A new stakeholder group defending registered short-stay operators say councillors have taken up their fight on behalf of the community and they are mystified why a proposed workshop was hosed down by Shire planners.
Registerws Accommodation Providers of the Margaret River Region spokesman Robert McDonald welcomed the latest moves to tighten regulations and enforcement of the Shire of AugustaMargaret River’s holiday homes policy.
Debate at the last council meeting also aired plans to look at a major scheme amendment to give the Shire more power to police unregistered operators using online platforms like Airbnb.
“The group was . . . surprised at the level of debate around Cr (Naomi) Godden’s request to have a workshop/briefing with the consultant that would be engaged to review holiday homes and potential scheme amendments,” Mr McDonald said.
“For the councillors to be able to impart their learnings to the consultant would make sense.
“Otherwise, you risk having a poorly briefed consultant and potentially an outcome that does not address the concerns and queries at hand.”