The Beagle Editor, Here is my email sent on Friday 17th January 2020 to all councillors, the general manager, senior executive directors, local MPs and opposition:
Subject: Emergency accommodation on private land
Current State legislation regarding temporary housing on privately owned land does not permit landowners to pitch a tent or place a caravan on their land and occupy it for any more than 60 days per year (or 2 days at a time). Council can (and probably will) use its powers to prosecute those who dare to break these rules. I am informed that Council has the power to ‘waive’ this legislation if they so wish?
Please do all you can to put pressure on our local member and/or responsible minister to immediately amend this legislation to allow landowners to set up temporary accommodation ie caravan, tent etc. on their own land for a reasonable period until such time as they can rebuild.
Instead of asking residents to donate to your fundraiser (for residents), perhaps you could do something more practical to assist us eg. waiving tip fees would be a start.
I trust that you will be convening an urgent extraordinary general meeting shortly?