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September 17, 2021

Nothing sustainable about holiday letting

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Dear New Byron Shire Councillors,


I do hope you will finally address the glaring, roaring pink elephant in the room of illegal holiday letting.

I would imagine it would be possible to fine these makers of mendicants: $1000 a week would put a hole in their budget, and it may even repel them from the act of making houses into empty commodities, rather than homes.

I find it offensive that there are hundreds of unused houses not available to the workers and families of Byron shire. The council persists in using such terms as ‘sustainable housing’ – when all that is required is to follow legal action and free up already existing homes. Problem solved. Plus revenue. Plus welcoming back communities who care for their environment, and bring revenue with their art and works.

Please do not use the s-word again until you have done your duty.

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  1. Unfortunately the horse has bolted and left the cart behind. But at the current time the following applies:

    Holiday letting is breaching Section 76B of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979), which states:
    “Development that is prohibited
    (a) an environmental planning instrument provides that specified development is prohibited on land to which the provision applies, or
    (b) development cannot be carried out on land with or without development consent, a person must not carry out the development on the land”.
    Furthermore, Section 126 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 provides that the maximum penalty for illegal development or building works under the Act is a fine of $1.1 million and a further fine of $110,000 for each day that the offence is continuing.

    The Parliamentary inquiry into holiday letting report will be tabled in State Parliament on Wednesday.It will be interesting reading.

  2. A Alley asks: “Why?”
    I say why, after all the years we have fought this monster (elephant, pink or otherwise) do we have no solution?
    The answer has to be human greed without thought of consequences. Perhaps like the Russian pilot who drops his bombs on innocent people in Aleppo and returns to base for a tally ho drink with his mates.
    Victims Of Holiday Letting have spent thousands of dollars and endless hours to find a fair solution to the destruction of our neighbourhoods. Yes, the new Councillors have the bones of a workable STRA Policy almost ready to go to State Planning.
    But we now have a greater challenge: a dim witted report from a Senate Committee that recommends allowing anyone, anywhere to holiday let without planning consent.
    Don’t just be alarmed, effin well wake up and support us – and your new Councillors!

  3. Dare I have the temerity to suggest Doug that, however naughty are the miscreants who let out their homes illegally, their deeds do not cause quite the same measure of harm as those bombs do in Aleppo.


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