Housing Affordability Crisis



There is hardly any affordable or secure housing available for people in our area to rent or buy. Many people have had to move out of the area, away from their friends, support networks, jobs, schools and community. Uprooting people is a symptom of a crisis not a cure for one.

We have seen unprecedented housing stress in the Northern rivers, brought about by: the rapid growth of an unregulated short-term holiday letting industry, increases of up to 30% in property values, almost no supply of rental properties for residents and urban buyers flocking to the area during Covid-19.

At any one time there are 2000-3000 houses in the Ballina electorate that have been booked through short-term holiday letting agencies. That’s an average of 6000 adults and 6000-10,000 children who reside in our community who could live in those homes if those properties were available as permanent rentals.

We must support people’s right to access secure, safe and affordable housing. Housing insecurity affects everybody in our community; the homeless, people in public and community housing, private renters, first home buyers, single parents, women, children and everyday working people.

To the NSW Premier and the State Government,

The housing crisis in the Northern Rivers is in desperate need of targeted solutions. To ensure people in our community have access to safe and secure housing options. We are asking you to:

  • Support Byron Shire Council to Regulate short-term holiday letting in Byron 
  • End no-grounds evictions in NSW, and
  • Amend the affordable housing SEPP to provide 30 year leases

Please sign the petition calling on the NSW State Government to take meaningful action to end the housing crisis in our region.

Who's signing

Greg Hughes
Di Cambell
James Gatland
Helene Gatland
Megan Jennaway
Jake Taylor
Sue Stewart
Bek Hermann
Geoff Meers
Karen Jeffery
Lee Wilson
Sally Cusack
John O'Neill
Randolf Reimann
Mark Flynn
Ale Bert
Kass Warner
Colleen Butler
Paul Tribe
Christine Mcrae
Jayden Everingham
William Parker
Jesika Dawnn
Julian Snelius
Ari Hunt
Maddison Presgrave
Adouard Cadou
Francoise Sauvere
Brandon Saul
Lorella Ricci

Will you sign?

Showing 462 reactions

  • Greg Hughes
    signed 2021-04-19 12:17:42 +1000
    This is a National crisis, but is being felt acutely in this community. This has been a long time coming, and you only have to see what has happened in Silicon Valley California for the signs of what’s to come.
  • Di Cambell
    signed via 2021-04-19 09:47:12 +1000
  • James Gatland
    signed 2021-04-19 08:38:58 +1000
  • Helene Gatland
    signed 2021-04-19 08:38:38 +1000
  • Megan Jennaway
    signed 2021-04-19 08:23:56 +1000
  • Jake Taylor
    signed 2021-04-18 20:29:51 +1000
  • Sue Stewart
    signed via 2021-04-18 19:57:45 +1000
  • Bek Hermann
    signed 2021-04-18 18:20:53 +1000
  • Geoff Meers
    signed via 2021-04-18 14:54:35 +1000
  • Karen Jeffery
    signed 2021-04-18 13:32:02 +1000
  • Lee Wilson
    signed 2021-04-18 08:11:11 +1000
    Myself, my 14year old daughter and our pets, are currently homeless, due to our Landlord wanting to sell the property.

    The housing shortage and prices in this area are ridiculous.

    I doubt that I am going to beable to secure a rental property at these rates.
  • Sally Cusack
    signed 2021-04-18 08:09:21 +1000
  • John O'Neill
    signed 2021-04-18 08:02:24 +1000
  • Randolf Reimann
    signed 2021-04-17 20:36:48 +1000
  • Mark Flynn
    signed 2021-04-17 17:38:01 +1000
  • Ale Bert
    signed 2021-04-17 14:25:08 +1000
  • Kass Warner
    signed 2021-04-17 12:24:47 +1000
  • Colleen Butler
    signed 2021-04-17 12:01:55 +1000
  • Paul Tribe
    signed 2021-04-17 11:01:03 +1000
  • Christine Mcrae
    signed 2021-04-17 10:08:27 +1000
  • Jayden Everingham
    signed 2021-04-17 10:08:07 +1000
  • William Parker
    signed 2021-04-17 08:38:05 +1000
  • Jesika Dawnn
    signed 2021-04-17 07:48:27 +1000
  • Julian Snelius
    signed 2021-04-17 07:29:46 +1000
  • Ari Hunt
    signed 2021-04-16 23:34:01 +1000
  • Maddison Presgrave
    signed 2021-04-16 22:26:09 +1000
  • Adouard Cadou
    signed 2021-04-16 20:20:20 +1000
  • Francoise Sauvere
    signed 2021-04-16 16:58:06 +1000
  • Brandon Saul
    signed 2021-04-16 16:44:02 +1000
  • Lorella Ricci
    signed 2021-04-16 16:38:44 +1000
    When we are privileged to own a place, it’s hard to really understand what it would be like to have to leave your community, your support, everything you know … and be exiled. We need to attend to this crisis and take care of our community,