Airbnb - you might love it, you might hate it ... but one thing is certain, points of view are polarised about this recent arrival in our tourism sector.
With hundreds of places now registered in the Kempsey Shire, do you have a story to tell about Airbnb?
You may be an Airbnb host or you may be the neighbour of an Airbnb short-term holiday let. You may be a retailer capitalising on new customers in the area as they holiday with Airbnb ... or you may be a renter who has been evicted from a long-term rental property in peak season to allow Airbnb visitors in.
A simple search on Airbnb reveals there is more than 90 places to stay in South West Rocks and more than 40 available at Crescent Head.
Researchers from Southern Cross University are keen to hear your story and want to give Kempsey Shire residents a voice when it comes to the future of Short-Term Holiday Letting (STHL) here.
A survey released on September 4 offers residents a chance to contribute their views on possible options for STHL in the Kempsey Shire and capture perceptions on positive and negative impacts of Airbnb in their neighbourhood.
The current research project follows a 2018 study, which garnered the views of over 800 Byron Shire residents asked about the impacts of STHLs on their community, specifically through Airbnb.
The results can be seen here .
An opportunity now presents for completing the dataset puzzle covering all 12 LGAs of the North Coast Region and results will be shared with the both the council and the community.
The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous ... and you have until October 15.
Link to the survey:SCU-Nambucca Shire STHL survey
For more information about the research project see SCU Research Project Summary