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Public consultation on Noosa’s crackdown on holiday homes extended

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The public consultation on controversial proposed laws for the short-term accommodation industry in Noosa has been extended by two weeks.

The proposed rules for accommodation owners in the tourist hotspot are out for public comment in a bid to address complaints about noise, traffic and waste.

Feedback is now open until May 28.

Mayor Clare Stewart says it is important all residents have adequate time to put forward their views.
 
“We have received substantial feedback already, but this 14-day extension should provide residents with the necessary time to make their submissions,” she says.
 
Cr Stewart says Council was forced to introduce a local law because the Queensland Government continued to ignore calls for a state-wide framework, unlike other Australian states.

New South Wales will introduce state legislation later this year.

“A state-wide framework would provide much more clarity and consistency for everyone, but the Queensland Government has put the onus back on local councils.

“We are trying to find a balance for all concerned because short-stay letting is important to our shire, but the impacts on residential amenity and anti-social behaviours continue to be an issue for some in our community.”

But some accommodation providers, including AirBnB and Stayz, have hit out at the proposal, saying the laws will harm the local economy.