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A lookback at what’s been happening

A lookback at what’s been happening

By We Live Here Whilst we wait for the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into short-stays, it is perhaps timely to review what has been happening around the country and overseas. In May we reported that the NSW Government had swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced

Southbank residents dealt a joker 

A proposal by casino operator Crown to build Australia’s tallest building, Queensbridge Towers is set to bypass all normal planning processes and Southbank residents and owners are outraged. The government has declared this a “project of state significance”, allowing it to push through an approval (C310) without the usual scrutiny. The new complex will result

Short-term letting must be regulated

The NSW government has swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced a new consultative process to decide how short-stays will be regulated. The discarded report had recommended a massive increase in short-term holiday rentals in apartment buildings. But the NSW Minister for Planning and Regulation and the Minister for Innovation and Better

Airbnb: facts and smokescreens

Founded in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb has been promoted as an online booking platform that supports young creatives and people on low incomes, hoping to make extra money out of spare rooms. Initial acceptance in various cities depended on local laws and legislation, but by late 2016 Airbnb had more than three million listings

A big year for We Live Here

We Live Here recently celebrated its first birthday and what a year it has been! As readers of this column will know, the We Live Here movement arose from the long-running but ultimately unsuccessful case against short-stays involving Watergate Apartments in Docklands. Since its genesis at a very well attended launch in December 2015, We

Big win for residents in parliamentary vote

The Owners Corporation Amendment (Short Stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 has been referred back to the Environment and Planning Committee for inquiry.  The parliamentary vote has stopped the Victorian Government from introducing a Bill that would only benefit commercial short-stay operators. This is a huge win for the We Live Here movement which has been working tirelessly

We Live Here policy on short-stays

The We Live Here movement has developed a draft policy on short-stays that will be presented to all forms of government. We want to help legislators by providing solutions. Our policy document addresses, in the context of the “sharing economy”, the ongoing issues of unregulated short-stay, hotel-style accommodation in residential apartment buildings that have not

Council supports residents on short-stays

Melbourne City Council has voted unanimously to support residents in the fight to regulate the short-stay industry. A motion to pressure the state government to support residents was put by Cr Cathy Oke at the June 7 meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee and was supported by all councillors present. The vote was taken after

Watch out for our petition

In a few weeks the We Live Here movement will be launching a campaign in the form of a petition via change.org to gather support for the regulation of short-term letting in residential buildings. We are hoping for a massive response and encourage you all to get involved. Short-term letting in residential buildings is not

Giving people a voice

The support and feed-back for the We Live Here Movement has been overwhelming since our December launch. Thank you to everyone that continues to visit our website to keep up to date or register as a supporter. We are growing in number as people become aware of the movement and we are proud to say

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