Short-stay con­fu­sion

Augusta Margaret River Times - - NEWS - War­ren Hately

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.”

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