An action group representing residential park residents from Blacktown to The Tweed has called on the NSW Opposition, The Greens and The Shooters and Fishers Party to help them.
There are more than 70,000 people with the average age of 65 living in some 500 residential parks in NSW, including Blacktown.
Spokeswoman Mary Preston, who lives in Gateway Lifestyle Residential Park at Stanhope Gardens, said they could help ensure the proposed law to be passed by NSW Parliament would be fair and balanced to all parties.
‘‘I am organising a meeting with Opposition Leader John Robertson, the MP for Blacktown, to present a petition signed by 1560 people and to brief him of our concerns,’’ Ms Preston said.
‘‘My colleagues have already contacted the Greens and the Shooters and Fishers Party.’’
Ms Preston said the protection offered by the current Act had been replaced with a new one that tipped the balance of power to park owners.
Some of the residents’ concerns include capital gains profit sharing for park owners, restriction on additional occupants, hiring tradesmen and sub-let and privacy issues.
‘‘We will also be working closely with the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association on our battle strategy,’’ Ms Preston said.
She was responding to Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts who recently said the draft bill would strike a better balance between home owners and operators.
Mr Roberts also said key reforms would include clear rules of conduct for park operators and sanctions for those operators who fail to comply, mandatory education requirements for all new park operators and a community-based approach to dealing with increases in site fees.
Ms Preston attacked Mr Roberts for cutting funding to the advocacy group, the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association’s Park and Village Service (PAVS).
‘‘ To withdraw their funding now is a certain indication of the government’s contempt for home-owning residents in parks.’’