New temporary accommodation laws for the North Burnett

USING caravans and other temporary accommodation to house seasonal workers without a permit is now in the hands of local lawmakers.

NBRC CEO Mark Pitt said a council amendment to the local law was put forward in part due to a number of complaints council had received about the use of caravans on private property.

"One of the things about subsidising your income housing backpackers in a dwelling or a caravan is that you may trip over things that don't just include council building requirements for example," Mr Pitt said.

"Things like fire codes, fire restrictions and other safety policies and conditions are in place and they need to be addressed when hosting or renting to anybody," he said.

"So those who board for backpackers or seasonal workers need to be aware of the laws, so they don't break them."

Gayndah man Isaac Smith feels council is over-stepping its bounds by telling people what they can and can't do in their own yards.

"It feels unnecessary to me, I don't see any need for it to be honest," Mr Smith said.

"The money I make from renting out rooms and my caravan covers my mortgage so this will have a huge impact," Mr Smith said.

Included are application fees of $208 with a further $281 on the first extension and finally $344 for subsequent extensions.

"It will cost me $500 to have someone stay in my caravan for up to six months if I rent it out, doesn't seem right to me," Mr Smith said.

"For my own caravan in my own yard."

Topics:  council, fees, nbrc, temporary accomodation

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