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

Katherine Myers
Xiola Nolan
Jasbir Singh
Michael Goodwin
Paul Full
Anna Carmichael
Samantha Jones
Jennifer Cargill
Simon Chate
Sergio Cardillo
Paola Rossini
Paul Jones
Susan Fitzpatrick
David Dewar
India Grant
Christopher Bruce
Jasmin Weatherstone
Bev Melverton
Irina Bockx-Helmich
Lolita Swarzes
Susan Roberts
Wendy Mills
Jacqui Walsh
Mike Greenslade
Louise Kelsey
Brendan Coyle
Susan Dempster
Diann White
David Cox
Rob Trigger

Will you sign?

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  • Katherine Myers
    signed 2021-04-14 10:59:27 +1000
  • Xiola Nolan
    signed 2021-04-14 10:59:24 +1000
  • Jasbir Singh
    signed 2021-04-14 10:34:44 +1000
  • Michael Goodwin
    signed 2021-04-14 10:33:03 +1000
  • Paul Full
    signed 2021-04-14 09:40:04 +1000
  • Anna Carmichael
    signed 2021-04-14 06:52:04 +1000
  • Samantha Jones
    signed 2021-04-14 06:12:53 +1000
  • Jennifer Cargill
    signed 2021-04-14 00:11:05 +1000
  • Simon Chate
    signed 2021-04-13 22:55:13 +1000
  • Sergio Cardillo
    signed 2021-04-13 19:41:27 +1000
  • Paola Rossini
    signed 2021-04-13 19:35:46 +1000
  • Paul Jones
    signed 2021-04-13 18:57:15 +1000
  • Susan Fitzpatrick
    signed 2021-04-13 18:52:53 +1000
  • David Dewar
    signed 2021-04-13 17:56:46 +1000
  • India Grant
    signed 2021-04-13 17:27:17 +1000
  • Christopher Bruce
    signed 2021-04-13 16:36:38 +1000
    Good on you!
  • Jasmin Weatherstone
    signed 2021-04-13 16:31:29 +1000
    Housing is a human right. Please make sure we all have a home. I was homeless at 14-16. With a heavily disabled little brother. No one did anything. No one helped. We are now in the same situation and i am scared to death simply because there’s no hope for renting in ballina. It shouldn’t be this way.
  • Bev Melverton
    signed 2021-04-13 15:54:31 +1000
  • Irina Bockx-Helmich
    signed 2021-04-13 14:31:30 +1000
  • Lolita Swarzes
    signed 2021-04-13 14:07:27 +1000
  • Susan Roberts
    signed 2021-04-13 13:46:08 +1000
    Totally agree Tamara! Am utterly fed up with properties here being bought specifically for investment via Air BnBs & the like. I am witnessing friends who have been here for many years being forced out of their rental accommodation & with no where really to go, as new property owners from the big cities move in – or don’t, using their new purchases for investment. There’s no commitment to or concern for our communities at all. . . Walking my dog in Brunswick Heads, I encounter homeless women, middle-aged and up, living in their cars. . . Thank you for caring & doing what you can to redress this sad situation.
  • Wendy Mills
    signed 2021-04-13 13:42:04 +1000
  • Jacqui Walsh
    signed 2021-04-13 12:58:57 +1000
  • Mike Greenslade
    signed 2021-04-13 12:49:28 +1000
  • Louise Kelsey
    signed 2021-04-13 12:38:56 +1000
    I am on housing wait list
  • Brendan Coyle
    signed 2021-04-13 11:52:57 +1000
  • Susan Dempster
    signed 2021-04-13 11:46:06 +1000
  • Diann White
    signed 2021-04-13 08:09:53 +1000
  • David Cox
    signed 2021-04-12 21:21:32 +1000
    I appreciate that you are addressing this critical issue.
  • Rob Trigger
    signed 2021-04-12 20:58:00 +1000