… with undulating landforms, and extensive native and urban vegetation… and a narrow, tunnel-like view through to the Newport beach surf’.

Mr Daddo took on a more serious role when he starred as Stephen Gottlieb on 'Neighbours' in the same decade

Mr Daddo took on a more serious role when he starred as Stephen Gottlieb on ‘Neighbours’ in the same decade

Daddo made his debut on television as a presenter on ABC’s ‘Countdown Revolution’ in the early 1990s.

He took on a more serious role when he starred as Stephen Gottlieb on Neighbours in the same decade. 

The actor then hosted popular travel show Getaway in the mid 1990s and now works as a real estate agent on the northern beaches.

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