Holiday precincts bad idea, says Byron Shire's Cr Cubis
BYRON Shire councillor Chris Cubis has lashed out at last week's decision by his council to develop a new strategy for holiday letting.
The council voted to support a motion by Cr Duncan Dey, that the new strategy examine holiday precincts as a way of lessening the impact of holiday letting on permanent residents.
The aim would be "to corral those impacts into suitable precincts leaving the majority of residents a normal urban lifestyle," Cr Dey said.
However, Cr Cubis said the approach had been "tried and failed before" and would not resolve the issue.
"The heralded wisdom of Cr Dey's motion last week is not shared with the majority that understand the practicalities of this industry problem," he said.
Cr Cubis instead supported a regulation approach to holiday letting.
"Regulation has some benefits, in that the holiday lets can be properly identified, as well as the illegal operators," he said in a statement issued yesterday.
"This would have immediate positive impacts when some industry and community standards were applied."