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Booking agency Stayz says Byron Shire Council’s 60-day cap for short-term rental accommodation will only limit ‘accommodation options for tourists and income for mum and dad retirees’.
What an outcome on holiday letting – it’s a bit like offering $1,000 for a horse and getting it for $500. Yeeha! Happy as I am about the headline outcome, Recommendation 4 by the IPC commissioners suggests opening up more land – the Ballina-isation of Byron.
The much anticipated report by the NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) into Council’s planning proposal around holiday letting was released last week, with commissioners recommending a 60-day yearly cap on non-hosted holiday letting across the Shire, instead of Council’s 90-day proposal.
The Perrottet government has broken their election commitment to Byron Shire on controlling short term rental accommodation the day before Byron Shire Council was set to debate lowering the rental cap, in some parts of the shire, from 180 to 90 days.
The role of short term letting in the ongoing housing crisis was the subject of another intense debate in Ballina Council yesterday, when a group of councillors brought a rescission motion against a unanimous decision from the previous meeting to write a letter to ratepayers who might be able to assist.
Ballina Council staff have delivered a report about short term letting issues in the area, as a severe housing shortage continues to bite across the Northern Rivers.
Hundreds of people who own short-term holiday rentals in the Byron Shire are flouting the State Government’s new registration rules, according to Victims of Holiday Letting.
A Senate Committee inquiry will hear evidence today that changes are needed in Australia’s fire ant response – including the creation of an independent eradication authority.