Power to the pensioners
Switched-on locals win fight for fair power price
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]
NUMBERS UP: Peter Phillips, Rob Thomas, Dawn Thomas, Helen Willetts and John Moffitt will be receiving refunds.