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February 5, 2023

Airbnb: Irish decision

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Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Mother and Daughter Stop Logging in Yarratt Forest

Two women who grew up in the Manning Valley are currently suspended from trees with  ropes connected to, and stopping, logging in Yarratt Forest north of Taree.

Trove runs out of funding in June. How will the loss of the service affect Australian and Pacific research?

Most of Trove’s 22 million annual page visits come from members of the public: family historians, students, and general browsers interested in the six billion records it houses. But over the past 14 years, the archive has also become a crucial resource for academic work.

Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Food prices are up, and so is…

I was shocked to see the cost of local bread I buy in Mullumbimby had risen 40 per cent. That particular loaf is becoming a luxury item.

We’ve had the rain bomb, is a fire bomb next?

We had the Black Summer fires and then the floods and NSW Farmers says time is running out to prevent more mass bushfires at the end of this year.

Advocates of more affordable housing in Byron Shire should take a leaf from Ireland’s decision to set stronger controls (Airbnb caught off guard by introduction of short-term letting restrictions, correspondence shows – Irish Times (2 January).

Ireland’s minister for housing plans to strengthen regulatory controls on the short-term letting of non-principal private residences in rent-pressure zones amid concerns, similar to here, that short-term lets have reduced the availability of long-term rentals.

According to the rental website daft.ie there are 342 properties for rent in Dublin while Airbnb had 376 ‘whole houses’ properties available for a month in the same area.

Patrick Morrisey, Goonengerry

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  1. Legislators should respect the fundamental right to housing and the fact that others have undertaken all due diligence when purchasing property under residential title. Retrospectively altering residential environments into ‘mixed use’ without financial compensation is akin to contempt for our proprietary rights.

  2. Major cities worldwide have banned AirBnb to prevent clogging up their residential zoning.

    Byron Bay’s short term 9 month ‘cheap’ housing opportunity for long stay travellers is the only thing supported with 90 day AirBnb stays.

    The trauma of dropping property investment incomes should not be on the higher sensitive list than pushing a local population into lower housing.

    A loving touch understanding of property owner rights and a disregard for urban planning is renamed as a ‘sharing economy’.

    Some may argue that it is a no brainer entitlement to dispose of the permanent renter model with a higher profit margin, but it sacrifices tenancy rights and drops the support of a town population.


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