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

Phillip McNamara
shannon batistic
Paul Gannon
Karina Perris
Paola Bignu
Liz Hollman
Holly McQueen
Caitlin Weatherstone
Andreas Pinter
Sama Balson
Annina Helenelund
Judith van Schooten
Christine McNeil
Claire McLisky
Amy Hewton
Ann Reed
Antonia Canosa
Joel Turner
Natalie Wells
Esther Zellweger
Lindsay Bell
Rosina Mihajlovic
Estelle Schmitt
Will Clifton
Dianne Pymble-Ward
Renee Engl
Rana Munns
Faith Kairembora
Peter Warburton
Rosie White

Will you sign?

Showing 571 reactions

  • Phillip McNamara
    signed 2021-05-10 11:07:31 +1000
  • shannon batistic
    signed 2021-05-09 19:44:32 +1000
  • Paul Gannon
    signed 2021-05-09 10:50:23 +1000
  • Karina Perris
    signed 2021-05-06 12:33:18 +1000
  • Paola Bignu
    signed 2021-05-05 18:49:29 +1000
  • Liz Hollman
    signed 2021-05-05 16:39:26 +1000
  • Holly McQueen
    signed 2021-05-05 06:02:32 +1000
  • Caitlin Weatherstone
    signed 2021-05-04 22:40:22 +1000
  • Andreas Pinter
    signed 2021-05-04 07:37:27 +1000
    There is on houses to rent if I have to move I have bin living here for 28years working
  • Sama Balson
    signed 2021-05-03 20:06:57 +1000
  • Annina Helenelund
    signed 2021-05-03 14:32:51 +1000
  • Judith van Schooten
    signed 2021-05-03 13:59:24 +1000
    I feel Air BNB has taken all our small accommodation options away from us.
  • Christine McNeil
    signed 2021-05-03 12:58:31 +1000
  • Claire McLisky
    signed 2021-05-03 12:36:42 +1000
  • Amy Hewton
    signed 2021-05-03 12:29:40 +1000
    The use and abuse culture of short-term stays has developed a divide, where I see locals and environment alike being disrespected and ignored by holidaymakers. This area is a high tourism site because of the community and love and ethics we embody, but we can not hold onto this sanctuary if it is all and only high-priced in and out superficial greed turning the cogs as this is not sustainable for anyone.

    The end of gentrification of this area starts now.
  • Ann Reed
    signed 2021-05-03 11:53:48 +1000
    Rental crisis is here NOW
  • Antonia Canosa
    signed 2021-05-03 11:09:08 +1000
  • Joel Turner
    signed 2021-05-02 20:08:07 +1000
    Holiday rentals are sucking the community out of Byron shire
  • Natalie Wells
    signed 2021-05-02 17:20:44 +1000
  • Esther Zellweger
    signed 2021-05-02 12:08:17 +1000
    AirB&B all around my house. Parties all around my house. Community NO WHERE ANY MORE around my house. I feel rich city people make their money on my back. I am craving a normal neighbourhood and mutual respect instead of doof parties.
  • Lindsay Bell
    signed 2021-05-02 10:29:27 +1000
  • Rosina Mihajlovic
    signed 2021-05-02 07:45:21 +1000
    This situation is so sad and divisive in our local community. People who have lived here for all or most of their adult life should not have to leave the area to make way fir holiday makers. We all need the security of a roof over our heads – and at an affordable cost.
  • Estelle Schmitt
    signed 2021-05-01 20:06:41 +1000
  • Will Clifton
    signed 2021-05-01 19:54:49 +1000
  • Dianne Pymble-Ward
    signed 2021-05-01 16:48:39 +1000
    Homelessness is something we shouldn’t accept. Local people are often locked out of the rental and housing market here. This needs to change.
  • Renee Engl
    signed 2021-05-01 16:36:24 +1000
  • Rana Munns
    signed 2021-05-01 16:25:15 +1000
  • Faith Kairembora
    signed 2021-05-01 15:35:46 +1000
  • Peter Warburton
    signed 2021-05-01 11:28:42 +1000
  • Rosie White
    signed 2021-05-01 11:26:15 +1000