Coffs Tourism event at Aanuka Beach Resort, to discuss accommodation trends, (L- R) accommodation owners Sue and Fritz Dimmlich (CasaBelle), Joe Van Benthem (Blue Mountains Resort), Kelvin Harris (Saftey Beach Bungalows), Harry Barry (North Coast Hotel group). Picture: Trevor Veale
by Jasmine Minhas
A misinformed social media post was the catalyst for discussion this week, showing we’re reaching a critical point in the battle for and against short-term holiday letting platforms like Airbnb.
Panic was incited by a Facebook post this week warning residents that Coffs Harbour City Council was shutting down Airbnb rentals and a meeting was being held to discuss the plan.
At the meeting, however, the council’s section leader Industry and Destination Development, Stephen Saunders, was quick to end the rumour.
“There has been a lot of activity on social media and the comments are incorrect. Someone has put two and two together and has got 66. Council does not have any active motions happening around the issue,” he said.
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