Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Council's Hands Tied over Letting; Mayor Blames State Govt for Stopping Housing Reform

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Council's Hands Tied over Letting; Mayor Blames State Govt for Stopping Housing Reform

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Byline: Kate O'Neill Byron Bay reporter

PROPOSED new laws aimed at restoring amenity to Gold Coast residents affected by holiday letting would work in the Byron Shire, but the NSW Government had prevented the council from adopting a similar plan, Byron mayor Jan Barham said.

The Gold Coast City Council recently voted to change local laws to put strict licensing conditions on holiday-let accommodation. The conditions would include the provision of car parks, noise restrictions and limiting the maximum number of occupants.

The Gold Coast has had similar problems to Byron Bay in dealing with holiday letting, but Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke has said the new conditions would move the council close to solving the issue.

Cr Barham said Byron Shire Council was not in a position to implement regulation in the way the Gold Coast had proposed, as the council operated under different legislation.

She said local government was a adifferent beasta in Queensland and had additional powers to local government in NSW. …

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