Council backs off landowners

By DAWN COHEN dawn.cohen@northern- star.com.au

BYRON Shire Council has temporarily ceased action against holiday-letting land- owners. At a meeting yesterday, the council decided it would take no further compliance action against holiday lets un- til it clarified its position on the controversial matter. "The council is waiting un- til it works out its general approach to the broader is- sues," said general manager Pam Westing. "This is consistent with how we have approached complex matters in the past where there are a number of

different stakeholders." Over the past two months Byron Shire Council has sent notices to a few individual landlords whose holiday lets were drawing complaints from residents about noise and

other matters. But in a confidential meet- ing with mayor Cr Jan Bar- ham last week, the Holiday Letting Organisation, repre- senting landlords, argued against the council move. Byron Shire Council is considering limiting holiday letting to two months each year in an effort to stem the growing complaints of resi- dents living next to all-year- round party houses and their noise and garbage problems. "We are holding a forum on October 5 to gauge the opinion of all the stakehold- ers," said Ms Westing. "The council will wait for the outcome of the forum be- fore proceeding further." John Gudgeon, president of HLO, said he was happy with the council decision. "It takes away the pres- sure, until a solution is worked out," he said. n What do you think? Phone the Star Feedback line on 6624 3266 or email opin- ions@northernstar.com.au



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