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Survey of impacts of Airbnb and similar online rental platforms

The Australian Coastal Councils Association is conducting a survey of member councils on the impact of short-term online rental services, such as Airbnb and similar platforms, on coastal communities.

Association Chair, Barry Sammels, said the survey had been developed in response to concerns over the rapid growth in properties listed on Airbnb and similar platforms. “A number of councils have expressed concern about how they should respond in planning terms to the continuing increase in listings on these platforms,” he said.

“There have also been complaints in some areas from traditional holiday rental operators, such as hotels and bed and breakfast premises, that the properties listed through the online platforms are not subject to the same level of regulation and inspections as traditional holiday accommodation venues.”

The questionnaire has been developed in association with Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. Professor Gurran is co-author of a study into the effectiveness of local planning controls in relation to properties listed on online platforms such as Airbnb.

The questionnaire is designed to survey member councils about experiences with Airbnb and similar services in their local area and to identify responses that have already been initiated. The survey results will form the basis for a presentation and workshop session on the issue at the forthcoming 2017 Australian Coastal Councils Conference to be held at Redcliffe, Queensland, in May.

Participating councils will receive a copy of the survey findings.

The survey can be completed here.

2016 AUSTRALIAN COASTAL AWARDS – Nominations Now Open

The 2016 Australian Coastal Awards are to be announced at the 2016 Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Rockingham, Western Australia, on Thursday 5 May, 2016.  Continue reading 2016 AUSTRALIAN COASTAL AWARDS – Nominations Now Open

National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

28 September 2015: Australia’s coastal councils have called on the Turnbull Government to lead a national collaborative effort to reduce the risk of shark attacks.

Barry Sammels, the Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said there is an urgent need to identify effective strategies to reduce death and injury from shark attack and to restore tourism activity in Australia’s coastal areas to normal levels. Continue reading National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is planning a new Australian Population Survey with the capacity for continuous updates on regional population statistics. Data collected in the survey will be used to supplement data collected in the Census.

The survey will provide a mechanism for more effectively using Census and administrative data to provide ongoing and dynamic information on regions across Australia – including where people live at different times of the year and their characteristics.  Continue reading Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

A study conducted by researchers at University College London has found that population growth in coastal areas can lead to major increases in exposure to extreme weather events.

Professor Georgina Mace, who led the study, said governments around the world had failed to grasp the risk that rapidly growing populations in coastal cities face the prospect of rising sea levels and more frequent and severe extreme weather events related to climate change. Continue reading Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

An alliance of major business, union, environment, investor and social organisations has been formed with the objective of  ‘putting the climate policy debate on common ground and offering a way forward’.

The alliance, called the Australian Climate Roundtable, includes

  • The Australian Aluminium Council,
  • The Australian Conservation Foundation,
  • The Australian Council of Social Service,
  • The ACTU,
  • The Australian Industry Group,
  • The Business Council of Australia,
  • The Energy Supply Association of Australia,
  • The Investor Group on Climate Change,
  • The Climate Institute and
  • WWF Australia.

Continue reading Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

Coastal areas continue to experience strong growth

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 31 March show that in the year ended June 2014 the settlements with the highest growth rates outside the capital cities were along the coast, in particular in Queensland and Western Australia. Continue reading Coastal areas continue to experience strong growth

Conference Delegates Call on Government to Retain Census

Delegates at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Cape Schanck adopted a Communiqué calling on the Australian Government “to retain the National Census in its existing form to ensure Australia’s councils have access to detailed demographic data which is essential for the future planning and resourcing of their communities.” The Communiqué was issued in response to a proposal to scrap the Census in its existing form and replace it with a smaller sample survey. Continue reading Conference Delegates Call on Government to Retain Census

New Report Warns Climate Change Will Hit Hard in Australia

The most comprehensive analysis of Australia’s future climate produced in the past decade warns that the nation could be headed for a rise in average temperature of 1.3°C by 2030 and between 2.8°C and 5.1°C by the year 2090.

The Natural Resource Management report, prepared by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, notes that most of the climate changes observed in recent years are set to continue. The projections supersede those released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology in a 2007 report. Continue reading New Report Warns Climate Change Will Hit Hard in Australia

Queensland Deputy Premier Orders Removal of Climate Change-derived Sea Level Rises from Council’s Regional Plan

Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has intervened to force the removal of all references to climate change-derived sea level rises from the regional plan of Moreton Bay Regional Council, a decision experts say could have wide ramifications.

Continue reading Queensland Deputy Premier Orders Removal of Climate Change-derived Sea Level Rises from Council’s Regional Plan