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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Sarah-Jane McGrath (51) has spent the last 10 months living in her car. Rental prices in the Byron Bay region have risen dramatically in recent years.

The Byron Bay community is at war with a proposed Netflix reality TV show called Byron Baes, which locals feel does not represent their town. A petition calling on business owners to refuse the use of their premises as a location has attracted thousands of signatures. The town has become wildly popular in the last couple of years for celebrities and influencers living a laid-back lifestyle which has only been exaggerated with the COVID-19 pandemic that has seen young professionals leaving the city to work from the iconic destination, forcing rents and property prices to rocket. The Mayor, Simon Richardson says ''We've got a community that is in real stress, we've got a community that has real life issues dealing with housing, work, affordability.''

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