Park home changes
DAWN Thomas sees light at the end of the tunnel for frustrated relocatable home park residents after a recent forum.
Mrs Thomas, the treasurer of the Northern Alliance Park Residents’ Association, attended a forum for park residents held in Tweeds Heads last week and said that NSW Coalition and Greens representatives had agreed to include important items on NAPRA’s wishlist in their policies.
“This is great news for park residents,” Mrs Thomas said.
She said Greg Aplin, the Opposition spokesman on Fair Trading, Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest and Greens MLC David Shoebridge, who attended the forum, had agreed to incorporate several key demands by park residents in their policies.
These are licensing of parks to bring them in line with other businesses, mandatory training for park managers, and reversing the onus of proof for excessive rents.
At present the onus is on residents to prove that any rent rise is excessive but residents want park owners and managers required to show justification for rent rises above the CPI.
“If these measures are passed it will be a lot simpler for park residents,’ Mrs Thomas said.
“There are more than 4000 people in relocatable home parks in the Tweed alone and at one park residents are paying $201 a week.
“There are well over 2500 park residents on the Coffs Coast between Corindi and Macksville.
“Because we own our own homes residential tenancy laws do not apply to us.”
She said they were hoping to have a second forum later in the year at Port Macquarie.
NAPRA is also lobbying to have regulations introduced to deal with complaints of intimidation of park residents, the majority of whom are elderly.