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

Catherine Kerr
Judith Crafti
Romain Bigeard
Christeena Wright
Fiona Lyell
Sidney Allen
Yanna Solar-Lowther
Graeme Batterbury
Wendy Royston
Jenni Hamnett
Angela Carroll
Juan Nawrath Larrain
James Inness
Julia Young
Heather Stevenson
Patricia Anthony
Jack Cerne
Vicky Andersson
Emma Danchin
Eva Thomas
Greg Hughes
Diane Campbell
James Gatland
Helene Gatland
Megan Jennaway
Jake Taylor
Sue Stewart
Bek Hermann
Geoff Meers
Karen Jeffery
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Catherine Kerr
    signed 2021-04-21 14:39:46 +1000
  • Judith Crafti
    signed 2021-04-21 14:34:14 +1000
  • Romain Bigeard
    signed 2021-04-21 12:30:24 +1000
  • Christeena Wright
    signed 2021-04-21 11:40:57 +1000
  • Fiona Lyell
    signed 2021-04-21 11:38:47 +1000
  • Sidney Allen
    signed 2021-04-21 11:04:44 +1000
    I support items 1 & 3 of the petition. I do NOT support item 2 and will not until I see more detail!
  • Yanna Solar-Lowther
    signed 2021-04-21 08:47:52 +1000
  • Graeme Batterbury
    signed 2021-04-21 08:37:33 +1000
  • Wendy Royston
    signed 2021-04-21 07:48:35 +1000
  • Jenni Hamnett
    signed 2021-04-21 07:41:05 +1000
    In the echo last week I read something by someone in letters to the editor that I thought was brilliant so many homes could be converted into 2 dwellings with modifications to house many people if councils helped with establishing new guidelines it would also have a small footprint could be ideal for families with young adult children that can’t find affordable housing to keep them where they have grown up etc
  • Angela Carroll
    signed 2021-04-21 06:40:49 +1000
  • Juan Nawrath Larrain
    signed 2021-04-20 20:46:03 +1000
  • James Inness
    signed 2021-04-20 20:12:37 +1000
    Homeless situation causing personal tradgeties
  • Julia Young
    signed 2021-04-20 18:55:19 +1000
  • Heather Stevenson
    signed 2021-04-20 07:52:17 +1000
  • Patricia Anthony
    signed 2021-04-20 02:58:09 +1000
    Please rehome my FB friend! 😪
  • Jack Cerne
    signed 2021-04-19 22:55:11 +1000
  • Vicky Andersson
    signed 2021-04-19 19:39:37 +1000
  • Emma Danchin
    signed 2021-04-19 16:11:10 +1000
  • Eva Thomas
    signed 2021-04-19 14:48:58 +1000
  • 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.
  • Diane Campbell
    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