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

John Cassidy
Elendel McCasker
Mariana Moonsun
Adrian Hicks
Deborah James
Michelle Lowe
Gloria Peterzen
Nancy Hoerman
Dani S
Jacqui Lachmann
Jalquin Waidelich
Annaka Danks
Cassandra Thorburn
Marcus Barber
Christina Henry
Karyne Gough
Wendy Forster
Caroline Sévilla
Ingrid Loewy
Coral Jones
Delphine Jestin
Denis Rothwell
James Barker
Megan Wynne-Jones
Philip Tonge
Lynette Bijl
Annette Watson
Yari M
Pauline Fergus
Diane Davies
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • John Cassidy
    signed 2021-03-27 09:00:15 +1100
    I’m in the Oxley electorate and we are having the same issues of housing affordability and a rental availability crisis.
  • Elendel McCasker
    signed 2021-03-27 07:50:30 +1100
  • Mariana Moonsun
    signed 2021-03-27 07:46:56 +1100
    It’s unacceptable to support tourism and not homelessness financially.
  • Adrian Hicks
    signed 2021-03-27 06:49:30 +1100
  • Deborah James
    signed 2021-03-27 06:10:42 +1100
  • Michelle Lowe
    signed 2021-03-27 06:03:29 +1100
  • Gloria Peterzen
    signed 2021-03-27 05:55:11 +1100
    Too many people are renting out accommodation to holiday makers. Or doing AirB&B.

    Would be renters are desperate. 50-100 people are showing up to view rentals, and there are so few rentals available.

    I see people on smaller roads living in their cars.

    No accommodation/ no jobs.

    We need to do more to support people in dire circumstances
  • Nancy Hoerman
    signed 2021-03-26 23:50:49 +1100
  • Dani S
    signed 2021-03-26 22:10:21 +1100
  • Jacqui Lachmann
    signed 2021-03-26 21:49:33 +1100
  • Jalquin Waidelich
    signed 2021-03-26 21:31:36 +1100
  • Annaka Danks
    signed 2021-03-26 21:31:30 +1100
  • Cassandra Thorburn
    signed 2021-03-26 19:42:05 +1100
    We have the same problem here in Bellingen Shire. It needs legislative solutions. Homes before profits!
  • Marcus Barber
    signed 2021-03-26 19:10:45 +1100
    If we’re happy to ;et all those celebs come in cashed up, we should be happy to support those that have been here for ever
  • Christina Henry
    signed 2021-03-26 18:48:38 +1100
  • Karyne Gough
    signed 2021-03-26 18:42:19 +1100
    The lack of affordable housing in this state is a disgrace. The politicians in charge of this crime against humanity should be made to ‘live’ homeless for months at a time to see how they like it. Only psychopaths could think the homeless situation is ok.
  • Wendy Forster
    signed 2021-03-26 18:24:27 +1100
  • Caroline Sévilla
    signed 2021-03-26 18:09:06 +1100
  • Ingrid Loewy
    signed 2021-03-26 17:09:45 +1100
    It’s time to reflect on what’s been created here in the Northern Rivers and ask ourselves if it’s what we want: do we really want endless traffic, over-development, failing infrastructures and absolutely no affordable housing; or do we want to change this into a community where there’s a more equitable distribution of wealth and the kind of life it’s reasonable to expect in a First World country? There’s no point patting ourselves on the back and saying we live in paradise when clearly it’s more like a fast developing horror story. We need to stop and fix things before we destroy what’s left of real value here.
  • Coral Jones
    signed 2021-03-26 16:52:43 +1100
  • Delphine Jestin
    signed 2021-03-26 16:43:41 +1100
  • Denis Rothwell
    signed 2021-03-26 16:41:28 +1100
    Low income housing is a hi priority for an increasing number of Australians and must be addressed
  • James Barker
    signed 2021-03-26 16:37:41 +1100
  • Megan Wynne-Jones
    signed 2021-03-26 16:31:15 +1100
  • Philip Tonge
    signed 2021-03-26 16:16:11 +1100

  • Lynette Bijl
    signed 2021-03-26 16:15:25 +1100
  • Annette Watson
    signed 2021-03-26 16:13:52 +1100
  • Yari M
    signed 2021-03-26 16:09:53 +1100
  • Pauline Fergus
    signed 2021-03-26 15:37:09 +1100
  • Diane Davies
    signed 2021-03-26 15:33:53 +1100