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

Marie Kennedy
Barrie Peters
Ellie Waterhouse
Christine Parker
Jason Sullivan
Jane Eliott
Jazmine Cameron
Sebastian Lundmark
John Gray
Lyn Gray
Ofunneka Anyanwu
Stephanie Robinson
John Miller
Sophie Hammond
Kylie Riordan
Sharen Caines
Chamindu Haththotuwegama
Kahlia Ashford
Michelle Nunan
Rachel Moane
Kim Wilson
Carol Budden
Samantha Everingham
Bruce Budden
Kym Gilham
Brendon McLeod
Paul Cooke
Allan O'Brien
Craig Scanlan
Ursula Diethelm
10,000 signatures

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  • Marie Kennedy
    signed 2021-04-15 06:24:14 +1000
  • Barrie Peters
    signed 2021-04-14 20:27:01 +1000
  • Ellie Waterhouse
    signed 2021-04-14 19:42:52 +1000
  • Christine Parker
    signed 2021-04-14 18:42:52 +1000
  • Jason Sullivan
    signed 2021-04-14 18:36:48 +1000
    I am a victim of this crisis
  • Jane Eliott
    signed 2021-04-14 18:23:02 +1000
  • Jazmine Cameron
    signed 2021-04-14 18:11:47 +1000
  • Sebastian Lundmark
    signed 2021-04-14 18:06:28 +1000
  • John Gray
    signed 2021-04-14 17:53:57 +1000
  • Lyn Gray
    signed 2021-04-14 17:49:00 +1000
  • Ofunneka Anyanwu
    signed 2021-04-14 17:38:21 +1000
  • Stephanie Robinson
    signed 2021-04-14 17:26:52 +1000
  • John Miller
    signed 2021-04-14 17:17:13 +1000
  • Sophie Hammond
    signed 2021-04-14 17:16:52 +1000
  • Kylie Riordan
    signed 2021-04-14 17:09:34 +1000
    I have been on the housing list for 10 years. Abuse survivor, Leukemia 4 kids. House being demolished no grounds eviction cannot afford rental house for 5 people. 8th on the priority list for a house and they say it will still take years!! My Leukemia will get me before I even get a house. Cannot afford a rental and will be living under north creek bridge from 4th June. I have already written to the NSW housing minister and torn strips off her politely, and Sco Mo..he earns more than the U.S. (fake) President and he cannot oversee supply of housing for his own people!!!. Ballina High Year 12 1986, I am a published Author (Kylie Paish) and repped Actor and vocalist in the top 5% of world talent (no we are not rich..most acting jobs are no fee..we do it to forget our own lives..maybe once a year I will earn a fee) I am sick, a busy mum and WE WILL BE HOMELESS 4TH JUNE. My childrens father is not helping, living in housing (never been on the list) with his grandma and drinking his Jobseeker. Never bought even a pair of shoes or pays support. My father Bernard Paish used to work for the housing commission, when there was one and there were plenty of houses. Now, even though I have a terminal illness and 4 kids..8th on the list, I may still wait years. My illness will kill me before the greedy government can supply a house. No one will rent to me…not enough money. So thank you Australia for being guinea pigs in the New World Order and putting good citizens just like my children and I, out in the cold under a bridge. Good onya Australia. Not. Kylie Paish
  • Sharen Caines
    signed 2021-04-14 16:55:28 +1000
  • Chamindu Haththotuwegama
    signed 2021-04-14 16:48:19 +1000
  • Kahlia Ashford
    signed 2021-04-14 16:44:39 +1000
  • Michelle Nunan
    signed 2021-04-14 16:02:50 +1000
  • Rachel Moane
    signed 2021-04-14 15:14:53 +1000
  • Kim Wilson
    signed 2021-04-14 15:12:35 +1000
  • Carol Budden
    signed 2021-04-14 15:02:51 +1000
  • Samantha Everingham
    signed 2021-04-14 14:56:33 +1000
  • Bruce Budden
    signed 2021-04-14 14:55:13 +1000
  • Kym Gilham
    signed 2021-04-14 14:50:53 +1000
  • Brendon McLeod
    signed 2021-04-14 14:50:00 +1000
  • Paul Cooke
    signed 2021-04-14 14:45:26 +1000
  • Allan O'Brien
    signed 2021-04-14 14:07:01 +1000
  • Craig Scanlan
    signed 2021-04-14 13:41:21 +1000
  • Ursula Diethelm
    signed 2021-04-14 13:19:09 +1000