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

Brendan Coyle
Susan Dempster
Diann White
David Cox
Rob Trigger
Tim Macdonald
Rachel Barnden
Emma Wilkie
Pete Martin
Jo Purssey
Mireille Heman
Colleen Crawford
Mark Crawford
Michael Simpson
Cole Williams
Gina Nichols
Patricia Kingdom
Andrew Pearce
Eve Grace
Paul Bugden
Karen Bennett
Lucy Cassianos
Patrick Sterlin
Ildi Ehsman
Melissa Cox
Narelle Skinner
Heather Bray
Adriana Alvarado
Anna McCormack
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • Brendan Coyle
    signed 2021-04-13 11:52:57 +1000
  • Susan Dempster
    signed 2021-04-13 11:46:06 +1000
  • Diann White
    signed 2021-04-13 08:09:53 +1000
  • David Cox
    signed 2021-04-12 21:21:32 +1000
    I appreciate that you are addressing this critical issue.
  • Rob Trigger
    signed 2021-04-12 20:58:00 +1000
  • Tim Macdonald
    signed 2021-04-12 20:01:42 +1000
  • Rachel Barnden
    followed this page 2021-04-12 19:36:01 +1000
  • Rachel Barnden
    signed 2021-04-12 19:22:52 +1000
    Dear Tamara Smith MP,

    Thankyou for supporting this cause in your community.

    Another solution for a small percentage of people is to amend legislation to allow victims wanting to leave Domestic Violence Relationships to be granted access to their Superannuation for a first home loan deposit.

    Please consider what you can do to assist this change.


  • Emma Wilkie
    signed 2021-04-12 18:44:52 +1000
  • Pete Martin
    signed 2021-04-12 18:26:15 +1000
  • Jo Purssey
    signed 2021-04-12 18:10:57 +1000
    Please support initiatives protecting renting with pets
  • Mireille Heman
    signed 2021-04-12 17:59:19 +1000
  • Colleen Crawford
    signed 2021-04-12 17:30:53 +1000
  • Mark Crawford
    signed 2021-04-12 16:31:45 +1000
    No one should be homeless in this country. It is a disgrace and inhuman that we as a society allow this to happen.
  • Michael Simpson
    signed 2021-04-12 16:04:06 +1000
  • Cole Williams
    signed 2021-04-12 14:56:34 +1000
  • Gina Nichols
    signed 2021-04-12 14:52:23 +1000
    Airbnb and greedy investors are destroying Byron Shire. There desperately needs to be regulation.
  • Patricia Kingdom
    signed 2021-04-12 14:50:37 +1000
  • Andrew Pearce
    signed 2021-04-12 14:48:06 +1000
  • Eve Grace
    signed 2021-04-12 14:15:19 +1000
    We need more public housing urgently
  • Paul Bugden
    signed 2021-04-12 13:31:32 +1000
    End Negative Gearing on single family dwellings!

    Replace with incentive to invest in infrastructure and multi family dwellings / low income rental properties.
  • Karen Bennett
    signed 2021-04-12 13:31:06 +1000
  • Lucy Cassianos
    signed 2021-04-12 10:11:33 +1000
  • Patrick Sterlin
    signed 2021-04-08 20:28:20 +1000
  • Ildi Ehsman
    signed 2021-04-08 17:16:22 +1000
    End to negative gearing! Houses are for living in, to be the home of the home owner, and NOT for speculative, exploitative, profiteering investment. New houses for rent should be built by the governments, and or privately with strong rent control. Inflationary house and rent prices leaves very little purchasing power for even the essential goods and services, resulting in less demand in G&S, therefore creating spiraling high level of unemployment. BTW, NO new hospitals were built to cope with the increased demand. Instead we are restricted, muzzled up and locked down with disastrous consequences.
  • Melissa Cox
    signed 2021-04-07 10:48:53 +1000
  • Narelle Skinner
    signed 2021-04-07 10:31:49 +1000
  • Heather Bray
    signed 2021-04-06 22:41:38 +1000
  • Adriana Alvarado
    signed 2021-04-06 07:33:59 +1000
  • Anna McCormack
    signed 2021-04-05 12:51:13 +1000