WA’s new Planning Minister is poised to deliver long-awaited actions from a three-year review into how online short stay platforms like Airbnb are disrupting local economies. Local governments and industry watchers were keenly awaiting John Carey’s announcement after the minutes from a May 31 WA Planning Commission meeting examining the issue were redacted. The confidential notice was the clearest indicator yet the State Government would finally deliver on a suite of reforms that has divided stakeholders and kept the industry in limbo since 2021. Key among those actions is the possible cap on short-stay applications for operators hosting guests for fewer than 90 days per year, which threatens the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s local planning controls. Mr Carey was also expected to announce firm details on a Statewide registry for operators listing stays online, which was one of the leading recommendations from the Levelling the Playing Field report produced after a three-year parliamentary inquiry into the sector which concluded two years ago. However, a spokesperson for the Minister – who took over from elevated Deputy Premier and now-Treasurer Rita Saffioti during Premier Roger Cook’s Cabinet reshuffle — was scant on forthcoming details. “Work continues to progress by Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety towards the establishment of a Statewide registration scheme and Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is finalising the Planning for Tourism Position Statement and associated guidelines based on the community consultation and stakeholder feedback,” they said. WA Planning Commission declined to provide the confidential minutes from the May 31 meeting or any timeline for the Minister’s pending announcement. Shire of Augusta-Margaret River planning and regulatory services manager Matt Cuthbert said the local government was awaiting the Minister’s consideration of the position statement. “The ‘one size fits all’ approach being considered by the State Government will be detrimental to housing affordability and residential amenity in the shire of Augusta-Margaret River,” he said. “The shire holds a firm view that local governments must be allowed to design and deliver management frameworks for holiday homes which are locally appropriate and in alignment with community expectations.” City of Busselton acting planning and development services director Rachel Runco only said the imminent release of the signed-off guidelines was awaited.