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November 30, 2022

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Pod homes for Lismore ready for residents

The Southern Cross University temporary housing site is now officially operational and serving as a home for flood affected Lismore locals.

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Can you foster a dog?

Dozens of local rescue dogs are ending up at the pound, and some are having to be euthanised, owing to a critical shortage of people willing to adopt or foster them.

Bangalow Bread: great bread, in Bangalow

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Ballina ‘Steps Up’ against domestic and family violence

The Ballina community came out in force to ‘Step Up Against Domestic Violence on Friday.

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Driving past our new-ish Hollywood-inspired ‘LOVE’ sign on the way into Mullum had me reflect on the reality that...

Car drives into side of Byron homelessness cottage

A key homelessness service in Byron Bay is undergoing significant repairs after a car drove into part of the facility last week.

I am a resident of more than 35 years in the Byron Shire. I have lived in many suburbs and witnessed first-hand the destructive nature of a whole-house Airbnb. The people in the continual whole house rental are not a neighbour that you can connect with, or communicate with when you have concerns about noise or inappropriate behaviour that may be disturbing to oneself or the community. I have had friends very successfully rent out a small studio, some even two studios, when they live onsite and can monitor any issues with badly behaving guests that otherwise cannot be monitored.

My suggestion is that the cap be 90 days on whole houses across the whole Shire and no cap placed on a host who is in residence. This allows people to have holiday access to a whole house for a limited time; also hosts can earn extra money from the tourist industry in a more sustainable way for the whole community. Everyone can benefit from this simple solution to a huge issue in the Byron Shire.

I see a whole-house rental as a business. Why are we allowing a business to operate in suburbia when other industries would not be allowed, either owing to noise, disturbance, or traffic issues, which also seem to be created by an excess of guests in a whole- house Airbnb?

Sharne Warren, Bangalow


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