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90 day cap will decimate local economy

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My wife and I are long-term residents of the Byron Shire. We have both lived in and around this beautiful region for over 50 years. We are locals.

My early career revolved around the backpacker industry as travellers from across the globe descended onto Byron Bay, falling in love with its spectacular beauty and vibrant atmosphere. Then, in 2001, I was diagnosed with leukaemia, which resulted in a sudden shift for the worse in our lives. We had two young children and for the unforeseeable future my ability to generate an income for our survival would be severely compromised. Needing a solution to help us get through this tumultuous period, my wife was offered a single studio in Wategos Beach to manage as a short-term holiday rental. This was the beginning of a business that, over the next 20 years, would sustain not only our family but many families in the Byron Shire. We now employ 25 locals full time and provide work to 90+ separate businesses in the local area, such as cleaners, linen hire, shuttle bus services, handymen, plumbers, electricians, garbage collectors, gardeners… the list goes on! And then there’s the flow on to other business sectors in our Shire with the dollars that our guests contribute to: the cafes, retail outlets, bars, caterers, wedding industry personnel, taxi/uber drivers… 

Council’s 90-day cap proposal will totally devastate our local economy. Byron Shire Council is looking at our industry as a scapegoat for their lack of foresight and planning in providing affordable housing for the influx of new residents that have descended upon our region over the last 20 years. 

One of the most distressing and disappointing aspects of this whole saga is how Council is attempting to drive a wedge into our community. I grew up here, I care about our community, we ensure our guests (mostly families) understand what the community expects of them when they visit our beautiful part of the North Coast. These families deliver huge economic benefits to our region and the homes they stay in will not return to the permanent rental pool and are not what you would class as ‘affordable housing’. 

We are locals. We are business owners. We love our region. We contribute to the economy of the Shire in a significant way. We have worked our hearts out at building a business for 20 years and now we have a proposal from our council that could, in an instant, wipe away everything that we have built.

Garth and Sonya Brien, Coorabell

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    • Last century there was plenty of reasonably priced holiday accomodation- motels, flats, houses and caravan parks- for holiday makers. Homes weren’t thought of as ‘investments’ to be used to generate wealth. Thus housing was affordable for locals and everyone was able to make an adequate living. Most were content to live the good life and look after each other and this precious place. Even after one of the biggest employers-the local meat works-closed no one starved.

      Now greed has taken over and is destroying everything most people valued.

  1. Well said Garth

    Failure in council and local government planning is why we are where we are with a shortage of housing , combined with market forces due limited stock ,

    Council is just picking at low hanging fruit as usual , with no long term plan , they think that many homeowners will put their short term stay on the long term rental market if a 90 day cap comes into place. Simply not true .

    I rent out my place for short term let , to help pay the bills , and since my main business slowed down with covid , it’s a way to help financially.
    I am a responsible host . and all our guests contribute to the local economy whilst here , As we are located just outside of Byron , our nightly rates are much cheaper than in central Byron , and areas where council will allow 365 days of short term stay .

    Another reason I started letting short term was to be able to provide and affordable holiday for many couple and families wanting a seaside holiday.

    Seems like council wants to tell us what we can do with our own property which I worked hard to save for , and still paying off.
    Short term thinking is to be expected from this inward looking council , they only care about looking after the big businesses in this town ,
    some of whom used to be on council .

    How many homes in the West Byron development will be for affordable housing ..?? Zero ,

  2. You’ll be negatively impacted but the benefit to possibly thousands of people via cheaper rents and actually having a rental available outweighs what you are saying. Have a drive through the industrial estate one day and think about what decent housing availability for all of those employees will do for the local economy and all of those businesses. Its time for council to follow through on this 90 day cap and congrats to them for getting it this far.

  3. Garth. The gravy train has reached the station, you’ve had a good ride, will all passengers & freeloaders please depart.
    Totally decimate? no-one else sees the negatives, so maybe owning multiple empty houses isn’t such a smart move after all?
    Maybe now Ewingsdale Rd will be slightly less choked if even a fraction of those essential workers can live less than 50km from their workplaces & can probably afford to saving so much on fuel


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