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Holiday-letting plan a worry, so have your say

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Not worried about holiday letting? Well you should be.

As you read this, Byron Shire Council is busy drawing up a new Short Term Holiday Accommodation Strategy behind closed doors at their chambers.

If enough negatively impacted people do not write a submission to council to tell them what they want, then all of Byron will be opened up for holiday letting.

Even if you are not being affected by holiday letting as yet, any of your neighbouring properties can become holiday lets at the whim of an investor.

Do not let this opportunity go by. Have your say while this is in the planning stages. Write an email or send a letter to the council and tell them what you think and feel and what you want.

Protect out current R2 zone where holiday lets are illegal and call for regulated holiday letting in the R3 zones closer to town before it gets any worse. Say no to R1 (holiday letting over the entire town) and please support VOHL’s efforts in getting council to not allow an open plan model.

Send your email to [email protected]

The deadline is now 22 December 2014 http://tinyurl.com/opb34x3 (Copy and paste this into your browser for details.)

Lorraine Ward, Byron Bay

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  1. Regarding holiday letting of private homes being an ‘integral part of coastal town lifestyles in Oz for decades …in the 40’s/50’s’. In the Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires private dwellings were not available for holiday letting to ‘strangers’ but flats and boarding houses were available on the coast before motels proved the next big thing.

    The short term holiday letting is illegal and therefore could one consider it as passive corruption by local government officials, businesses and home owners that continue to defy the DA requirements of their dwellings in the past and present.

    ‘Active bribery refers to the offence committed by the person who promises or gives the bribe; as contrasted to ‘passive bribery’, which is the offence committed by the official who receives the bribe.
    Active bribery occurs on the supply side, passive bribery on the demand side. In legal lingo (according to the Council of Europe’s Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, for instance), active bribery of public officials is defined as the ” the promising, offering or giving by any person, directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage … for himself or herself or for anyone else, for him or her to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions”.
    Similarly, passive bribery is “the request or receipt…, directly or indirectly, of any undue advantage, for himself or herself or for anyone else, or the acceptance of an offer or a promise of such an advantage, to act or refrain from acting in the exercise of his or her functions”. It is important to note that “active bribery” does not always mean that the briber has taken the initiative. In fact, often the reverse is true.
    The individual who receives the bribe often demanded it in the first place. In a sense, then, he or she is the more “active” party in the transaction.’ http://www.u4.no/glossary/active-and-passive-bribery/#sthash.W4fO0KpR.dpuf
    See more at u4 Anti-corruption Resource Center.

    The Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is a partner in this venture but the Federal and State Governments turn a ‘blind-eye’ to passive corruption getting a public foothold in local government through this means long ago ….corruption within societies of the world had to start somewhere …mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


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