Short stay ap­proved

North Coast Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

A QUINNS Rocks ac­com­mo­da­tion provider is the first to re­ceive ap­proval from the City of Wan­neroo to con­tinue let­ting six houses to short stay vis­i­tors.

Ron­ald and Valentina de Rui­jter op­er­ate six short stay houses in Quinns Rocks and urge other ac­com­mo­da­tion providers to fol­low their lead.

“We are the first one in Wan­neroo that has ap­proval for hol­i­day homes,” Mr de Rui­jter said.

“The in­dus­try needs to be reg­u­lated; we have to have cer­tain pro­ce­dures in place.

“We are us­ing res­i­den­tial homes as a business – it’s im­por­tant to take re­spon­si­bil­ity as an op­er­a­tor.”

Mr de Rui­jter said the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion granted ap­proval for most of the prop­er­ties, but one required ap­proval from the coun­cil.

Staff pre­sented a re­port on the Santa Bar­bara Pa­rade house at the July coun­cil meet­ing, which the de Rui­jters have let for short stay ac­com­mo­da­tion since 2008.

They lodged for­mal ap­pli­ca­tions in March af­ter learn­ing of the City’s re­quire­ment for plan­ning ap­proval for that use.

The coun­cil re­port said the prop­erty had not been brought to ad­min­is­tra­tion’s at­ten­tion as a com­pli­ance mat­ter.

“Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion, two sub­mis­sions were re­ceived which ob­jected to the pro­posal,” it said.

“The sub­mit­ters raised con­cerns over an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, in­clud­ing noise and safety.

“To en­sure that the res­i­den­tial amenity of the area is sus­tained, the ap­pli­cant has pro­vided a man­age­ment plan.

“The man­age­ment plan in­cludes mea­sures to man­age guests and their be­hav­iour to min­imise dis­rup­tion to the lo­cal­ity.

“The ap­pli­cant has ad­vised that in ad­di­tion to tourists, many of their pre­vi­ous ten­ants have been re­cent mi­grants and re­lo­cat­ing fam­i­lies.”

The coun­cil ap­proved the use for a one-year trial, with con­di­tions, at its July meet­ing.

Mr de Rui­jter said they set up their first short stay house in 2006 and “never had any dra­mas”.

He said there should be plans to limit the num­ber of peo­ple stay­ing in the houses and ad­dress­ing park­ing, which could be a “sen­si­tive” is­sue for neigh­bours.

While there is ac­com­mo­da­tion at Min­darie Ma­rina and in car­a­van parks far­ther south, the hol­i­day houses could of­fer vis­i­tors an­other choice.

“There are hardly any ho­tels or mo­tels in the City,” Mr de Rui­jter said.

“There’s def­i­nitely a de­mand for short term hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473020

Ron­ald de Rui­jter op­er­ates six short stay ac­com­mo­da­tion premises in Quinns Rocks.

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