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

Lee Wilson
Sally Cusack
John O'Neill
Randolf Reimann
Mark Flynn
Ale Bert
Kass Warner
Colleen Butler
Paul Tribe
Christine McRae
Jayden Everingham
William Parker
Jesika Dawnn
Julian Snelius
Ari Hunt
Maddison Presgrave
Adouard Cadou
Francoise Sauvere
Lorella Ricci
Craig Davidson
Jo Irwin
Jonathon Denver
Margaret Carter
Mark Swarzes
Lara Crompton
Alana Attwood
Michelle Taylor
Richard Hughes
Peter King
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • Lee Wilson
    signed 2021-04-18 08:11:11 +1000
    Myself, my 14year old daughter and our pets, are currently homeless, due to our Landlord wanting to sell the property.

    The housing shortage and prices in this area are ridiculous.

    I doubt that I am going to beable to secure a rental property at these rates.
  • Sally Cusack
    signed 2021-04-18 08:09:21 +1000
  • John O'Neill
    signed 2021-04-18 08:02:24 +1000
  • Randolf Reimann
    signed 2021-04-17 20:36:48 +1000
  • Mark Flynn
    signed 2021-04-17 17:38:01 +1000
  • Ale Bert
    signed 2021-04-17 14:25:08 +1000
  • Kass Warner
    signed 2021-04-17 12:24:47 +1000
  • Colleen Butler
    signed 2021-04-17 12:01:55 +1000
  • Paul Tribe
    signed 2021-04-17 11:01:03 +1000
  • Christine McRae
    signed 2021-04-17 10:08:27 +1000
  • Jayden Everingham
    signed 2021-04-17 10:08:07 +1000
  • William Parker
    signed 2021-04-17 08:38:05 +1000
  • Jesika Dawnn
    signed 2021-04-17 07:48:27 +1000
  • Julian Snelius
    signed 2021-04-17 07:29:46 +1000
  • Ari Hunt
    signed 2021-04-16 23:34:01 +1000
  • Maddison Presgrave
    signed 2021-04-16 22:26:09 +1000
  • Adouard Cadou
    signed 2021-04-16 20:20:20 +1000
  • Francoise Sauvere
    signed 2021-04-16 16:58:06 +1000
  • Lorella Ricci
    signed 2021-04-16 16:38:44 +1000
    When we are privileged to own a place, it’s hard to really understand what it would be like to have to leave your community, your support, everything you know … and be exiled. We need to attend to this crisis and take care of our community,
  • Craig Davidson
    signed 2021-04-16 16:17:56 +1000
  • Jo Irwin
    signed 2021-04-16 10:47:28 +1000
    I’m a renter who has just been given notice after almost 4 years here. I thought I was secure as had been told that this was an investment property. The owners have now decided to rent the property to a relative. This has bought up a lot of fear about my potential to re rent in the area in our current climate.

    We are never really secure being a renter..
  • Jonathon Denver
    signed 2021-04-16 08:54:00 +1000
  • Margaret Carter
    signed 2021-04-16 08:27:55 +1000
  • Mark Swarzes
    signed 2021-04-16 07:59:15 +1000
    Local people are being forced out of the housing market and out of the area, as local housing prices mirror the trends set in Sydney & Melbourne… Many cashed-up city dwellers have relocated to this area, especially since the onset of covid which has only exaceradated the situation.

    For decades successive governments have ignored public housing to the point that we now face a crissis.

    The Australian people are looking for someone to lead… not just another politician paying lip service to the problem, more concerned with their re-election prospects than what is best for the nation.
  • Lara Crompton
    signed 2021-04-16 07:18:37 +1000
  • Alana Attwood
    signed 2021-04-15 20:07:35 +1000
    We are a young family, working and have a deposit saved. It is impossible for us to enter the housing market where we grew up- devastating and unfair.
  • Michelle Taylor
    signed 2021-04-15 20:01:13 +1000
  • Richard Hughes
    @hughesrw52 tweeted link to this page. 2021-04-15 19:06:00 +1000
  • Richard Hughes
    signed 2021-04-15 19:05:29 +1000
  • Peter King
    signed 2021-04-15 18:43:37 +1000