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

Carolyn Fitzhenry
Malcolm Miller
Geoff Manning
Vanessa LAuf
Ruth Walton
Mike Clark
Iona Harsanyi
Jacqueline Marks
Rach Cavanagh
Wendy Cole
Catherine Coorey
Someone Else
Rafael Rigaldiès
Nicole Harvey
Steve Wheatley
Amy Simmonds
Susan Roberts
Stephanie Stafford
Lauren Kuroda
Julia Martin
Susan Wallace
Simon Chate
Lyndsay Howarth
Anthony O'Toole
Matt Lopez
Joanne Mitchell
Samantha Welch
Lisa Apostolides
Imogen Dingle
Christine Jones
10,000 signatures

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  • Carolyn Fitzhenry
    signed 2021-11-19 15:59:08 +1100
  • Malcolm Miller
    signed 2021-11-19 15:54:53 +1100
  • Geoff Manning
    signed 2021-11-19 15:54:43 +1100
    It is past time that the housing crisis was attended too.
  • Vanessa LAuf
    signed 2021-11-19 15:49:40 +1100
  • Ruth Walton
    signed 2021-11-19 15:47:41 +1100
  • Mike Clark
    signed 2021-11-19 15:42:56 +1100
  • Iona Harsanyi
    signed 2021-11-19 15:11:47 +1100
  • Jacqueline Marks
    signed 2021-11-19 14:29:23 +1100
  • Rach Cavanagh
    signed 2021-11-19 14:20:58 +1100
  • Wendy Cole
    signed 2021-11-19 12:12:00 +1100
    Housing in Australia is at a pitiful level. Both rental and purchase of properties is beyond the income of thousands, particularly those on low income.
  • Catherine Coorey
    signed 2021-11-15 16:20:34 +1100
    Our community is corroding before our eyes – families who have lived here for years are being wrenched from their communities and have no alternative place to go.
  • Someone Else
    signed 2021-11-09 13:00:24 +1100
  • Rafael Rigaldiès
    signed 2021-11-09 12:59:12 +1100
  • Nicole Harvey
    signed 2021-10-16 11:50:27 +1100
  • Steve Wheatley
    signed 2021-08-10 02:08:00 +1000
  • Amy Simmonds
    signed 2021-08-03 07:42:52 +1000
    A short term solution to fixing the housing crisis could be to set up a permanent free camping area in the Byron Shire with toilets and free hot showers (on a timer system to avoid waisted electricity). That’s the least we can do to help the people in a housing crisis.
  • Susan Roberts
    signed 2021-07-26 15:25:14 +1000
  • Stephanie Stafford
    signed 2021-07-20 20:53:03 +1000
  • Lauren Kuroda
    signed 2021-07-17 08:32:58 +1000
  • Julia Martin
    signed 2021-07-17 08:05:39 +1000
  • Susan Wallace
    signed 2021-07-16 12:11:57 +1000
  • Simon Chate
    signed 2021-07-16 09:47:48 +1000
  • Lyndsay Howarth
    signed 2021-07-15 10:19:35 +1000
  • Anthony O'Toole
    signed 2021-07-15 07:57:14 +1000
  • Matt Lopez
    signed 2021-07-15 07:18:27 +1000
  • Joanne Mitchell
    signed 2021-07-14 15:33:13 +1000
  • Samantha Welch
    signed via 2021-07-14 14:49:54 +1000
  • Lisa Apostolides
    signed 2021-07-14 14:08:24 +1000
    We need ACTION NOW!!!!!
  • Imogen Dingle
    signed 2021-07-14 13:15:40 +1000
  • Christine Jones
    signed 2021-07-14 07:45:14 +1000