The Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council has responded to traditional tourism operators’ concerns about compliance monitoring, reiterating its holiday homes policies and highlighting the recent approval of additional resources.
The Times last month reported Capes accommodation providers were considering a class-action lawsuit against the City of Busselton and the council, claiming the local government’s alleged failure to monitor and force compliance on unregistered holiday homes was hurting their livelihoods.
Shire sustainable development director Dale Putland last week responded to the Times’ queries, saying the council regulated holiday homes through the town planning framework, requiring operators to gain a development approval before operating.
He said the policy guided where holiday homes could operate, and many homes did, in fact, have the necessary approvals.
“Unauthorised holiday home operators can face significant financial penalties,” he said.