Op­er­a­tors’ con­cerns

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

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