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March 7, 2021

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Katherine Tranberg, South Golden Beach

The shocking lack of housing options for people who live and work in our shire continues to unfold. The crisis is now bleeding into areas and towns where people on modest incomes, once retreated to find homes they could afford to rent or buy.

It saddens me greatly to see this unfold, the logical end result can only be a region stripped of its diversity and ability to accommodate people from all socio economic groups.

Many instances around the globe should act as a cautionary tale to our shire. Think Venice where local artisans and residents can no longer afford to live in the city.

It seems state governments have all but given up on providing accessible public housing, so perhaps it’s time for radical demands.

So what to do in the midst of this preposterous situation? We should be appealing to the social conscious of wealthy individuals purchasing multi-million dollar properties in our shire. I dare say that if you can cough up $22 million for a home, you could likely buy an additional ‘entry level’ (probably about $900k) property somewhere in the shire and dedicate it to being a permanent and affordable rental.

Perhaps such an act of generosity might be a way to ameliorate the social disadvantage and dislocation that confronts us. Who knows it might even dampen some of the rage felt by those most effected by their town becoming an elite and exclusive enclave.

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  1. Restrict Airbnb and your problem will go away overnight.

    When the borders closed in QLD there were so many Airbnb suddenly popping up as rentals.

    Initially they were asking way too much but had to bend to market rates.


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