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

Maddison Presgrave
Adouard Cadou
Francoise Sauvere
Brandon Saul
Lorella Ricci
Craig Davidson
Rosemary McKay
Emily Najdovski
Jo Irwin
Julia Martin
Jonathon Denver
Margaret Carter
Mark Swarzes
Lara Crompton
Alana Attwood
Michelle Taylor
Richard Hughes
Peter King
Geoffrey Southward
Martin James
Marie Peckham
Daniel Wise
Alan Brennan
Britta Meyer
Sue Brighton
Ray Hahn
Samantha Smith
Melinda McGrath

Will you sign?

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  • Maddison Presgrave
    signed 2021-04-16 22:26:09 +1000
  • Adouard Cadou
    signed 2021-04-16 20:20:20 +1000
  • Francoise Sauvere
    signed 2021-04-16 16:58:06 +1000
  • Brandon Saul
    signed 2021-04-16 16:44:02 +1000
  • Lorella Ricci
    signed 2021-04-16 16:38:44 +1000
    When we are privileged to own a place, it’s hard to really understand what it would be like to have to leave your community, your support, everything you know … and be exiled. We need to attend to this crisis and take care of our community,
  • Craig Davidson
    signed 2021-04-16 16:17:56 +1000
  • Rosemary McKay
    signed 2021-04-16 15:42:51 +1000
  • Emily Najdovski
    signed 2021-04-16 12:24:22 +1000
  • Jo Irwin
    signed 2021-04-16 10:47:28 +1000
    I’m a renter who has just been given notice after almost 4 years here. I thought I was secure as had been told that this was an investment property. The owners have now decided to rent the property to a relative. This has bought up a lot of fear about my potential to re rent in the area in our current climate.

    We are never really secure being a renter..
  • Julia Martin
    signed 2021-04-16 10:16:07 +1000
  • Jonathon Denver
    signed 2021-04-16 08:54:00 +1000
  • Margaret Carter
    signed 2021-04-16 08:27:55 +1000
  • Mark Swarzes
    signed 2021-04-16 07:59:15 +1000
    Local people are being forced out of the housing market and out of the area, as local housing prices mirror the trends set in Sydney & Melbourne… Many cashed-up city dwellers have relocated to this area, especially since the onset of covid which has only exaceradated the situation.

    For decades successive governments have ignored public housing to the point that we now face a crissis.

    The Australian people are looking for someone to lead… not just another politician paying lip service to the problem, more concerned with their re-election prospects than what is best for the nation.
  • Lara Crompton
    signed 2021-04-16 07:18:37 +1000
  • Alana Attwood
    signed 2021-04-15 20:07:35 +1000
    We are a young family, working and have a deposit saved. It is impossible for us to enter the housing market where we grew up- devastating and unfair.
  • Michelle Taylor
    signed 2021-04-15 20:01:13 +1000
  • Richard Hughes
    @hughesrw52 tweeted link to this page. 2021-04-15 19:06:00 +1000
  • Richard Hughes
    signed 2021-04-15 19:05:29 +1000
  • Peter King
    signed 2021-04-15 18:43:37 +1000
  • Geoffrey Southward
    signed 2021-04-15 17:58:16 +1000
  • Martin James
    signed 2021-04-15 16:34:42 +1000
  • Marie Peckham
    signed 2021-04-15 16:02:26 +1000
    We desperately need much more affordable housing in this area. Rents have increased and soon our local workers will be unable to stay and work in this area. That happened in Silicone Valley years ago, they had to bus people in from outside to work as teachers and firemen and nurses etc. We don’t want it to come to that. In UK when they build a housing estate they have to include cheaper accomodation, often people rent and can buy the house later on. Why is Australia not doing that?
  • Daniel Wise
    signed 2021-04-15 15:45:10 +1000
  • Alan Brennan
    signed 2021-04-15 15:42:48 +1000
  • Christine
    signed 2021-04-15 15:34:38 +1000
  • Britta Meyer
    signed 2021-04-15 15:23:54 +1000
  • Sue Brighton
    signed 2021-04-15 15:23:46 +1000
  • Ray Hahn
    signed 2021-04-15 15:06:03 +1000
    Rental prices are insane in Ballina. I’m on a pension and rent increase two months ago was almost $100 a month.. With increase in rent, food, elec., petrol going up etc. hundreds of pensioners and low income earners are struggling to make ends meet . I’ve lived in Ballina Shire for more then 40 years and now thinking about moving to a different town where rents are reasonable.
  • Samantha Smith
    signed 2021-04-15 14:51:57 +1000
  • Melinda McGrath
    signed 2021-04-15 14:37:18 +1000