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

Mark Jones
Louiza Egan
Georgia Fox
Dominique Wilson
Sally Breheny
Sarah Buchanan
Daniela Combochi
Jessica Hutton
Francesca Hart
Paul Bright
Danielle Stewart
Simon Field
Maree Eddings
Simone Pauley
Adrian Woodhouse
Carine Appo
David Joyce
Gabrielle O'Shannessy
Erwan Quelennec
Margaret Hamey
David Whistler
Patrick Sloan
Rachel Quilty
Robyn Bishop
Milly Brookes
Kim Goodrick
Daniel Elliott
Joanna Bolte
Warren Holder
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Marley
    signed 2021-03-30 01:24:52 +1100
  • Mark Jones
    signed 2021-03-30 01:19:30 +1100
  • Louiza Egan
    signed 2021-03-29 22:58:49 +1100
  • Georgia Fox
    signed 2021-03-29 22:34:12 +1100
  • Dominique Wilson
    signed 2021-03-29 22:25:02 +1100
  • Sally Breheny
    signed 2021-03-29 22:09:35 +1100
    I am 70 this year in a tenancy that may end shortly. I am terrified.
  • Sarah Buchanan
    signed 2021-03-29 22:08:02 +1100
  • Daniela Combochi
    signed 2021-03-29 22:07:14 +1100
  • Jessica Hutton
    signed 2021-03-29 22:04:13 +1100
    I hope this rule gets the go ahead!! I know too many people who are struggling to find a house let alone anything affordable!! Something needs to be done…
  • Francesca Hart
    signed 2021-03-29 22:00:45 +1100
  • Paul Bright
    signed 2021-03-29 21:50:36 +1100
  • Danielle Stewart
    signed 2021-03-29 21:38:17 +1100
  • Simon Field
    signed 2021-03-29 21:22:41 +1100
    This is a no brainer and easy to implement, and will have such a positive affect across the community. freeing up STHL property in our local region for long term rental will provide desperately needed homes for our community and bring back our sense of community and neighbourhood. STHL had gutted so many residential areas into holiday ghettos, it’s time to bring back the residents to residential areas, and move tourists into approved tourist accommodation. It may even reduced the investor greed!
  • Maree Eddings
    signed 2021-03-29 21:15:59 +1100
  • Simone Pauley
    signed 2021-03-29 21:12:36 +1100
  • Adrian Woodhouse
    signed 2021-03-29 20:46:44 +1100
    Whole house short term holiday let’s should be severely restricted ..max 3 to 4 weeks per year
  • Carine Appo
    signed 2021-03-29 20:44:11 +1100
  • David Joyce
    signed via 2021-03-29 18:45:22 +1100
  • Gabrielle O'Shannessy
    signed 2021-03-29 18:06:32 +1100
    This is at Crisis Point. Mother’s across the local Shires are living in tents with their children. Parents are being ordered by the Federal Circuit Court to remain in the area, when there is no housing and no where they can afford. What is the use of allowing AirBnBs to operate 90 days per year; how does that increase long term housing, or affordable housing, where do the tenants go for 3 months every year? Or, should all that accommodation be kept empty.
  • Erwan Quelennec
    signed 2021-03-29 17:13:36 +1100
  • Margaret Hamey
    signed 2021-03-29 15:01:47 +1100
  • David Whistler
    signed 2021-03-29 14:34:00 +1100
  • Patrick Sloan
    signed 2021-03-29 14:30:24 +1100
  • Rachel Quilty
    signed 2021-03-29 14:07:35 +1100
  • Robyn Bishop
    signed 2021-03-29 10:09:08 +1100
  • Milly Brookes
    signed 2021-03-29 09:35:36 +1100
  • Kim Goodrick
    signed 2021-03-29 09:34:56 +1100
  • Daniel Elliott
    signed 2021-03-29 09:19:10 +1100
    As someone who grew up in the Northern Rivers, it is almost impossible now to find housing for sale that’s affordable so I can start a family, despite working 3 jobs to try and save for a deposit.
  • Joanna Bolte
    signed 2021-03-29 09:17:33 +1100
  • Warren Holder
    signed 2021-03-29 02:08:55 +1100