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HEAR NO EVIL, SEE NO EVIL - AND OUR NSW STATE POLITICIANS CARE NOT...

NSW State MPs and Legislators continue to ignore the findings of an Australian Criminality Report, which determined that short-term rentals mixed with permanent Residents resulted in the highest concentrations of criminal activity. Indeed it is difficult most of the time to keep abreast of the many Media Reports detailing all type of disturbing activity related to Airbnb-typerentals. In the past couple of days Airbnb clients on the Sunshine Coast have reportedly been robbed by an intruder who is thought to have recently stayed in the same premises and simply cut duplicate keys in order to carry out his crime, a policeman turned prison officer who filmed 34 female clients using the shower in

PLANNING MINISTER ROBERTS, YOU THINK THIS IS A JOKE?

ABC North Coast is reporting that Byron Shire Holiday Letting is 85 times the national average. “One in every six properties in the Shire is now listed online for short-term holiday rental.” Someone needs to tell the ABC that our State Parliamentarians no longer refer to such operations as ‘short-term holiday rentals’; officially the term no longer exists. The Australian Coastal Councils Association has released a report that found 17 per cent of Byron Shire’s total housing stock is now listed on platforms such as Airbnb. Executive director Alan Stokes says the only other council area that comes close is Port Douglas in Queensland, which has 13 per cent of properties listed on home sharin

PUBLIC SERVANT OR MERELY SERVILE TO MINISTERS

Yesterday we reported that NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman had declined to answer questions on Land and Environment Court case law judgments and the proprietary rights of Residents who acquired residential dwellings fully aware of the Planning instruments that specifically prohibit short-term holiday rentals. Mark Speakman had passed our correspondence to Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts. After sending yesterday’s Media Release to Members of Parliament we were contacted in writing by the Acting Executive Director Planning Policy and advised that the Hon Anthony Roberts had asked her to respond on his behalf. We were told our “concerns” over the conversion of residential hous

A Futile Invitation From Our Planning and Housing Minister

NSW Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Robertsis “calling for feedback on proposed amendments to planning rules in order to provide for short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in NSW. STRA was formerly known as short-term holiday letting.” Indeed, Minister Roberts has been calling for and absolutely ignoring feedback for five years. Those who believe they know NSW Planning Laws “well enough” are of the opinion that Minister Roberts’ strategy is “totally illegal”. A lay person’s interpretation of Minister Roberts’ Explanation of Intended Effect, Short-Term Rental Accommodation Planning Framework goes something like this: Stay for an hour, a night, a week or a month in an accredited NSW

SHORT-TERM RENTALS - WHO'S CALLING THE SHOTS ON OUR HOMES?

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matthew Kean writes that in 2016 an estimated 215,964 homes across our State were operating as holiday rental premises. Zero 2018 data is available from the Minister. Shoalhaven City Council’s Strategic Planning Manager told a Parliamentary Inquiry into short-term rentals: “If you look at places like Hyams Beach, Callala and further south, they can have anywhere up to 70 to 80 per cent of their dwellings vacant during winter. That gives you an indication that they are holiday homes of some description…We do not want to regulate the 4,000-plus holiday homes.” Indeed, following the landmark NSW Land and Environment Court (LEC) judgment – Dobro

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