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

Paula Park
Mark Marusic
Jennifer Jenkins-Flint
Kath Leahy
Zena Davies
John B
Louise Archibald
Steve Edwards
John Rigby
Shane Bell
Hedy Bryant
Anne Picot
Maureen Beatty
Charles Hamilton
Jessica Temple
Raymond Mathiesen
Mandy Spacek
Adrian Rogers
Kade Nicholson
Marin Simpson
Melinda Maxfield
Renee Scott
Jan Daly
Megan Ward
Rosie Lee
Mauzie Breslin
Patricia Warren
James Rogers
Julia Hall
Catherine Coorey
10,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 610 reactions

  • Paula Park
    signed 2021-06-18 11:20:45 +1000
    We have similar and growing problems in the south of the state.
  • Mark Marusic
    signed 2021-06-16 12:46:16 +1000
  • Jennifer Jenkins-Flint
    signed 2021-06-14 18:20:56 +1000
  • Kath Leahy
    signed 2021-06-13 20:56:21 +1000
  • Zena Davies
    signed 2021-06-13 13:59:07 +1000
  • John B
    signed 2021-06-12 18:18:06 +1000
  • Louise Archibald
    signed 2021-06-12 13:05:57 +1000
  • Steve Edwards
    signed 2021-06-12 07:03:24 +1000
  • John Rigby
    signed 2021-06-12 02:14:25 +1000
  • Shane Bell
    signed 2021-06-12 02:01:01 +1000
  • Hedy Bryant
    signed 2021-06-11 20:56:47 +1000
  • Anne Picot
    signed 2021-06-11 17:52:20 +1000
    Thanks for fighting for housing. I was appalled to discover there are people were camping in a state Forest campsite, including families who were flooded out earlier this year. Just not acceptable.
  • Maureen Beatty
    signed 2021-06-11 17:27:12 +1000
  • Charles Hamilton
    signed 2021-06-11 17:25:26 +1000
  • Jessica Temple
    signed 2021-06-11 17:18:49 +1000
  • Raymond Mathiesen
    signed 2021-06-11 17:02:56 +1000
  • Mandy Spacek
    signed 2021-06-11 16:52:34 +1000
    I have been homeless because my greedy landlord kept jacking up the rent every year to a point where I could not afford to pay the rent- let alone any bills. Now I have been black-listed and can never rent a private home ever again. This is the Liberals great work in progress for allowing this sort of crap to happen, allowing greedy landlords and property investors to run amok at the expense of the poor. Sack the Liberals for their poor management of the country and failing to act in the best interest of its citizens. Bloody Shameful!
  • Adrian Rogers
    signed 2021-06-11 16:03:56 +1000
  • Kade Nicholson
    signed 2021-06-07 20:08:08 +1000
  • Marin Simpson
    signed 2021-05-24 18:17:49 +1000
  • Melinda Maxfield
    signed 2021-05-24 15:13:46 +1000
  • Renee Scott
    signed 2021-05-24 06:26:01 +1000
  • Jan Daly
    signed 2021-05-23 20:03:51 +1000
  • Megan Ward
    signed 2021-05-23 17:57:11 +1000
  • Rosie Lee
    signed 2021-05-23 08:20:15 +1000
  • Mauzie Breslin
    signed 2021-05-23 07:59:26 +1000
  • Patricia Warren
    signed 2021-05-22 19:54:48 +1000
  • James Rogers
    signed 2021-05-22 17:51:25 +1000
    Airbnb is destroying communities and preventing working people from being able to rent or buy affordable homes
  • Julia Hall
    signed 2021-05-22 17:39:36 +1000
  • Catherine Coorey
    signed 2021-05-22 14:36:07 +1000