Hobart City Council & Byron Shire introduces new measures to tackle visitor surge

Published on : Monday, June 19, 2017

Hobart City CouncilCouncilors with the Hobart City Council and Byron Shire both have lifted up the concerns about the stresses the sharing sites are augmenting to infrastructure.

Both are quite well-known tourist destinations and are going through some issues related to locals and welfare groups that there are no longer reasonable homes to rent long-term.
Their apprehensions reverberate similar experiences overseas, where few cities have implemented stricter regulations to protect locals.

Mr Cocker explained that Hobart must think of following the leading cities like Barcelona and San Francisco, which have already taken actions to restrain the growth of visitors.
To quote him, ‘you’ve had riots in Barcelona, you’ve had great big debates in New York and San Francisco, you’ve got other cities who are looking at imposing a taxation system to protect the fabric of the communities there.’

Australians are accepting the sharing economy with great zeal. However, there are greater concerns over websites like Airbnb are exacerbating the rental affordability crisis.

To quote him, ‘first is registration — a thorough, transparent registration of properties. There needs to be penalties for those who don’t register and are operating. And I think we need to understand the impacts of what’s happening with Airbnb and look at taxation regimes that to some extent discourage the conversion of rentals.’


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