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Byron Shire
May 23, 2024

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Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Other News

Embarking on adventure

The 2024 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Brunswick Heads and the Picture House is calling all adventurers, thrill-seekers, and lovers of the great outdoors. With only two screenings scheduled for 23 and 24 May, tickets are selling fast.

Fed gov’t doubles funds for local road repairs

Local governments across the state are to share in $1.2 billion worth of commonwealth funding for local roads over the next five years.

NSW Gov’t promises to fast-track super battery storage

State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Causes of death

There’s been a lot of talk about an epidemic of violence against women lately, including Dr Ray Moynihan’s article...

Hundreds of DV arrests across state

Police have charged more than 550 people during a four-day operation targeting the state’s most dangerous domestic and family violence offenders.

The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are being silly in a film take of the ‘80s television series: The Fall Guy. He’s a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?

Richard White, East Ballina

Why do governments give precedence to a minority of investors and speculators, over the majority of residents, homeowners, and tenants, when it comes to Airbnb? Who profits?

Who loses? All those established motels and hotels and caravan parks who pay to be accommodation businesses for one.

Where are the fire and safety costs in an Airbnb? As well as payment of licences, regulatory charges, local government rates, adequate parking, and taxes?

If I buy next to a motel, my purchase price is reflected in the cost, and I know I’m next to an accommodation business with a manager on site to control unruly guests.

The Airbnb company was conceived after its founders rented out an air mattress in their living room, effectively turning their apartment into a bed and breakfast, to offset the high cost of rent in San Francisco. Someone was living there as a regulator who doesn’t want an all-night party every night.

Airbnb is an American home rental platform based in San Francisco that lets people list, find, and rent short-term lodging in 65,000 cities and more than 191 countries across the globe… now valued at $31 billion.

So, Airbnb Inc gets some money for me losing sleep. An absentee owner pays off a mortgage, while I lose sleep. The local council only gets standard land value rates!

We know that for the past six years general wages have stagnated for the worker, while big business and the wealthy keep making money, even during COVID. And now their investments are taking away our community, lifestyle, and sleep – so they can pilfer even more wealth.

When will we see young families being able to access the home market again?

Certainly not until wages grow and wealth distribution become more reasonable. Then, young owner-buyers may get a chance to buy a home for their family.

Stock markets are still growing, so why can’t these property investors move their money into just more shares and give the average taxpayer a chance to have a home and a quiet community.

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