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

Tracie Crockford
Doug Lewin
Toni Appleton
Karen South
Maarten van Yzendoorn
Trevor Innes
Trevor Manttan
Anne Price
Bronte Carlopio
Susan Trusty
Mirtha Christian
Kierrynn Davis
Michael Cousins
Benjamin Fawcett
Bronwyn Fitzgerald
John Durkin
Jennifer Norman
David Norris
Stephen Mills
Bruce Lamesse
Brett Belot
Iain Dooley
John McWhinney
Mathias Alexandrou
Zoe Clements
Mark Pages
Luke Tallon
Helen Newton
Cathy Ridd
Maddy Flowers

Will you sign?

Showing 571 reactions

  • Tracie Crockford
    signed 2021-04-30 16:46:17 +1000
  • Doug Lewin
    signed 2021-04-30 16:37:21 +1000
    There’s a need for low cost housing the Shire
  • Toni Appleton
    signed 2021-04-30 15:38:09 +1000
    I would add a fourth targeted solution. Because it is the cost of land that makes new housing so expensive, serious consideration must be given to using ‘Crown Land’ for the purpose of constructing affordable housing.
  • Karen South
    signed 2021-04-30 15:02:07 +1000
    After 5 1/2 years in a long term rental the owners have just asked me to move out to renovate and get more money. I was told when I moved in that as long as I paid my rent and looked after the place I could stay as long as I wanted to.

    And now, after 22 years in the Shire, I’m looking for a home again and they are all at least twice the price as is reasonable!
  • Maarten van Yzendoorn
    signed 2021-04-30 14:46:40 +1000
  • Trevor Innes
    signed 2021-04-30 14:24:37 +1000
  • Trevor Manttan
    signed 2021-04-30 14:21:49 +1000
    I have 3 sons in their early 20s, between casual employment and lack of / overpriced rentals, they cant afford to move out.
  • Anne Price
    signed 2021-04-30 14:17:48 +1000
  • Bronte Carlopio
    signed 2021-04-30 14:13:07 +1000
  • Susan Trusty
    signed 2021-04-30 14:09:00 +1000
  • Mirtha Christian
    signed 2021-04-30 13:54:32 +1000
    We’re definitely in desperate need for immediate action from our State Government.
  • Kierrynn Davis
    signed 2021-04-30 13:52:13 +1000
  • Michael Cousins
    signed 2021-04-30 13:49:15 +1000
  • Benjamin Fawcett
    signed 2021-04-30 13:44:24 +1000
  • Bronwyn Fitzgerald
    signed 2021-04-30 13:25:30 +1000
  • John Durkin
    signed 2021-04-30 13:24:08 +1000
    When are the Centre Left and the Left of politics going to reconcile, join forces and give our side a better chance of beating the crazy right wing. If Labour had the gumption to stand up and be counted and the Greens were able to convince Labour their not a bunch of left wing hippies maybe some of the really pressing issues that dominate poor peoples lives would be resolved.
  • Jennifer Norman
    signed 2021-04-30 13:13:21 +1000
  • David Norris
    signed 2021-04-30 13:12:12 +1000
    House pricing should not be allowed to be used as a means of the select few becoming rich at the risk of those less fortunate.

    Laws need to be put in place so that house price increases are regulated and tied to wage increases not left to actions of profit greedy speculators, banks, and real estate agents .

    If someone upgrades their home for sale the increase in price should reflect the cost of improvements and home prices should increase according to government regulated parameters.

    The ability to afford a home is like the ability to afford bread and butter.
  • Stephen Mills
    signed 2021-04-30 13:05:45 +1000
  • Bruce Lamesse
    signed 2021-04-30 13:02:41 +1000
  • Brett Belot
    signed 2021-04-30 13:01:11 +1000
  • Iain Dooley
    signed 2021-04-30 12:56:36 +1000
  • John McWhinney
    signed 2021-04-30 12:55:49 +1000
    The housing crisis is critical in northern nsw and has been ever since the LNP corruption 7 years ago
  • Mathias Alexandrou
    signed 2021-04-29 10:07:59 +1000
  • Zoe Clements
    signed 2021-04-28 15:50:53 +1000
  • Mark Pages
    signed 2021-04-28 09:23:26 +1000
    This is the most important issue in the Northern Rivers. The situation is getting desperate for many. REAL & IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED.
  • Luke Tallon
    signed 2021-04-28 07:36:56 +1000
  • Helen Newton
    signed via 2021-04-27 22:50:56 +1000
    This problem is also very bad in areas further inland, like Lismore.
  • Cathy Ridd
    signed 2021-04-27 10:30:37 +1000
  • Maddy Flowers
    signed 2021-04-26 19:27:08 +1000
    Although I do not reside in the northern rivers,we face not dissimilar issues