Today marks 20 years since the Childers backpacker hostel fire that killed 15 people.  “Sergeant Geoff Fay was one of the first on the scene and said it was still difficult to talk about the tragedy.”  As reported by the ABC, the event prompted a state-wide overha...

State MP for Ballina (encompassing Byron Bay) Tamara Smith MP wrote to constituents:  “I spoke directly to Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole MP about restricting non-residents visiting Byron and the Northern Rivers via bus and train. We simply don't have the h...

In a 31 March Media Release, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro, asked that all non-essential travel to regional NSW towns and remote communities be cancelled.  Mr Barilaro is particularly worried about city residents using the upcoming Easter b...

Australian Short-Term Rental Accommodation (ASTRA) chairman Rob Jeffress has 445 homes listed on Airbnb.  In an undated Media Release, sent last Thursday, Jeffress again argues that he and short-term rental landlords are “Australian mum and dads and small business owne...

Yesterday’s letter by Short-Term Rental Operators Airbnb, Stayz and the Association of Short Term Rental Association (ASTRA) to Federal and State Ministers seeking an industry bailout was preceded by some five days by the Owners Corporation Network.  In a letter t...

Our Media Release on Friday reposted information “from one of Sydney’s major hospitals on the COVID-19 Coronavirus to Staff”.  Well it wasn’t.  It was a scam message.  Proof of our error in distributing this misinformation is confirmed in this...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison imposed a 14-day self-isolation period on all international arrivals into Australia due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak – the directive being effective as of Sunday, 16 March 2020.  Returning Australian Citizens and Residen...

The Wall Street Journal reports Airbnb US listings are starting to take a hit as big events are cancelled, with bookings similarly tanking in major cities worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Unsurprisingly, new data from AirDNA says bookings in Beijing fell 96% i...