Allowing holiday lets indiscriminately all over Byron shire takes equality to a ridiculous level.
The majority of holiday lets (and the problems they bring) are in the immediate coastal areas of our shire – Byron Bay, Suffolk Park, Brunswick Heads.
The hinterland towns do not promote themselves as holiday towns, preferring to attract the day tourists when it rains in the coastal resorts or the Gold Coast.
Many people chose to live in the hinterland towns in preference to the coast to avoid the resort life and its vicissitudes.
To permit unlimited holiday letting in the residential zones of hinterland towns, apart from being illegal, will encourage holiday letting exploitation in these towns and ruin their quiet character.
Please councillors, if you must be party to undermining our zoning laws, be sensible and limit your illegal holiday letting proposals to the shire’s coastal resort towns.
After all, we have many other planning rules that differentiate our towns. Why can’t this approach be taken with respect to holiday letting?
Then, absentee landlords and investors will know where they are not welcome, leaving genuine residential buyers knowing where they can live without holiday letting despoilation.
The new proposals make a lottery of home buying.
Tony Hart, Bangalow