Noosa Shire Council is considering a ban on Sunshine Coast holiday homes in a bid to limit tourism numbers.
Under the draft planning scheme titled the New Noosa Plan holiday homes would be banned in Noosa Waters, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach and the centre of Noosa.
The Noosa Shire Council told Fairfax the plan was devised in response to numerous complaints about rubbish, noise and parking holiday around holiday homes and the sharp rise in the short-term rental market.
Holiday homes in other suburbs will need to comply with stricter council codes on car parking. Houses must have two on-site car parks. Apartments over 90sqm would need to have access for two cars.
In the banned suburbs, only holiday homes that have been operating since 2006 will be allowed to continue to lease the property to tourists.
The plan has come up against some backlash, including from former Noosa Deputy Mayor Russell Green.
“With short-term accommodation, they’re spending on average $180 to $190 a day. Permanent rentals, on the other hand, spend about $50 a day. A lot of people don’t understand how significantly it will impact their investment,” Mr Green told Domain.
The community consultation phase on the New Noosa Plan closed this week.
Travel allows you to get outside your bubble. It makes you realise there are other ways to do things, and that’s OK. Plus, I am a huge fan of skiing and for the best powder – you need to head overseas.