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

December 2018 - January 2019

In the fallout from the state poll we hope that Labor politicians remember that they have been elected to represent people.

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November 2018

We Live Here calls on all parties to disclose in full all donations from property developers and multinationals including Airbnb.

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October 2018

Apartment buildings across Melbourne are finding that it can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions to remove combustible cladding.

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September 2018

In stunning scenes in Parliament this month, the Victorian Government passed the weakest legislation for short-term letting ever seen in Australia to the delight of Airbnb.                                                                                               

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August 2018

One brave apartment owner has taken on the developer and the management company appointed to administer the common property for the owners' corporation (OC) and won back residents' rights that had been eroded in her apartment building.

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July 2018

Corruption, secret deals, intimidation, blackmail - no, we are not talking about a new TV series -  we are talking about owners' corporations across Melbourne.                                                                                                                            

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June 2018

In our April column we reported on two apartment buildings where owners were suffering after proxy farmers stitched up lucrative contracts.                                                                                                                           

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May 2018

A bye-election for the vacant position of lord mayor will be held in May. It will be conducted entirely by postal voting, with ballot packs mailed to voters between Monday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 26th.                                                                                                                           

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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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About We Live Here


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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