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“Airbnb’s gutting our community,” he says. “From our point of view, it’s an illegal activity in a residential zone.” For years, the council has tried and failed to quarantine certain suburbs from Airbnb. “Suffolk Park used to be the single mums’ capital of Australia,” say Richardson, “but now it’s been gutted because [on some weeks] every second house is empty, which means no-one’s volunteering at the surf club, no-one’s got their kids at school … you’re eroding the community.”
Sydney Morning Herald