Mayoral candidate calls for delay in short-term stay changes
NOOSA Mayoral candidate Clare Stewart wants council to delay any vote on short-term letting laws, pending further community consultation.
Ms Stewart expected council to vote on the divisive issue this month., but Ms Stewart said community consultation, stakeholder engagement and proper process had been lacking.
"An alleged 100 complaints is the suggested catalyst for short-term letting accommodation in low density residential areas to be changed from 'consistent' to 'inconsistent' in the new draft Noosa Plan by Council," Ms Stewart said.
She noted the number of complaints could equate to just .0045 per cent of the population.
"This is not a great statistic for council to base major decisions upon. Changes to these laws affect all areas of our economy, particularly employment, small business and our thriving tourism sector."
Ms Stewart said the proposed changes appeared to contradict council's plans for future economic growth and its own claims of strong employment.
"A statistic often espoused by Mayor Wellington is the boast that unemployment rates in Noosa are lower than other regions in southeast Queensland," Ms Stewart said.
"A reduction in short-term letting will have a negative impact on this very fact. More accommodation means employment of more cleaners, gardeners, tradespeople, real estate agents, booking agents, and maintenance support.
"Similarly, council's own economic profile 2018 cited rental, hiring and real estate as well as the obvious juggernaut that is tourism as key sectors which contributed to Noosa's economic growth in 2016-17," she said.
Should planning decisions on Noosa's short-term stay changes be delayed?
This poll ended on 04 January 2020.
Yes, there need to be more consultation.
I'm not sure.
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Ms Stewart said the potential impact on local economic growth and viability cannot be understated."
Ms Stewart said the proposed amendments were "overbearing and unreasonable to property owners and tenants.
"The community has been given a chance to make submissions, however as this matter is complex and affects a vast majority of residents, I believe council needs to engage with the community on a Q&A basis," she said.
"If the current mayor has any sense of goodwill and fairness, he will delay the vote. Similarly, I would urge him not to use his 'casting' vote on an issue which has such a major impact on so many of our ratepayers.
"The proposed laws have been controversial, undertaken with a matter of urgency and having consulted with key stakeholders, I can safely say are seemingly unpopular at best within the wider community.
"The community's concerns and thoughts need to be heard, answered and appeased prior to any laws being passed."