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

Michele Speck
Gregory Olsen
Byron Christie
Colleen Anderson
Toni Payne
Eleanor Leleu
Sandra Heilpern
Gene Trim
Stefan Tober
Barbara Hannah
Narelle Macreadie
Robyn Marshall-Jung
Julie Smith
Anara Carroll
Kitty Deane
Christine Becroft
Eugene Meany
Ernst-Ulrich Forster
Tahnee Palaszczuk
Kathleen Edgar
Beverley Atkinson
Rebecca Aldous
Mike Greenslade
Pamela Scarborough
Ken Robertson
Jan Davis
peter warburton
Bec Lehner
Peter Fullelove
Jill Walker
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 867 reactions

  • Michele Speck
    signed 2021-11-20 08:10:10 +1100
    Please #TogetherWeCan create equal opportunities for all people :-) Sending love
  • Gregory Olsen
    signed 2021-11-20 07:54:56 +1100
  • Byron Christie
    signed 2021-11-20 07:08:06 +1100
  • Colleen Anderson
    signed 2021-11-20 06:38:22 +1100
  • Toni Payne
    signed 2021-11-20 06:13:59 +1100
  • Eleanor Leleu
    signed 2021-11-20 06:12:45 +1100
  • Sandra Heilpern
    signed 2021-11-20 04:04:14 +1100
    Byron Shire is rapidly becoming a place for the very wealthy, for investors, and for tourists in holiday lets. . Please help us restore our community so that our single mothers, our teachers, our nurses, our working and those looking for work, can stay here instead of being priced out and edged out by this ever growing industry of turning neighbourhoods into resorts.
  • Gene Trim
    signed 2021-11-19 22:25:29 +1100
    Thankyou Tamara for putting this out there our community needs support to ease the housing crisis.
  • Stefan Tober
    signed 2021-11-19 21:22:04 +1100
  • Barbara Hannah
    signed 2021-11-19 20:44:34 +1100
  • Narelle Macreadie
    signed 2021-11-19 20:32:48 +1100
  • Robyn Marshall-Jung
    signed 2021-11-19 20:08:50 +1100
  • Julie Smith
    signed 2021-11-19 19:30:47 +1100
  • Anara Carroll
    signed 2021-11-19 18:54:16 +1100
  • Kitty Deane
    signed 2021-11-19 18:26:13 +1100
  • Christine Becroft
    signed 2021-11-19 17:55:59 +1100
    Everyone needs a home.
  • Eugene Meany
    signed 2021-11-19 17:27:23 +1100
  • Ernst-Ulrich Forster
    signed 2021-11-19 17:17:46 +1100
  • Tahnee Palaszczuk
    signed 2021-11-19 17:13:31 +1100
  • Kathleen Edgar
    signed 2021-11-19 16:55:01 +1100
  • Beverley Atkinson
    signed 2021-11-19 16:44:42 +1100
    small compact homes, sustainable, well built, insulated, private, giving most amenity and togetherness for least land, and with services and destinations nearby.
  • Rebecca Aldous
    signed 2021-11-19 16:39:58 +1100
  • Mike Greenslade
    signed 2021-11-19 16:35:50 +1100
  • Pamela Scarborough
    signed 2021-11-19 16:26:07 +1100
  • Ken Robertson
    signed 2021-11-19 16:26:05 +1100
    Rents are ridiculously high in the Mullumbimby area, there must be some sort of cap or something so that locals can afford to live in their town, stop the outrageous house prices being paid by incoming residents and holiday makers. Real, I mean real affordable housing is needed now by thousands of people, this situation needs to change immediately. We need to be able to live comfortably, affordably, long term, with or without pets, change must come.
  • Jan Davis
    signed 2021-11-19 16:18:18 +1100
    Well done Greens:)
  • peter warburton
    signed 2021-11-19 16:16:03 +1100
  • Bec Lehner
    signed 2021-11-19 16:07:39 +1100
    I work in the specialist homeless sector-enough is enough, we need more affordable local housing.
  • Peter Fullelove
    signed 2021-11-19 16:04:50 +1100
  • Jill Walker
    signed 2021-11-19 16:04:06 +1100
    More social housing is needed everywhere