STHR

National Forum – Online Short-term Holiday Rental Platforms

20 March 2018 – Novotel Geelong

A national forum on planning responses to the impact of online short-term holiday rental (STHR) platforms was held on Tuesday 20 March at Geelong, in Victoria.

The forum was held in conjunction with the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, and was attended by representatives of coastal councils, local government associations, and the short-term holiday rental industry.

The forum was facilitated by Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney, who has been commissioned by the Australian Coastal Councils Association to conduct a major research project into the issue.

 

FORUM OPENING

Mayor Barry Sammels, Chair, Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc. and Mayor, City of Rockingham – Click here

 

INTRODUCTORY SESSION

Presented by Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney – Click here

 

COASTAL CASE STUDIES

Presentation of case studies by some of the councils participating in the research project.

Presentations by:

Julia Leu, Mayor, Douglas Shire Council – Click here

Gordon Clark, Strategic Planning Manager, Shoalhaven City Council – Click here

Teresa Mahood, Tourism Co-ordinator, Bass Coast Shire Council – Click here

Michelle Grainger, Manager Planning, Moyne Shire Council – Click here

 

PLANNING RESPONSES TO OSTHR ISSUES

Outline of responses by state governments and individual coastal councils to STHR issues.

Presentations by:

Professor Nicole Gurran – State legal issues – Click here

Paul Lewis, Manager Planning Compliance, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council – TBA

Shannon Burt, Director Sustainable Environment & Economy, Byron Shire Council – Click here

 

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

Representatives of the short-term holiday rental industry sector outline proposals to address OSTHR issues. Presentations by:

Eacham Curry, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs, Stayz – Click here

Sam McDonagh, Airbnb Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand – TBA

Bronwyn McAsey,Vice-President, Victorian Accommodation Industry Association – Click here

 

PANEL DISCUSSION – Representatives of councils and industry stakeholders discuss short-term holiday rental issues. Facilitated by Professor Nicole Gurran. Participants:

Eacham Curry, Director of Corporate and Government Affairs, Stayz

Sam McDonagh, Airbnb Country Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Bronwyn McAsey,Vice-President, Victorian Accommodation Industry Association

Bronwyn McAsey, Vice-President, Victorian Accommodation Industry Association

Julia Leu, Mayor, Douglas Shire Council

Shannon Burt, Director Sustainable Environment and Economy, Byron Shire Council

 

FACILITATED WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

Workshop for council representatives to consider preferred responses to the rapid growth in listings on short-term holiday rental platforms. Led by Prof Nicole Gurran – Click here