Council not ‘letting’ us have a fair go
LOCAL businessman and local investor Ralph Rogers believes Noosa Council's proposals on short-stay letting for the shire are "tearing this community apart".
"The council's proposed policy for short term letting, which it keeps changing, is contentious, confusing and confrontational," Mr Rogers said.
"I have pleaded with councillors individually not to vote on the proposal at this time (Wednesday), but to give residents longer to study it and respond to it.
"Many people in our community are concerned that no credible economic impact study has been conducted to understand the proposal's current and future economic effects," he said.
Mr Rogers said the council is wandering into this complex issue with "absolutely no idea of what the consequences might be"
He has taken aim at Mayor Tony Wellington for "glibly" rejecting the ongoing letting concerns of "the 3000 homeowners in the shire who currently let out their properties and the many more who might intend to do so in the future".
"Pleas from the business community - the primary employers in Noosa who understand the economics of the shire better than anyone - are also being ignored," Mr Rogers said.
He said the council had told him a vote on the matter had not been planned and documentation was not ready and then 48 hours later scheduled a special meeting on adopting the planning scheme.
"In my view, a council acting in the best interests of the shire would defer a vote on this draconian proposal, which will be subject to one legal challenge after another," Mr Rogers said.
"Better still, they could chuck it out altogether and go back to the drawing board."