Last Friday evening,17/2/2017 channel nine run a piece on the heavenly existence of living in residential parks. This was obviously a paid add by park operators. One can only wonder at this sudden burst of marketing. We can only speculate as to why this sudden burst has become necessary.
Perhaps too many of these parks are being developed and prospective punters have heeded the much bad advertising relative to long term residents being turfed out of their homes. This practice is used when the big money men buy up old mixed parks with intent to redevelop new residential parks. Existing residents are given their marching orders with little or no compensation enabling them to buy elsewhere. Their only choice is public housing. This is good government strategy for balancing the budget!
However, just perhaps the State Government has heeded our ARPQ complaints pending the current legislation being reviewed. The true Story is that continuous State Labour Governments have been openly protecting park operators through its legislation. For instance, Residential park operators are not bound by the open market economy based on competition. The legislators have encouraged park operators seeking to increase site fees to just compare with any other parks of their choosing to increase site fees. In other words, anti competition, a cartel. This is remuneration by government for park operators developing residential parks thus removing any responsibility from government. A sort of quid quo pro.
It therefore becomes obvious that any business given such legislative cartel conditions would be fools not to grab the opportunity to prosper, we are all human, “purely speculation on my part”. Now of course this sudden marketing drive by park operators is a little suspicious. Could this State Labour Government actually be considering lifting the awarded cartel conditions come the legislative review and actually exposing park operators to real competition?
Hence, the sudden marketing initiative of last Friday. It all sounds a bit suspicious. I mean, why change a good system that serves both government and park operator and to hell with pensioner home owners. Perhaps the old adage “when your on a good thing, stick to it” is becoming a bit contentious, time will tell.