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

Steve Wheatley
Amy Simmonds
Susan Roberts
Stephanie Stafford
Lauren Chalfont
Julia Martin
Susan Wallace
Sharne Warren
Simon Chate
Lyndsay Howarth
Anthony O'Toole
Matt Lopez
Joanne Mitchell
Samantha Welch
Lisa Apostolides
Imogen Dingle
Christine Jones
Charley Greenfield
Wendy Edwards
Alison Crook
Gisela Stieglitz
Prashanti Vodanovich
Peter Brown
Sienna Dillon
Yasmin Morris
Julia des Brosses
Zofie Lahodny-Gecso
Susan Brighton
Wayne Smith
Glen Philpott
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Steve Wheatley
    signed 2021-08-10 02:08:00 +1000
  • Amy Simmonds
    signed 2021-08-03 07:42:52 +1000
    A short term solution to fixing the housing crisis could be to set up a permanent free camping area in the Byron Shire with toilets and free hot showers (on a timer system to avoid waisted electricity). That’s the least we can do to help the people in a housing crisis.
  • Susan Roberts
    signed 2021-07-26 15:25:14 +1000
  • Stephanie Stafford
    signed 2021-07-20 20:53:03 +1000
  • Lauren Chalfont
    signed 2021-07-17 08:32:58 +1000
  • Julia Martin
    signed 2021-07-17 08:05:39 +1000
  • Susan Wallace
    signed 2021-07-16 12:11:57 +1000
  • Sharne Warren
    signed 2021-07-16 11:34:38 +1000
    I’m in the vulnerable category.
  • Simon Chate
    signed 2021-07-16 09:47:48 +1000
  • Lyndsay Howarth
    signed 2021-07-15 10:19:35 +1000
  • Anthony O'Toole
    signed 2021-07-15 07:57:14 +1000
  • Matt Lopez
    signed 2021-07-15 07:18:27 +1000
  • Joanne Mitchell
    signed 2021-07-14 15:33:13 +1000
  • Samantha Welch
    signed via 2021-07-14 14:49:54 +1000
  • Lisa Apostolides
    signed 2021-07-14 14:08:24 +1000
    We need ACTION NOW!!!!!
  • Imogen Dingle
    signed 2021-07-14 13:15:40 +1000
  • Christine Jones
    signed 2021-07-14 07:45:14 +1000
  • Charley Greenfield
    signed 2021-07-13 19:29:13 +1000
  • Wendy Edwards
    signed 2021-07-13 12:46:06 +1000
  • Alison Crook
    signed 2021-07-13 07:39:08 +1000
  • Gisela Stieglitz
    signed 2021-07-13 07:22:36 +1000
  • Prashanti Vodanovich
    signed 2021-07-12 18:57:15 +1000
  • Peter Brown
    signed 2021-07-12 18:44:30 +1000
  • Sienna Dillon
    signed 2021-07-11 20:39:39 +1000
  • Yasmin Morris
    signed 2021-07-11 15:32:45 +1000
  • Julia des Brosses
    signed via 2021-07-10 20:25:17 +1000
  • Zofie Lahodny-Gecso
    signed 2021-07-10 18:08:13 +1000
  • Susan Brighton
    signed 2021-07-10 17:06:29 +1000
  • Wayne Smith
    signed 2021-07-10 15:21:05 +1000
    State governments needs to provide hundreds of State rental properties in the Ballina electorate
  • Glen Philpott
    signed 2021-07-10 13:32:09 +1000