Gerd Modlich, Byron Bay
One has only to stroll through the Byron CBD to realise there is a lot of money in the pockets of our visiting tourists. So what is all the fuss Byron Shire Council management is making about residential rate increases?
Each individual property, including non-professionals, conducting holiday rental should be covered by an annual license issued following all relevant safety checks. This license should average out at around $2,500 p.a. depending on the size of the property, renewable every financial year.
Furthermore, lift the parking fee towards Sydney/Brisbane level, we now have the necessary infrastructure.
Also, all business rates should carry the remaining gap in needed funding. Obviously, all visiting tourists regard – for good reasons – Byron Bay as a fun park by the sea. That’s great but there is, to my knowledge not one fun park on this planet with free rides or free entry. So, let the council funding come from where the money is made in this town, simple as that, full stop, no more to says.