Pensioners echo calls for review of unfair legislation

“Pensioners echo calls for an independent review of new laws governing residential parks that stand to disadvantage thousands of older people across NSW” said Charmaine Crowe, Senior Advisor, Research & Advocacy.

“The NSW Greens and Labor have called on Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox to urgently review the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Act in light of revelations about donations made by residential park operator Norton Whitmont towards Liberal MP Chris Hartcher’s 2011 election campaign.”[1]

“Residential parks offer a form of low-cost housing for more than 33,000 people in NSW, but park living will likely become more expensive once the Act takes effect. The Act allows operators to share in any capital gain a home owner makes and will permit site fee increases on the basis of future expenses for the park.”

“The industry is the major beneficiary of the new Act. Park residents on the other hand feel they were ignored during the consultation process and they want answers.”

Media contact: Charmaine Crowe

Mobile: 0422 707 332

 

Note for media: There are more than 480 residential parks in NSW, in areas including:

-      Wyong, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens (74 parks)

-      Coffs Harbour, Tweed Heads, Lismore (31 parks)

-      Illawarra, Shoalhaven (28 parks)

-      Bega, Batemans Bay, Eden, Narooma, Moruya (23 parks)

-      Mudgee, Orange, Dubbo (8 parks)

-      Albury, Wagga Wagga (8 parks)


[1]Needham, K. ‘Mobile home park owner hosted fundraiser for Lib MP Chris Hartcher’ Sun Herald 25 May 2014:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mobile-home-park-owner-hosted-fundraiser-for-lib-mp-chris-hartcher-20140524-38vde.html & Klan, A. ‘Caravan park residents are taken for a ride’ The Australian 7 June 2014 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/caravan-park-residents-are-taken-for-a-ride/story-e6frg8zx-1226946320475