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Owners forced to 'jump through hoops'
Bundy's Turtle Sands holiday park takes development plans to court
THE owners of Turtle Sands Camping and Holiday Park at Bundaberg in Queensland have appealed to the Planning and Environment Court in a bid to get a development application approved. David and Jenny Baker have owned their park adjoining the redeveloped world famous Mon Repos turtle rookery for more than 20 years. But they said they are being forced to "jump through hoops" to have their own development plans ‒ submitted nearly a year ago ‒ approved. Their upgraded park would include caravan sites, glamping facilities, resort-style pool, playground, larger cabins and dormitory-style accommodation. Bundaberg Regional Council has referred their application to the state government because of alleged wetland protection problems. Have your say
'Compliancy rather than style and layout'
Caravan reviews fall under a cloud as value questioned
Caravan Council of Australia has questioned the value of new caravan
reviews in the media.
place no credence in the selection of the caravan to be appraised,
believing that it is not just a random selection but rather a hand-picked
Dust off tents and hook up caravans
way to take up camping
QUEENSLANDERS will be able to dust off their tents or hook up the caravan or camper trailer as camping grounds beside state-owned dams re-open. Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said re-opening camping grounds beside dams was part of the Stage 2 COVID-19 roadmap to easing restrictions. "Queenslanders can now travel to and camp at a range of state-owned dams, lakes and weirs such as far north Queensland's Tinaroo Dam or Lake Moogerah in the south-east," Dr Lynham said.
'We have not forgotten about you'
Distributor of suspect gas water heaters
CARAVANNERS who had potentially lethal gas water heaters fitted to their RVs will have to wait a little longer for a solution. Coast to Coast RV issued a nationwide recall of the popular heaters last November after fears they could produce deadly levels of carbon monoxide. And in a new message to owners, distributors Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure has asked them to continue being patient. "We would like to reassure all customers and registered consumers that we have not forgotten about you and are still working to deliver you a result as soon as possible," it said. Models affected are SW6PA, SW6DA, SW6DEA, SW4DEA, SW4DECA and SW6DECA. Have your say
'Get going to the outback'
Premier urges caravanners to hitch up and 'rediscover' Queensland
QUEENSLAND caravanners are no able to hit the road for unlimited travel including overnight stays throughout the entire state. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the easing of intrastate travel restrictions would "open Queensland for Queenslanders" and come well in time for the next school holidays. "From the Gold Coast to Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to Gympie to Maryborough to Bundaberg, from Longreach to Mt Isa, to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, Queenslanders will now be able to rediscover their state, travelling for as many nights as they like," she said, urging travellers to hitch up their campers or trailers. "Get going to the outback. Now is your opportunity and actually stay overnight." The Premier stressed the easing of restrictions did not apply to biosecurity or restricted zones for indigenous communities, which will remain in place subject to a review in consultation with community members. Meanwhile, NSW's camping grounds and caravan parks have reopened.
'Dramatic increase' in bookings
Aspen holiday parks
to reopen in
INGENIA Communities Group will soon be reopening its holiday parks. In a message to shareholders, the ASX-listed company said announcements by the NSW and Queensland governments that parks would be able to reopen on June 1 and June 12 respectively were "positive" for its parks, which had been closed to holidaymakers because of the coronavirus crisis. "The group's holiday parks will now be open for the upcoming school holidays, with NSW parks also open for the June long weekend," Aspen said. "While the closure of the Queensland border is impacting on the group's Queensland parks, there has been a meaningful increase in forward booking and enquiries following these announcements." Chief executive Simon Owen said he was pleased to see restrictions being eased. "We had anticipated increased demand for affordable domestic travel and our team has been busy preparing our parks to reopen. We are seeing dramatic increase in website traffic, phone inquiries and online bookings in response to recent announcements." Have your say
Scam claim after man loses $18,000
Peak caravanning body warns buyers to beware of company
WOULD-BE caravan owners have been warned about a possible scam which has already cost one man $18,000. It comes after the buyer said he lost the money while attempting to buy a caravan online. The Caravan Industry Association of Australia said it had been made aware of a WA business called Seven Stars Caravans which is offering second-hand caravans and RVs for sale on the internet at temptingly low prices. "We believe that Seven Stars Caravans is a scam and we have reported this business to the ACCC," it said.
Social distancing must be used
Parks' communal amenities blocks
COMMUNAL toilets at Victoria's caravan parks will be allowed to open from today, says VicParks. But the Department of Health and Human Services has advised that floor markings must be used to promote the 1.5-metre social distancing requirements. It said all toilets must be in working condition with soap provided and increased cleaning. VicParks has also confirmed that the DHHS has approved the use of playgrounds and swimming pools up to a maximum of 20 people each at any one time. "These facilities must be managed closely, including ensuring 1.5-metre and 4m2 social distancing measures are enforced in, on and around the pool and playground, and the personal hygiene and surface cleaning requirements are being met," it added. "Showers and change rooms at the pool site, however, must remain closed with guests to shower before arriving on the pool deck." Have your say
Funding essential, say mayor
Council welcomes government's $2 million for Tawonga park upgrade
VICTORIA'S Alpine Shire Council has welcomed news that the State Government will fund a $2.1 million upgrade at Tawonga Caravan Park. Located on the banks of the Kiewa River at the foot of Mt Bogong 300km north east of Melbourne, the 125-site park closed last month. Mayor Peter Roper said the funding was essential to reopen the park and would provide a valuable boost to the local economy. "This is fantastic news," he said.