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DECEMBER 2021
 


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DEC 5:
New figures show that the 10 new Central Valley campsites opened in August contributed to NT's Litchfield National Park's 168,000 visitors from May to September this year.

 
 

* Trial RV campground closes due to 'inappropriate' behaviour ... 13,507 people reached.

* Julia Creek caravan park scoops major gong  ... 11,450 people reached.

* Caravan rolls on Queensland's notorious Bruce Highway ... 9866 people reached.

* Victorian Business Awards finalists named ... 7542 people reached.

* SA thieves make off with caravan ... 6788 people reached.

* Free weighing for caravans and tow vehicles at Wagga Wagga ... 6246 people reached.

 



 


Illegal camps  New logo  'Risk to human life unacceptable'

Council warns rural landowners about allowing illegal camping

A VICTORIAN council has warned it will take action against landowners who allow illegal camping on private rural properties. Mansfield Shire Council says some were advertising camping facilities without relevant approvals and appropriate facilities. It is concerned that many of the locations would place campers at severe fire risk. There could also be environmental impacts on waterways and vegetation, with campers often not having access to septic systems and other services. "The risk to human life from natural hazards such as bushfires, floods and storms is unacceptable," Mayor Cr James Tehan said. Read more button


  'Forging a new alliance'

G'Day Group sails into new waters with navy

Grant Wilckens

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AUSTRALIA'S leading group of independent caravan and holiday parks is sailing into new waters to expand its national touring network.

Adelaide-based G’day Group has secured 50-year leases with Navy Canteens, which provides a range of welfare and lifestyle benefits for the Australian Navy's 16,000 personnel.

They will be welcomed with special deals at WA's Amblin Holiday Park in Busselton and the BIG4 Bungalow park at Ulladulla in NSW.

The G'day Group will offer free G'Day Rewards memberships and other benefits to the naval personnel.

G’day Group chief executive Grant Wilckens, pictured, said the move would boost the group’s presence in tightly held coastal markets and also forged a new alliance between Navy Canteens and G'day Rewards.

"This deal will expand our presence in these stunning tourism destinations and we have plans to invest in the signature experiences and customer service Discovery Parks is famous for," he said.

“These parks are already favourite holiday destinations for families travelling within their own state but we believe they'll be even more popular."

Mr Wilckens thought they would eventually attract interstate and international visitors after investment in new facilities including a waterpark for Ulladulla and the opening of borders after the COVID pandemic.

Along with other measures and discounts, the deal will maintain the existing discount regime provided to naval and armed forces personnel.

"We are really excited about the potential to provide fantastic Aussie holidays and loyalty rewards for service personnel who make such an important contribution to our country," Mr Wilckens said.

"The driving factor in winning this tender was that G'day Rewards could provide properties close to all naval bases so that the wider group of navy personnel can benefit from cheaper accommodation at any of our Discovery or G'day Parks."

Navy Canteens operates holiday centres across Australia with discounts of up to 30 percent for Navy personnel.


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  'Heated demands to dealers'

Caravan Council of Australia calls for RV code of practice

THE Caravan Council of Australia has stressed the importance for RV manufacturers to be ruled by an official quality standard or code of practice. Founder and general manager Colin Young said there had been "thousands of calls, emails, and letters" from upset caravanners who had unacceptable problems with their new RVs. "Despite often frequent requests and heated demands to their dealers, they had unwarranted hassles in getting the defects rectified," he claimed. Mr Young said a high percentage of complaints involved non-compliancy with legal requirements, some of them being "downright dangerous". Read more button


Ingenia   Over 100 communities and developments

Ingenia Communities complete $441 million of acquisitions

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INGENIA Communities today announced expansion of the group’s lifestyle and holiday park businesses with the completion of $441 million of acquisitions. These comprised a mix of established communities and development sites and were included in the $552 million of acquisitions identified with the group's $475 million equity raising announced on November 1, 2021. Chief executive Simon Owen was "pleased" to see such rapid deployment of the equity raised, with the majority of transactions now complete. "Despite a marked increase in competition for quality communities and development sites, these acquisitions demonstrate our ability to grow the portfolio, as we benefit from a pipeline and relationships that have taken many years to establish," he said. "We now have over one hundred communities and developments, with enhanced exposure to our key markets."


Stuart Lamont   'Looking forward to new debate ahead'

New CIAA board is a real changing
of the guard, says chief executive

AUSTRALIA'S peak body for the caravanning industry has welcomed new national board members for a two-year term. Following an election by the state caravanning associations, the composition of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia board has been updated. Kate Meldrum, Martin Cotterell and Grant Wilckens were re-elected with three new members ‒ Nikki Milne, Chris Woods and Margaret Shannon ‒ joining them. Current board members Donna Cocking, Brad Slater and Gerard Waldron were not subject to re-election and will continue to serve for another year ahead of a ballot next November. Chief executive Stuart Lamont (pictured) described it as a real changing of the guard. "We acknowledge the tremendous contribution of the retiring board members and look forward to new debate ahead," he said.  Read more button


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Inskip Point  Staged closures to restrict spread

Warning to campers as battle continues against Inskip gastro

CARAVANNERS and other campers planning to head to Queensland's Inskip Point for the festive season have been warned of restricted sites. The news comes as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) continues to battle an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the popular camping area east of Gympie. The number of holiday revellers will be capped to existing bookings only up until December 24 in some camping areas. "Queensland Health has provided expert advice on this issue and recommended QPWS reduce camper numbers and temporarily close camping areas in a staged approach, to limit the spread of the illness," QPWS said. Read more button


Fraser Coast caravan park  'This is the community's chance'

Comments are called for on redeveloping caravan parks

QUEENSLAND'S Fraser Coast Regional Council has appealed for comments on master plans to redevelop caravan parks at Pialba and Torquay. "This is the community's chance to tell us what features and facilities they would like to see in refurbished council-owned caravan parks," caravan enthusiast Cr Jade Wellings said. It is anticipated that feedback on the concept plans will be presented to the council next year. The council owns four beachfront tourist caravan parks and is preparing master plans to guide their future development. It has allocated $22 million to the redevelopment over five years, with work already well underway at the Scarness park. Read More button


Suburban heaterMore than 8000 could be at risk

Concern over RVs with potentially
deadly heaters prompts appeal

AUSTRALIA'S consumer watchdog has again issued an appeal to caravanners who could have a potentially lethal water heater in their recreational vehicle. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) urges them to check for dangerous Suburban-branded dual fuel gas/electric heaters before setting off on post COVID-lockdown holidays. It is concerned that more than 50 percent of the units could emit deadly odourless carbon monoxide if used in gas mode. There are still over 8300 consumers who have not registered their water heaters for a free inspection. Read more button


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Mother Nature provides Allan with dose of déjà vu

AFTER several years of blissfully touring this great country of ours in dry weather with just the occasional wet spell, I have suddenly been reminded of what Mother Nature can really throw at us when she gets cranky.

The latest La Nina has seen downpours similar to those we experienced in 2011 and 2013 while making our way north on the Bruce Highway in Queensland.

The heavens opened for day after day, creating inland lakes and trapping my wife and I on the highway.

Our caravan had never leaked, but it couldn't cope with being pummelled by the torrential rains.

Well, would you believe it ... here we are a decade later in the same area and experiencing similar conditions.

The 'Sunshine State' is providing an unwelcome dose of déjà vu!

Allan Brand.


Checks important

A STORY in your last edition said the Caravan Council of Australia had urged caravan safety safety checks after the pandemic

People should do this yearly anyway. It's   very important and a safety first must.

Bobby M.