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November 30, 2021

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Ballina is experiencing both a housing boom and skyrocketing prices. The developers must be loving it. But unless you’re already in the market and benefitting from current price rises, then there is virtually nothing left for you.

A rental vacancy rate of less than one per cent means there are more families in our Shire becoming homeless every week. How is it then, that almost nothing affordable or even attainable for the average worker has been built in the last decade?

Ballina Council has rezoned huge areas of land in that time, but not once did they have the gumption to tell the developers that they must provide a proportion of the development as medium density affordable housing, not just slightly smaller McMansions on tiny blocks.

The people currently living with family or friends, in caravans and tents, desperate to find something – anything – in our Shire, are paying the price of our past inaction.

We need a new Council that will stand up to the developers. Yes, we’re going to grow, but making sure we have the right mix of housing and infrastructure is crucial.

By the way, has anybody figured out why the Nats, sorry I mean ‘genuine Independents’, want a dam big enough to cater for a population four times our current size?

Phil Thomas, Cumbalum

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  1. Phil, whenever you see an “Independent” dressed in a purple T shirt, with Sharon Cadwallader written on it- and campaigning on a platform of water security by building a big new dam on a small creek- where the last remnant of Big Scrub rain forest will be destroyed- along with the existing koala habitat- and sacred indigenous sites, there has got to be a National lurking underneath it; no other political party, except possibly One Nation, is that destructive.


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