Towns struggle to find accommodation for workers while holiday homes sit vacant

Reeves said even if the letters prompted just 30 people to rent their houses long-term, it would be worthwhile.

He said the council had no power to compel property owners, but he hoped the letters, to go out in the coming weeks, would appeal to their sense of community obligation.

The problem is particularly severe on the Bass Coast, which includes Phillip Island, with more than 10,000 properties vacant on census night, accounting for just over 39 per cent of the total.

Bass Coast Shire chief executive Ali Wastie said there was plenty of housing in the municipality, but many people either…

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