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$1,000 per night is affordable housing?

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This is what the town planners and all but one councillor have just approved for a rural property in Myocum. This DA was approved as a transitional home under the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP.

This medical enterprise is to charge $1,000 per night per client, which is not affordable to anyone but the very wealthiest, therefore unlikely to help any of our vulnerable locals.

This enterprise is charging for a seven-week medical program ($50,000 per client) for potentially ten clients. These prospective clients are not renting; they are paying for a commercial, profit-making service.

All rural property owners should now be very worried about the consequences of this approval. This DA has set a precedent for future commercial use on rural properties. Anyone can now, surely, set up any form of accommodation and charge what they like for ‘affordable housing’.

Did each councillor actually read this long, involved (and in some cases untrue) DA? Did the planning department tell each councillor that 14 properties in Kingsvale Road vigorously objected by letter and email to this DA?

The passing of this DA defies any sense of transparency and further investigation into its passing must be undertaken. Something is not right about this process.

Andrew Player, Myocum

 

 


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