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

Marin Simpson
Renee Scott
Jan Daly
Megan Ward
Rosie Lee
Mauzie Breslin
Patricia Warren
James Rogers
Julia Hall
Thomas Arthur
Jennifer Hagley
Lisa Hambling
Snezana Trivic
Wesley Russell
Tan Williams
Reschelle Jordan
Damien Lucas
Sonja Hans
Tracey Harrison
Rosslyn Hughes
Amanda Wheadon
Michelle Gleeson
Sue Franklin
Jamie Kennedy
Candace Fio
Beth Powditch
Ann Reed
Ellie Powditch
Dominique Matus
Katharine Coxall
10,000 signatures

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Showing 867 reactions

  • Marin Simpson
    signed 2021-05-24 18:17:49 +1000
  • Renee Scott
    signed 2021-05-24 06:26:01 +1000
  • Jan Daly
    signed 2021-05-23 20:03:51 +1000
  • Megan Ward
    signed 2021-05-23 17:57:11 +1000
  • Rosie Lee
    signed 2021-05-23 08:20:15 +1000
  • Mauzie Breslin
    signed 2021-05-23 07:59:26 +1000
  • Patricia Warren
    signed 2021-05-22 19:54:48 +1000
  • James Rogers
    signed 2021-05-22 17:51:25 +1000
    Airbnb is destroying communities and preventing working people from being able to rent or buy affordable homes
  • Julia Hall
    signed 2021-05-22 17:39:36 +1000
  • Thomas Arthur
    signed 2021-05-22 14:30:49 +1000
  • Jennifer Hagley
    signed 2021-05-22 11:41:48 +1000
  • Lisa Hambling
    signed 2021-05-22 11:36:45 +1000
  • Snezana Trivic
    signed 2021-05-22 10:05:23 +1000
  • Wesley Russell
    signed 2021-05-22 10:01:43 +1000
  • Tan Williams
    signed 2021-05-22 09:49:07 +1000
  • Reschelle Jordan
    signed 2021-05-22 09:27:21 +1000
  • Damien Lucas
    signed 2021-05-22 09:18:23 +1000
  • Sonja Hans
    signed 2021-05-22 08:02:55 +1000
    Very hard for workers needed in all of our local businesses to find an affordable and long term rental. Limiting holiday lets has already been done in some overseas tourist destinations. It could work here too.
  • Tracey Harrison
    signed 2021-05-22 07:42:03 +1000
  • Rosslyn Hughes
    signed 2021-05-22 07:16:03 +1000
    It seems to me that it’s unfair or totally unjust , that the local people who have worked and lived in Byron , now have to travel up to an hour or more to get to work to serve the selfish who have no re respect or regard for the community of Byron .
  • Amanda Wheadon
    signed 2021-05-22 06:57:11 +1000
    There are no rentals. If I, for some reason, lost my current home I would have to move from the area or be homeless. I am a single 64 year old who is fortunate enough to hold a lease and have a landlord who is agreeable to me subletting a room so I can afford the rent.
  • Michelle Gleeson
    signed 2021-05-21 22:18:44 +1000
  • Sue Franklin
    signed 2021-05-21 22:11:49 +1000
  • Jamie Kennedy
    signed 2021-05-21 22:11:01 +1000
  • Candace Fio
    signed 2021-05-21 22:04:59 +1000
    The potential for a thriving community we have to establish equality, safety and stability. This is an important step here in the Shire. For everyone making a life here but specially for the vulnerable including single parents and the elderly.
  • Beth Powditch
    signed 2021-05-21 18:51:21 +1000
  • Ann Reed
    signed 2021-05-21 18:35:31 +1000
  • Ellie Powditch
    signed 2021-05-21 18:28:12 +1000
  • Dominique Matus
    signed via 2021-05-20 21:07:02 +1000
    We need to protect our local community and give it the support it needs to thrive, secure housing plays a huge role in this.
  • Katharine Coxall
    signed 2021-05-20 18:36:30 +1000
    Because everyone deserves a home, and the inequity that women and children are facing in our region is incredibly damaging the the tapestry of our community!