Legal NFP Set to Deliver ‘Queensland First’
17 April 2014 at 10:33 am
A legal Not for Profit specialising in older people’s welfare will deliver a Queensland Government program providing free legal advice for residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks in what the Government claims is a first for the State.
The Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL) program will provide free legal advice on rights and responsibilities under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 and the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003. The services will be provided by Not for Profit Caxton Legal Centre.
“Caxton Legal Centre is well placed to deliver this service – they are a Queensland-based Not for Profit which specialises in legal matters relating to older people’s welfare,” Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said.
Caxton Legal Centre’s Director Scott McDougall said the PAVIL program aimed to address the large demand for advice and assistance from residents of parks and retirement villages throughout Queensland.
“Prevention is always better than cure, so the service is also available to people who are considering moving into a park or village,” he said.
“Access to the service is primarily by phone, and depending on their location, residents may be able to receive face to face assistance.”
Minister Mander said the new service was part of the Queensland Government’s election promise to revitalise frontline services.
“Recent reviews of both Acts had made it clear that laws around retirement and manufactured home living can be complex and difficult to understand,” Mander said.
“There are already more than 40,000 people living in retirement village units and around 21,000 people living in manufactured homes across Queensland.
“Given many residents are retired and may not be in a strong financial position – the last thing they need is to be involved in expensive, protracted disputes.”
Further information is available from Caxton Legal Centre on (07) 3214 6333 or by clicking here.