Community education project gets underway

Franya Repolusk at the community information session at Nepean Shores

Along with local tenant advocates we got out and about visiting parks and delivering education sessions in early November.

First stop: Western Sydney

We kicked off our community education project in Western Sydney. Julie Lee, Residential Parks Officer at the Tenants’ Union, and Franya Repolusk from the Western Sydney Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service started the week by visiting residential parks across Western Sydney.

  Despite being turned away from a few parks, Julie and Franya were able to meet and talk with many Western Sydney park residents to let them know about the new law. They handed out over 500 copies of our current edition of Outasite:
‘New Law for Parks’.

At the end of the week the Tenants’ Union ran two education sessions about the new Act – at Stanhope Gardens and Nepean Shores Riverside Resort.  With over 150 residents in attendance across the two sessions the venues were standing room only!

Then on to the Central Coast …

At the end of the month we moved up the coast, battling the heat to visit 13 parks.  Julie and Lisa Ashby from the Central Coast Tenants Advice and Advocacy service began by visiting parks around Chain Valley Bay and Lake Munmorah then made their way down the coast via Wyong to parks around Erina and Avoca.  Again the park visits gave us a great chance to chat with residents, and find out about issues in the local area.  We handed out over 800 copies of Outasite to Central Coast park residents during our visit.

Julie delivery a community information session at Erina Library, December 2015

The two education sessions held the next week (in early December) were very well attended - around 65 residents at each session. The Honourable Yasmin Catley (Member for Swansea) has a keen interest in parks and attended our session at Doyalson. The Q&A sessions at the end of the presentations provided a great opportunity for residents to raise questions about the new Act.

It was great to have colleagues from NSW Fair Trading at the two Central Coast information sessions. They talked about how Fair Trading can help park residents and explained the process for lodging a complaint with Fair Trading.  They will be joining us at future information sessions.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has helped us with the project so far.  Many park residents across Western Sydney and the Central Coast generously gave up their time to help with handing out information, doing media, and generally getting the word out.  

And we’ll be coming to more areas around the state!

From February next year we will be back out on the road, visiting parks and running community information sessions.  To find out when we’ll be coming to your area, check out the schedule here.  This will be updated as we lock in dates across NSW.