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Calls to stem the tide of short-term holiday letting in Byron Shire have finally been heard with Anthony Roberts, the minister for planning, announcing a ministerial direction allowing Byron Council to have some degree of determination over how holiday letting is implemented locally. We cautiously welcome the announcement,’ said acting Mayor Michael Lyon. ‘Zero days of short-term-holiday-letting is not on the table for current precincts. We were listened to in relation to new housing developments. Where new developments go ahead there may be the opportunity to exclude holiday letting.’ Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to reverse its ‘one-size-fits-all holiday letting legislation’. ‘This is great news for residents of Byron Shire and for Byron Bay who have been so dramatically affected by the large numbers of whole houses available for short term letting for long periods of the year, forcing long term renters out of Byron,’ said Ms Smith.