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

Dr Lee Andresen
Elizabeth Gwynne
Garry Boorer
Dane Middleton
Kristine Finke
Jan Archer
Nathan Rowe
Heidi Green
Anne Christoffersen
Sean Corrigan
Jonathan Sutton
Mark Jacobs
Christine Kruger
John Philpott
Eric Oppel
Robyn Brown
Glen Philpott
Jo Hobson
Sundar Mahtani
Leona Kieran
Stephen Atkinson
Beverley Crossley
Lisa Schaper
Sue Dorrington
Lily Schmelzle
Bruce Middleton
Bruce McQueen
Simon Croker
Laena Stephenson
Rhonda Green
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • Dr Lee Andresen
    signed 2023-05-12 16:35:05 +1000
  • Elizabeth Gwynne
    signed 2023-05-12 16:30:59 +1000
  • Garry Boorer
    signed 2023-03-15 18:15:30 +1100
  • Dane Middleton
    signed 2023-02-10 22:05:25 +1100
    Real estate agents & regulatory bodies are complicit in the extortion of our people. There is no sense of community when it comes to the dollar, Pay absurd prices or get out because someone else will pay it. I continue to experience and hear stories of abuse to families from land lords who unreasonably hike rents to squeeze the life out of people. Where is the community support for families & locals who have lived here their entire lives?
  • Kristine Finke
    signed 2023-01-31 12:16:33 +1100
  • Jan Archer
    signed 2022-10-20 13:18:54 +1100
  • Nathan Rowe
    signed 2022-09-02 21:00:47 +1000
  • Heidi Green
    signed 2022-02-25 19:40:50 +1100
    Legislation regarding Caravan parks length of stay needs to change whilst there is a shortage of affordable housing.
  • Anne Christoffersen
    signed 2021-12-31 18:09:10 +1100
  • Sean Corrigan
    signed 2021-12-22 16:41:54 +1100
  • Jonathan Sutton
    signed 2021-12-22 11:37:50 +1100
  • Mark Jacobs
    signed 2021-12-20 16:02:49 +1100
  • Christine Kruger
    signed 2021-12-19 06:31:58 +1100
    This continuing disgrace never seems to be dealt

    with by any coalition government in this state!

    A far more compassionate approach is needed a

    humanitarian system needs to be set up. Not this

    current financial greed and growth system!
  • John Philpott
    signed 2021-12-18 16:11:41 +1100
  • Eric Oppel
    signed 2021-12-18 12:24:15 +1100
  • Robyn Brown
    signed 2021-12-18 06:37:55 +1100
  • Glen Philpott
    signed 2021-12-17 21:01:44 +1100
  • Jo Hobson
    signed 2021-12-17 20:48:15 +1100
  • Sundar Mahtani
    signed 2021-12-17 20:41:34 +1100
  • Leona Kieran
    signed 2021-12-17 20:41:29 +1100
  • Stephen Atkinson
    signed 2021-12-17 20:04:40 +1100
  • Beverley Crossley
    signed 2021-12-17 19:35:53 +1100
    Rental accomodation, not holiday letting. No more AirBnB.
  • Lisa Schaper
    signed 2021-12-17 18:35:58 +1100
    Sydney’s now unaffordable most people rent now
  • Sue Dorrington
    signed 2021-12-17 18:33:35 +1100
  • Lily Schmelzle
    signed 2021-12-06 17:04:56 +1100
  • Bruce Middleton
    signed 2021-12-05 01:54:38 +1100
  • Bruce McQueen
    signed 2021-12-04 22:15:55 +1100
  • Simon Croker
    signed 2021-12-04 19:35:18 +1100
  • Laena Stephenson
    signed 2021-12-04 08:38:36 +1100
    I’m involved in a community owned and run bush camp ground. We cannot allow people to stay beyond a certain amount of time. I’m seeing increasing numbers of homeless people of all ages and socio economic backgrounds come through our centre and we have to ‘move them on’, once they have reached the legal limit, when they have nowhere to go.

    I constantly hear the words, ’ there are no places to rent’.
  • Rhonda Green
    signed 2021-12-04 02:46:06 +1100