Wannanup residents urge City of Mandurah to tighten short term accommodation regulations

Wannanup residents have joined together to push for tighter regulations around short term accommodation in the City of Mandurah. 

After weekends of noisy parties Voyager Close residents are putting their foot down and are demanding more respect. 

The issue has sparked keen interest from Coastal Ward councillor Tahlia Jones who held a community meeting in Wannanup to hear from affected locals. 

Ms Jones said the event was well attended, with 40 residents meeting to air their grievances.  

“I met with a group of residents in Wannanup to discuss their concerns regarding noise, anti social behaviour, parking, and the general impact on the amenity by short term rental accommodation and I understand that a petition is being presented at the next council meeting,” Ms Jones said. 

“This was the second community meeting I conducted regarding this issue in the past week.” 

In June 2015, the Mandurah city council considered a report and resolved to adopt a ‘responsive action’ approach in dealing with complaints that relate specifically to properties that are being operated as  short term rental accommodation. 

That includes homes advertised on websites such as Airbnb, Stayz or similar. 

During discussions about the issue in 2015, council stated it recognised short term rental accommodation as playing a part in supporting the tourist industry in Mandurah. 

In their Holiday Home Complaint Handling Procedure, the local government stated that it encouraged well managed accommodation for short-term visitors that would enhance the tourism experience, while minimising potential impacts on adjoining residents.

Voyager Close resident Robin Bowman said it was about time something was done about the issue, after several parties had disrupted her street.

The next council meeting is on April 24.