4 September 2019


Research Project Information Summary

Short-Term Holiday Letting (e.g. AirBnB) in Your CommunityBane or blessingHave your say!

Researchers from Southern Cross University (SCU) want to give Nambucca Shire Council residents a voice when it comes to the future of Short-Term Holiday Letting (STHL) in the area.

STHL including Airbnb, its largest, fastest-growing platform has become increasingly significant within the tourism industry.  This sector often raises polarised opinions within the community.

For some, short-term holiday letting provides employment opportunities through providing accommodation or the jobs created by increased visitation to the area. Others may have been impacted negatively through increased rental prices, reduced availability of rental accommodation or issues related to having a STHL property in their vicinity.

A team of researchers from SCU are investigating residents’ views of STHL, including Airbnb, across the North Coast. The research project will help ensure that local residents have a say when it comes to decision-making at local and state levels of government. The survey released on the 4th of September 2019 (closing 31 October 2019) allows residents to contribute their views on STHL in the Nambucca Shire. The knowledge gathered through the survey will contribute to informed civic decision-making for local strategies, planning, policies and regulations.

You can take part in the survey here - https://scuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QQy1jEFHoyHJxr

SCU-Nambucca Shire STHL survey

For further information please contact Michael Thurston, General Manager at Destination North Coast, gm@dncnsw.com or 0409 982913

Research team:

Dr Tania von der Heidt (Project Lead and Senior Lecturer, based at Lismore campus)  tania.vonderheidt@scu.edu.au

Dr Sabine Muschter (Researcher, based at Lismore campus)  sabine.muschter@scu.edu.au

Dr Rodney Caldicott (Scholar in Residence, Khon Kaen University, Thailand)  rodney@kku.ac.th or rod.caldicott@scu.edu.au

Dr Deborah Che (Lecturer, based at Gold Coast campus)  deborah.che@scu.edu.au