Power to the pen­sion­ers

Switched-on lo­cals win fight for fair power price

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - RACHEL VER­COE rachel.ver­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

WE NEED TO LET THESE PEO­PLE KNOW IN OTHER PARKS THEY CAN WIN, THEY CAN GET RE­DUCED ELEC­TRIC­ITY, THEY CAN GET RE­DUCED SER­VICE AVAIL­ABIL­ITY AND THEY ARE DUE THEIR RE­FUNDS... JOHN MOF­FITT

PEN­SION­ERS liv­ing in a lo­cal res­i­den­tial park are re­lieved after 18 months fight­ing for fair power bills.

In June last year, The Ad­vo­cate was ap­proached by pen­sioner John Mof­fitt who raised the issue to in­form oth­ers who could un­know­ingly be over­charged.

It was re­vealed that in one lo­cal park op­er­a­tors were pur­chas­ing elec­tric­ity for an av­er­age 10.3541c/kwh and sell­ing it to res­i­dents for 31.317c/kwh.

“All of our res­i­dents here on the em­bed­ded net­work raised $1160 and we ob­tained an opin­ion from The Law Spe­cial­ists in Coffs Har­bour,” Mr Mof­fitt said.

The le­gal opin­ion ver­i­fied his sus­pi­cions that op­er­a­tors were in breach of con­tract.

“When we pre­sented to our op­er­a­tors, they took it to their cor­po­rate lawyers and they con­ceded that was fact and they had made a mis­take.”

In De­cem­ber, the case was set­tled and 78 res­i­dents at the park will re­ceive re­funds.

“We now have re­duced elec­tric­ity costs by a bit over 60 per cent, our ser­vice avail­abil­ity charge has been re­duced and the res­i­dents will be re­ceiv­ing re­funds.

John said the to­tal re­funds for res­i­dents in the park would be around $100,000.

“That’s a lot of money for pen­sion­ers and self-funded re­tirees.”

“Our park took the hon­ourable path and we’re happy with that.

“What’s hap­pen­ing and why we need to get this out, is other parks, op­er­a­tors and gate­way life­styles, are of­fer­ing their res­i­dents elec­tric­ity usage rates of 27c/kwh and they’re drop­ping off their ser­vice avail­abil­ity charge but they are not of­fer­ing re­funds.”

John said peo­ple not get­ting re­funds were go­ing to miss out on around $12 mil­lion statewide.

“We need to let these peo­ple know... they can win, they can get re­duced elec­tric­ity, they can get re­duced ser­vice avail­abil­ity and they are due their re­funds, legally.”

If you’re in a res­i­den­tial land lease com­mu­nity or sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, con­tact Mr Mof­fitt on 0417 666 728 or email john.mof­[email protected]

Photo: Rachel Ver­coe

NUM­BERS UP: Peter Phillips, Rob Thomas, Dawn Thomas, He­len Wil­letts and John Mof­fitt will be re­ceiv­ing re­funds.

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