Jenny Pandava, Homelessness caseworker, Ballina/Byron
As a homelessness caseworker for the Byron/Ballina region I believe there is no greater necessity/need in Mullumbimby at present than to provide affordable accommodation for people on low incomes.
Every day I am contacted by people and services desperately looking for accommodation in this area.
Many Mullum locals cannot afford the current rental prices but love their community and don’t want to leave.
Therefore my suggestion for the showground is to provide: a camping area for short term rental; and the purchase of a few caravans and cabins for longer-term rental on the property.
The money spent on this ‘value adding’ will fast be recovered by the weekly rental income from them. The ongoing rental received will provide much-needed revenue for maintenance and infrastructure upgrades.
It’s a win/win for the community at large. By the way, Housing NSW consider 50 per cent of a person’s income is considered affordable; any percentage over this is not considered sustainable.
Caravan rental at $180/200pw is affordable to most people I see, single, couple or small family (cabins are renting for $350pw at one Byron Bay Park).