You [Garth and Sonya Brien (19 October)] state that you are part of the community.
Unfortunately, expecting to make money from the community by using private homes for holiday letting shows no respect for our community. Byron is very small geographically, it was never planned as today’s subdivisions, so the houses close to town including Wategos, Suffolk Park and Broken Head just evolved.
People came here for many reasons, certainly not for the opportunity to make money but for the lifestyle that appealed to them. They started their own business, helped to create sporting venues, to equip our hospital raising money along with George Feros, who tirelessly rang his bell to raise money for a retirement home.
We have enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence for many years, but Byron is changing. There must be other ways to accommodate visitors than to expect the community to have holiday houses next door 365 days per year.
This is not the Gold Coast, it’s a very small community who wish to live quietly, not expecting to have people coming and going all day, then the cleaners etc.
Coming to Byron Bay just to make money from our community is unfair. Go to the Gold Coast if this is all you can do.
As for Byron Council paying $100,000 to create a ten-year tourist vision… Tourists do bring revenue to this town and there are many businesses that do rely on that, but please, not to our detriment.
I have had an Airbnb next to me – I know what it’s like to have tourists next door. Build a motel for tourists and leave us alone.