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A We Live Here column is published monthly in the CBD News, Docklands News and Southbank News.

April 2018

We Live Here has had a request from the ABC for information about embedded electricity networks.                                                                                                                              

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March 2018

New data on Airbnb listings for Melbourne has shown that between 2016 and 2018 there has been a 132 percent increase in listings for metropolitan Melbourne and a whopping 186 percent increase in listings within the City of Melbourne.                                                                                                                              

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February 2018

The Privy Council in London has unanimously ruled that strata corporations may enforce by-laws to restrict short-term letting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Dear Mr Andrews,  On Friday December 8 your government is required to table a response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-stay Accommodation Bill) 2016. 

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November 2017

The Victorian Government must address the state's unregulated short-stay industry, if it's serious about fixing Melbourne's housing affordability crisis. 

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October 2017

Whilst we wait for the Victorian Government's response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into short-stays, it is perhaps timely to review what has been happening around the country and overseas. 

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September 2017

We Live Here has been working with media professionals to reach out to Victorians affected by the short-stay industry and we have been overwhelmed with support. 

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August 2017

The Victorian Government Cladding Taskforce examining flammable cladding does not include a key stakeholder group - the strata owners that would end up having to manage any remediation work. 

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July 2017

The Victorian Parliament's Planning and Environment Committee has recommended significant changes to a Bill before Parliament aimed at regulating short-stay accommodation.

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June 2017

A proposal by casino operator Crown to build Australia's tallest building, Queensbridge Towers is set to bypass all normal planning processes and Southbank residents and owners are outraged.

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May 2017

The NSW government has swept aside the recommendations of a parliamentary report and announced a new consultative process to decide how short-stays will be regulated.

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April 2017

Founded in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb has been promoted as an online booking platform that supports young creatives and people on low incomes, hoping to make extra money out of spare rooms.

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March 2017

The long anticipated Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Owners Corporation Amendment (Short-Stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 will start in March.

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February 2017

We Live Here recently celebrated its first birthday and what a year it has been!

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December 2016 / January 2017

The Owners Corporation Amendment (Short Stay Accommodation) Bill 2016 has been referred back to the Environment and Planning Committee for inquiry.
The parliamentary vote has stopped the Victorian Government from introducing a Bill that would only benefit commercial short-stay operators.

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November 2016

At last the government has decided to act. Families throughout the greater Melbourne area
(including Docklands, the CBD and Southbank) have been waiting for years to have desperately
needed schools in the inner city.

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October 2016

Melbourne is once again seeing a major change in how many residents are choosing to live, with tens of thousands moving into high-rise apartments and deciding to make the CBD, Docklands and Southbank their home.

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September 2016

Apartment residents, the hotel industry and developers of high-rise apartment buildings are under threat unless the State Government acts.

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August 2016

The We Live Here movement has developed a draft policy on short-stays that will be presented to all forms of government. We want to help legislators by providing solutions.

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July 2016

Melbourne City Council has voted unanimously to support residents in the fight to regulate the short-stay industry.

A motion to pressure the state government to support residents was put by Cr Cathy Oke at the June 7 meeting of the Future Melbourne Committee and was supported by all councillors present. The vote was taken after considerable discussion and presentations by Paul Salter representing the short-stay industry and by Marshall Delves from the We Live Here Movement.

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We Live Here is a recently launched advocacy and lobby movement focussing on generating legislative change to protect owners and long-term residents living in high-density areas. The movement aims to give a voice to and protect the rights of these owners and long term residents, and to tackle issues that are not being adequately addressed.

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