Byron residents spend 30% of their income on housing.
Byron residents spend 30% of their income on housing. David Nielsen

Byron is least affordable

BYRON Shire has the highest rate of housing stress in the state, according to new figures.

The Australians for Affordable Housing figures show 25% of Byron residents are under housing stress - described as having to spend 30% or more of income on housing needs.

While Byron tops the state for housing stress, Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca are close at 22%.

The figures for Byron are not surprising said the Northern Rivers Social Development Council's acting CEO, Brett Paradise.

"Byron is a very desirable place to live with very limited capacity for growth," Mr Paradise said.

As unaffordability continues to rise in Byron, the rest of the region suffers from the fallout.

"As people move out of Byron, we start to see more pressure put on housing in the west of the region."

With rising housing costs and expensive transport options, Byron would end up losing its permanent workforce who create the lifestyle that is so desired.



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