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Passive aggressive noteleaving neighbour cops a serve

CALL someone who cares

That was the cheeky response of a Western Australian man who gave his passive aggressive note-leaving neighbour the ultimate smackdown.

An apartment building in the Perth entertainment hub of Northbridge has become a gentrification battleground, with a war of words breaking out between its NIMBY inhabitants and those who embrace the areas lively character.

It all started with a notice placed in the common area, urging residents to dob in the nearby Jack Rabbit Slims nightclub for excessive noise, helpfully listing the local councils after hours contact number.

While at least two other residents shared their concern, writing on the notice that they were sick of the late night bass beats, one neighbour wrote: You probably shouldnt have moved into the night-life capital of WA.

Local DJ Ace Basik who lives in the building decided to get creative, crossing out the council details and leaving the contact number for Lifeline.

My apartment literally overlooks Jack Rabbits and I cop the brunt of any noise made, but a) it isnt that bad, and b) I accept the fact that I live in a night-life precinct, he wrote on Facebook.

Rent is cheaper and houses are bigger in the burbs. I wouldnt be here if I didnt actively choose to be here.

Fellow Perth DJ Timbee vented in a Facebook post of his own, lashing out at the residents whose complaints he said were killing the citys arts community.

Northbridge has seen the closure of a number of venues as residential ratepayers out number the voting power of venues more than tenfold, he wrote.

They seek to actively target and destroy a community which was there long before these whingeing yuppies took up residence in a completely inappropriate location.

He said families should not move to the area if they were worried about their children being kept awake at night.

You relinquished your right to complain about noise when you sought out a lease next to a famous nightspot, DJ Timbee said.

Unless you are a special sort of moronic ninny, I have to assume that you were aware that your property backed onto a bar or nightclub and it didnt just appear one day as you were watching Channel-7s Sunrise while eating your almond-milk paleo gluten free porridge.

Jack Rabbit Slims has been operating under various names in Northbridge for more than two decades.

The clash between residents and music venues is one that has played out in gentrifying inner-city suburbs around Australia, from Melbournes St Kilda to Sydneys Kings Cross, where grungy nightclubs and brothels have made way for apartment developments, yoga studios and hipster cafes.

Sevenyearold boys hilarious reaction to the budget

YOU thought the Budget was boring? You’re not the only one.

A seven-year-old boy expressed what we were all probably thinking during last nights Budget, when he pretended to fall asleep on camera.

Canberras James Watling appeared in the background of an ABC television program while presenter Barrie Cassidy was delivering a Budget breakdown.

Among black suits and serious expressions, James popped up in his bright yellow SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt and started pulling faces.

Watching a live Budget, seeing @annabelcrabb and my son getting on TV #SpongeBob #parentingwin? pic.twitter.com/4LdPOVzKQz

#sadbudgetkid #Budget2016 #budget @abcnews @abc730 #SpongeBob #barriecassidy pic.twitter.com/5FcL08HctO

James mother Kassie Watling told the Daily Mail her family had just moved to Canberra and she wanted to give her children the real capital city experience.

They lined up to get a picture with ABCs Annabel Crabb but they found themselves in the background of Cassidys program.

Clearly James wasnt too interested in tax relief and people took to Twitter to pay their respects to the young boy.

Kid in yellow does not want to be there. #Budget2016 pic.twitter.com/mWs0rKteuu

The real star of @abcnews budget coverage is the kid in the background in the SpongeBob tee pulling faces. pic.twitter.com/YtLHHmuzar

The little kid behind Barrie Cassidy wants to go home #auspol #abc730

My husband and I could see him pulling faces in the viewer and we decided that he had sat quietly in the public gallery to watch the Budget speech, Ms Watling said.

When the camera turned away from Cassidy, the family used it as a chance to sneak away.

Ms Watling said she let her son pull faces because he wasnt disturbing anyone.

He constantly amuses us. Im pleased James gave some amusement to viewers on TV.

Ms Watling said her son wasnt too interested in the Federal Budget, and was more focused on his pocket money instead.