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

Stuart Murray
Alan Gordon
Isabelle Kimmorley
Jocelyn Hillier
Anthony Batts
Jennifer Dobson
John Butcher
Lea McAllister
Nikki Treanor
Jo Hobson
Michael Kellett
Jason van Tol
Margaret Camp
Rosa Pascoe
Carmel Buckley
Jennifer Castle
Mark Dunn
Penelope Cooke
Louise Jones
Belinda Berkaya
Muriel Lewin
Christine Bain
Julie Emery
Maryellen Flynn
Lisa Apostolides
Herbert Kinzl
Madeleine Green
Brian Forbes
Richard Wilson
Denis Madeleine

Will you sign?

Showing 571 reactions

  • Stuart Murray
    signed 2021-05-01 11:07:18 +1000
  • Alan Gordon
    signed 2021-05-01 10:26:44 +1000
  • Isabelle Kimmorley
    signed 2021-05-01 09:58:09 +1000
    Many friends who OWN their homes are leaving the Shire and are heading to Pottsville to live. Why not when you can get over a million dollars for a timber cottage ? This area has changed – even granny flats are $400.00 plus to rent – impossible if you are on Centrelink or low income. People have had to surrender their beloved pets to find a rental. It is sad to see families who were born and bred here, moving on. Money changes everything….sadly.
  • Jocelyn Hillier
    signed 2021-05-01 09:47:56 +1000
    This period of time seems the best time for a housing reset (that is long overdue) and to add speed to the Covid economic recovery.
  • Anthony Batts
    signed 2021-05-01 09:36:40 +1000
    Remove tax lurks for investors re negative gearing for more than one property and no capital gains tax reductions on investment properties. Increase first home owners grant and ceiling for genuine first home buyers
  • Jennifer Dobson
    signed 2021-05-01 09:04:12 +1000
  • John Butcher
    signed 2021-05-01 08:57:14 +1000
  • Lea McAllister
    signed 2021-05-01 08:56:57 +1000
    I have a very close friend who has a working partner,two young children and a beautiful big dog. They are going to be evicted for no reason very soon. My friend is a health professional who works 4 days per week. If a family like this is being evicted for no reason what hope do our most marginalised members of society have?
  • Nikki Treanor
    signed 2021-05-01 07:50:27 +1000
  • Jo Hobson
    signed 2021-05-01 07:20:32 +1000
  • Michael Kellett
    signed 2021-05-01 07:18:03 +1000
    Why would you want to holiday in Byron Bay
  • Jason van Tol
    signed 2021-05-01 06:36:39 +1000
  • Margaret Camp
    signed 2021-05-01 05:16:33 +1000
    We are surrounded by holiday lets
  • Rosa Pascoe
    signed 2021-05-01 01:22:59 +1000
  • Carmel Buckley
    signed 2021-04-30 22:47:34 +1000
  • Jennifer Castle
    signed 2021-04-30 22:23:41 +1000
    I totally agree with Louise Jones “This is a dire situation. Please limit the population in the Northern Rivers. We don’t have the infrastructure”
  • Mark Dunn
    signed 2021-04-30 22:08:25 +1000
  • Penelope Cooke
    signed 2021-04-30 21:39:44 +1000
  • Louise Jones
    signed 2021-04-30 21:21:55 +1000
    This is a dire situation. Please limit the population in the Northern Rivers. We don’t have the infrastructure.
  • Belinda Berkaya
    signed 2021-04-30 21:05:48 +1000
  • Muriel Lewin
    signed 2021-04-30 20:45:24 +1000
    The money given by Liberal Federal Govt for renovation of rental property has encouraged land lords to remove the Tennent from the property then renovate. Then the property is then rented at a somewhat larger rent well out of reach of struggling families.

    Who are the Federal Government looking after??

    Maybe the likes of Barnaby Joyce or Peter Dutton with their multiple rentals.
  • Christine Bain
    signed 2021-04-30 19:57:10 +1000
  • Julie Emery
    signed 2021-04-30 19:47:50 +1000
    This is indeed a housing crisis. It is brutal out there in the rental world and secure tenure is not guaranteed.

    This very day I am driving to Tasmania so see what is possible there.

    People who provide the services that the new resident expect are very people that are being driven out.
  • Maryellen Flynn
    signed 2021-04-30 19:47:45 +1000
    not having a home is not an option lets do something about it and do it now
  • Lisa Apostolides
    signed 2021-04-30 19:29:33 +1000
    This is a real crisis and we needd to act at a community level. Byron Youth Theatre is devising a new production called Our Hoem holiday Town addess these issues. To be delivered in September to schools and our community. Please support us by coming to see what our 16-26 yr olds have to say!
  • Herbert Kinzl
    signed 2021-04-30 19:09:48 +1000
  • Madeleine Green
    signed 2021-04-30 17:51:54 +1000
  • Brian Forbes
    signed 2021-04-30 17:45:52 +1000
    My Yurt designs can help
  • Richard Wilson
    signed 2021-04-30 17:02:16 +1000
  • Denis Madeleine
    signed 2021-04-30 16:55:30 +1000