Simon Davis, president, Victims of Holiday Letting, Byron Bay
I don’t know what it is about this council, but to put a motion through, setting up another working group looking at holiday letting over the next six months, is outrageous to say the least.
We have been looking at this issue for the past 13 years. Holiday letting in residential zones is illegal, as per the judgment of the Land and Environment Court in the Terrigal case a couple of months ago.
Regulation and registration are needed, preferably in specific zones. Holiday lets should be charged commercial rates, as it’s a commercial activity, thus bringing on a permanent income stream for Council to pay for infrastructure costs associated with the extra tourist traffic created by holiday lets.
What is to be discussed? Nothing! HLO wants self-regulation but it’s been proved that it does not work: read the judgment in the Terrigal case or listen to locals in Byron. So let’s move on and do something constructive; no more group meetings – there is nothing to be gained. Council has the knowhow to put something into action and rid the shire of this insidious cancer.