Doug Luke, co-ordinator, VOHL
I refer to Jenny Coman’s recent letter Victims of holiday letting should consider class action.
Much as we love you, Jenny, and your great contribution to our community we do feel that you have misrepresented the position taken by Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL).
VOHL has stated in recent letters to the editor and a media release that we are supporting the proposed Development Control Plan (DCP) only. We are making submissions amending and adding more protection to neighbours of holiday lets. Many of the regulations in the DCP on public exhibition have been researched from Australian councils that have existing holiday letting policies. These are working.
VOHL strongly opposes the open model plan where holiday letting will be allowed anywhere a residence is found. VOHL supports zones/precincts and continues to present the case for a reduction in their size and to have boundaries to areas of existing concentration of holiday lets and to exclusion areas where there is a very small number of holiday lets. This would protect a majority of R2 Residential Zones. We believe it is on record that Jenny supported and devised precincts when she was a councillor.
VOHL initially urged council to prosecute illegal holiday lets, which was boosted by a Land and Environment Court decision. Instead, council decided to develop a holiday letting strategy in line with other NSW coastal councils.
If council’s strategy is not strong and enforced by additional resources including 24/7 ranger presence neither VOHL nor the community will accept it.