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

Mary Fox
David Kolb
Margaret Wills
Monica Woollett
David Brown
Linsay Dowse
Merrian Malouf
Joanne Rapa
James Hackett
Fiona Wilde
Anne Currey
Jeremy Cape
Kylie Bullow
Julie Gerrish
Lee Andresen
Annette Feletti
Anthony Breeze
Jason Lasky
Rhonda Green
David Middleton
Vanessa Lauf
Pablo Bobe
Sharne Warren
Greg Hale
Mark Streten
Margaret St Leger
Sarah Oud
Lee Lambert
Tlaloc Tokuda
Paul Connellan
10,000 signatures

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  • Mary Fox
    signed 2021-03-26 12:29:51 +1100
  • David Kolb
    signed 2021-03-26 12:24:52 +1100
  • Margaret Wills
    signed 2021-03-26 12:21:41 +1100
  • Monica Woollett
    signed 2021-03-26 12:21:26 +1100
    About time to shift LEFT.
  • David Brown
    signed 2021-03-26 12:18:47 +1100
  • Linsay Dowse
    signed 2021-03-26 12:15:17 +1100
  • Merrian Malouf
    signed 2021-03-26 12:14:25 +1100
  • Joanne Rapa
    signed 2021-03-26 12:13:27 +1100
  • James Hackett
    signed 2021-03-26 12:13:18 +1100
  • Fiona Wilde
    signed 2021-03-26 12:12:56 +1100
  • Anne Currey
    signed 2021-03-26 12:07:44 +1100
    Access to secure housing must come before accommodation for holiday makers. Fincialising housing is a policy that has direct implications for affordability and access. The priority must be for housing and not for profit taking.
  • Jeremy Cape
    signed 2021-03-26 12:05:00 +1100
  • Kylie Bullow
    signed 2021-03-26 12:04:55 +1100
  • Julie Gerrish
    signed 2021-03-26 12:00:23 +1100
  • Lee Andresen
    signed 2021-03-26 12:00:17 +1100
  • Annette Feletti
    signed 2021-03-26 12:00:12 +1100
  • Anthony Breeze
    signed 2021-03-26 11:59:03 +1100
    Everybody deserves somewhere safe to sleep. How can we have a flexible workforce if it is impossible to to find appropriate accommodation.
  • Jason Lasky
    signed 2021-03-26 11:58:03 +1100
  • Rhonda Green
    signed 2021-03-26 11:57:16 +1100
  • David Middleton
    signed 2021-03-26 11:56:19 +1100
  • Vanessa Lauf
    signed 2021-03-26 11:55:09 +1100
    Developers are to blame. Force them to include low-cost housing in DA’s, and councils should not approve anything that is lacking this detail.
  • Pablo Bobe
    signed 2021-03-26 11:53:16 +1100
  • Sharne Warren
    signed 2021-03-26 11:51:39 +1100
  • Greg Hale
    signed 2021-03-26 11:49:06 +1100
    This is serious, Gladys.
  • Mark Streten
    signed 2021-03-26 11:48:54 +1100
  • Margaret St Leger
    signed 2021-03-26 11:48:27 +1100
  • Sarah Oud
    signed 2021-03-26 11:48:17 +1100
  • Lee Lambert
    signed 2021-03-26 11:47:14 +1100
    The homeless – people without homes-are not the problem. The lack of affordable and suitable homes and our governments inaction to help provide this to our citizen is.
  • Tlaloc Tokuda
    signed 2021-03-26 11:45:51 +1100
  • Paul Connellan
    signed 2021-03-26 11:45:11 +1100