Anyone hoping to visit Noosa, Queensland will have to follow a strict set of new rules, fearing the changes could impact local tourism.
A popular Queensland holiday destination is introducing tough new rules for travelers booking short-term accommodation in the area in a bid to crack down on noisy holidaymakers.
From February 1, a ban on ‘unacceptable behaviour’ in holiday rentals in Noosa will come into effect.
This means that guests will not be able to clap, sing and clap “excessively loudly” during their stay.
The legislation, which will be enforced by Noosa Shire Council, also prohibits loud aggressive behaviour, shouting, yelling and arguing or creating “a noise level above acceptable levels”.
This law applies to all short stay premises in Noosa, including outdoor areas such as terraces, balconies, swimming pools and spas.
The new laws also require a property manager to live within 20km of the short-term accommodation and be available 24/7 to receive and deal with any noise-related complaints.
The laws were introduced in response to protect residents from excessive noise and disturbance as Noosa continues to grow as a popular vacation destination for interstate travelers.
However, there are fears that the new rules will be exploited and negatively impact the tourism industry.
“It feels like you can’t sit around a pool and enjoy your kids in the pool,” said Sue Willis of Niche Luxury Accommodation. Nine News.
“I think there are people who would rather not have a holiday home next to them and now they have an open door for that complaint.”
But Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart upheld the decision, pushing back against concerns raised by industry insiders.
Mrs. Stewart said News from Noosa that suggestions the laws would crack down on simple things like “happy birthday” songs were “ridiculous.”
“This law is intended to ensure that if there is excessive noise night after night, which may occur more regularly on vacation (properties), action can be taken,” she said.
“Being a good neighbor means making sure we don’t have loud parties before midnight, 1 a.m. These are some of the complaints the council has received.
However, the chairman of the Noosa Short Term Accommodation Association, Dave Langdon, also pointed out that tourists were not the only ones to blame for making excessive noise.
“It’s easy to blame people who don’t live here and come and stay, but most do the right thing,” Langdon told the publication.
“A lot of people are having issues with permanents (residents) but it’s only vacation rentals that are being highlighted as an issue.”
He said while the laws would catch some troublemakers, the association was “nervous” about the stream of effects the legislation could have on tourism and small businesses.
The legislation was introduced following two rounds of community consultations that saw hundreds of written submissions from residents, short-term homeowners and industry leaders.
The laws will be introduced as a 12-month trial and will be reviewed next year.
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