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How about some joined up thinking?

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) has major concerns about the lifting of one of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The NSW government website states, ‘You may travel to regional NSW for a holiday. Up to 20 people may stay in a holiday home or holiday rental. More than 20 people can stay in a holiday home or holiday rental if they are all members of the same household.’

VOHL welcomes the reopening of approved accommodation to holidaymakers, where due diligence in obtaining development consent has occurred.

VOHL does NOT welcome the reopening of short-term rental accommodation where it is still illegal in Byron Shire.

It is ludicrous for the NSW government to allow 20 or more people into a holiday let – it is an invitation for a ‘party house’.

This is totally opposite to the latest government position, as seen in the Department of Planning’s last exhibition on holiday letting, for two people of any age per bedroom, up to a maximum of six bedrooms, to occupy a holiday let.

It appears that one arm of government is not aware what the policies are of the other arm of government.

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  1. Absolute NSW Government stupidity allowing 20 plus people into a holiday let. How can they be expected to socially distance. Police broke up a party in one Airbnb in Byron Bay on the weekend where over 200 attended.

    Awaiting the next COVID 19 wave to hit Byron Bay and to have a lockdown as is happening in the residential towers in Melbourne.


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