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

Nicola Joseph
Roger Garlick
Barbara Elliott
Rosemary McKay
Ford Newbold
Leonie Fulton
Linda Mathew
Heather Selwyn
Karen Taylor
Natalie Elliott
Nikki Ilamurugan
Beverly Hogue
Sally Schaffer
Jean Boussard
Richard Stanford
Georgina Laporte
Wesley Taylor
Jennifer Barron
Jane Lino
Christina Khumari
James Smith
J'Aimee Skippon-Volke
Fernanda Rodas
James Hart
Robert Phelps
Stephen Grant
Suzanne Thwaites
Fiona Gregory
Jason van Tol
Rikki Stubbs
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • Nicola Joseph
    signed 2023-05-14 19:18:19 +1000
  • Roger Garlick
    signed 2023-05-14 18:08:23 +1000
    Housing is a BASIC RIGHT
  • Barbara Elliott
    signed 2023-05-14 18:02:34 +1000
  • Rosemary McKay
    signed 2023-05-14 17:24:20 +1000
  • Ford Newbold
    signed 2023-05-14 09:31:26 +1000
  • Leonie Fulton
    signed 2023-05-14 09:05:08 +1000
  • Linda Mathew
    signed 2023-05-14 07:42:48 +1000
  • Heather Selwyn
    signed 2023-05-13 22:44:27 +1000
  • Karen Taylor
    signed 2023-05-13 19:55:23 +1000
    Someone comes on the TV saying “We’re sorry we cloud seeded during a King Tide”.

    Like we’re stupid enough to believe that BS.

    You put us out of our homes…. so deal with it!

    Do something about affordable housing.

    And stick your NWO Smart Cities and GMO food, where the sun doesn’t shine!

    We’re a food producing area, we like our food natural and e like our rural lives.

    Leave us alone, but give us our homes back!
  • Natalie Elliott
    signed 2023-05-13 18:15:49 +1000
  • Nikki Ilamurugan
    signed 2023-05-13 16:36:33 +1000
  • Beverly Hogue
    signed 2023-05-13 15:20:11 +1000
  • Sally Schaffer
    signed 2023-05-13 15:19:05 +1000
  • Jean Boussard
    signed 2023-05-13 13:28:29 +1000
  • Richard Stanford
    signed 2023-05-13 12:54:36 +1000
  • Georgina Laporte
    signed via 2023-05-13 12:41:20 +1000
  • Wesley Taylor
    signed 2023-05-13 12:38:31 +1000
  • Jennifer Barron
    signed 2023-05-13 12:29:23 +1000
  • Jane Lino
    signed 2023-05-13 12:16:43 +1000
    Crucial to get the quality of aged care right immediately.

    The number of people needing/wanting aged care facilities will grow exponentially over the next few years, and beyond.

    Getting it right now will make the transition to expanding the number of vacancies so much easie
  • Christina Khumari
    signed 2023-05-13 10:57:58 +1000
  • James Smith
    signed 2023-05-13 10:55:02 +1000
  • J'Aimee Skippon-Volke
    signed via 2023-05-13 10:21:10 +1000
  • Fernanda Rodas
    signed 2023-05-13 10:10:07 +1000
    Stop demolishing social and Strata Schemes housing.
  • James Hart
    signed 2023-05-13 10:06:18 +1000
    A Group of Ladies working hard for the community go greens
  • Robert Phelps
    signed 2023-05-13 09:59:46 +1000
  • Stephen Grant
    signed 2023-05-13 09:41:09 +1000
    I support the 60 day rule and and a substantial I crease in social a d affordable housing
  • Suzanne Thwaites
    signed 2023-05-13 09:30:03 +1000
    Housing for the Elderly AND homeless is IMPERATIVE and URGENT. Get off your backsides BOTH sides of Parliament 🤬
  • Fiona Gregory
    signed 2023-05-13 09:18:16 +1000
    End no ground evictions in NSW.
  • Jason van Tol
    signed 2023-05-13 08:52:02 +1000
  • Rikki Stubbs
    signed 2023-05-13 08:44:46 +1000
    Heart breaking and outrageous