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

Charley Greenfield
Wendy Edwards
Gisela Stieglitz
Prashanti Vodanovich
Peter Brown
Sienna Dillon
Yasmin Morris
Julia des Brosses
Zofie Lahodny-Gecso
Sue Brighton
Wayne Smith
Lana Hilton
Michelle Pearce
Co Pont
Cathy Burgess
John Rotherham
Noel Willis
Christine Bennett
Fiona Musgrave
Raymond Mathiesen
John Wilson
Pam Ditton
Mandy Spacek
Lauren Moore
Genevieve Serret
Michelle Matus
David Williams
Heidi Bartz
Judith van Schooten
Mardi Borrack
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Charley Greenfield
    signed 2021-07-13 19:29:13 +1000
  • Wendy Edwards
    signed 2021-07-13 12:46:06 +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
  • Sue 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
  • Lana Hilton
    signed 2021-07-10 08:28:46 +1000
  • Michelle Pearce
    signed 2021-07-10 08:03:21 +1000
  • Co Pont
    signed 2021-07-10 06:22:58 +1000
  • Cathy Burgess
    signed 2021-07-10 06:08:03 +1000
  • John Rotherham
    signed 2021-07-09 21:34:31 +1000
  • Noel Willis
    signed 2021-07-09 20:31:58 +1000
  • Christine Bennett
    signed 2021-07-09 18:52:35 +1000
    No matter where it is, homelessness is devastating, demoralising and dangerous. It is the responsibility of every level of government to ensure that every person has a safe, secure place to call home.
  • Fiona Musgrave
    signed 2021-07-09 18:46:30 +1000
  • Raymond Mathiesen
    signed 2021-07-09 18:38:12 +1000
  • John Wilson
    signed 2021-07-09 16:48:27 +1000
    The Federal and State Governments of Australia, with a united approach must repeat the One Million Home program of Sweden in the 1970s. Nothing less can suffice. Why are Au governments so deaf? Why are the people accepting the negative as fact?
  • Pam Ditton
    signed 2021-07-09 16:17:12 +1000
  • Mandy Spacek
    signed 2021-07-09 15:56:28 +1000
    Lets put all of the Liberals out on the street!
  • Lauren Moore
    signed 2021-07-09 12:52:40 +1000
  • Genevieve Serret
    signed 2021-07-08 08:10:29 +1000
  • Michelle Matus
    signed 2021-07-05 17:47:18 +1000
  • David Williams
    signed 2021-07-05 15:07:56 +1000
  • Heidi Bartz
    signed 2021-07-05 13:30:17 +1000
  • Judith van Schooten
    signed 2021-07-02 09:14:58 +1000
    Air BNB needs to be heavily TAXED, and that money needs to be invested back into the community to create affordable housing solutions, as effectively Air BNB is removing thousands of affordable small housing from our housing market
  • Mardi Borrack
    signed 2021-07-01 15:02:22 +1000