means nothing to the public ... nothing at all'
Motorhome converters reassure customers
By Dennis Amor
Conversion Company has reassured customers they have nothing to fear after
its finance arm was forced into liquidation. "It means nothing to the
public ... nothing at all," managing director and owner John Jeffreys told
Caravanning News. "Nobody is losing any money." The reassurance
came after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission announced
that liquidators had been appointed for Motorhomesoz following court
proceedings brought by Scottish Pacific Trade Limited, a company
incorporated in Hong Kong. Mr Jeffreys said the action followed a
disagreement with SPT. "We had an arrangement which fell through.
The Motorhome Conversion Company is the prime
company while Motorhomesoz was a business within our business," he
said. Founded by Mr Jeffreys in 2005, the
Queensland-based Motorhome Conversion Company is now
a well-renowned nationwide "fit-out" company which converts buses and vans
into customised motorhomes and campervans. While some RV manufacturers
report a slowing down in sales, Mr Jeffreys reported
that his business was "doing ok". "We are not breaking any records
but we are having to work a lot harder and do more more shows," he
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'Our caravan was rocking quite badly'
GREY NOMADS CAUGHT UP IN
have told how their caravans shook violently as
a massive earthquake struck Darwin.
"It started with a gentle tremor then kicked off," Gail Wilmer wrote on
"Our caravan was rocking quite badly. We were sitting outside having a
cuppa and listening to all the panic around us."
Buildings in Darwin were evacuated as the powerful 7.5 magnitude
earthquake, centred off the coast of Indonesia in the Banda Sea , struck
at around noon.
There were no reports of major damage or injuries.
Inland caravan parks reported being "rattled" by the force of the
Hidden Valley Holiday Park manager Dani Walter told Caravanning News:
"We are about 10km from the city but the whole park shook.
"Quite a few people were frightened and ran from their caravans."
The Bureau of Meteorology reported that there was no tsunami threat to the
Caravanner Barry Nicolas said the 'quake lasted for several minutes.
"One or two small items fell to the floor of our Jayco but there was no
major damage," the Victorian traveller said.
nomad Deb Westbury was at a Telstra shop in the city centre when the
asked if I felt things moving, sure did," she said. "Bit scary though,
being in a shopping centre and car underground.
"We are safe and sound back at the caravan park having a cuppa."
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for popular Kimba stopover
A POPULAR stopover camping area at Kimba in SA ‒
billed as being 'half way across Australia' ‒ is
undergoing a facelift. Upgraded facilities at
Kimba Recreation Reserve will be a boon for travellers and encourage even
more grey nomads and other travellers to overnight there. The National
Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefits Programme has
contributed $174,739 to improve amenities. Red O’Donohue (pictured) is one
of Kimba's most vocal supporters and if he's not tidying up the camping
area he'll be found driving the school bus or spruiking the benefits of
the town to anyone within earshot. He reported that there had been a huge
increase in the number of travellers staying at the reserve. "Since the
start of March we're looking at 30-plus caravans a night," he said. "It’s
unreal ... and when the new facilities are finished there will be more."
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Age off-roader and LandCruiser stolen
CARAVAN THIEVES STRIKE IN
made off with a LandCruiser and brand new caravan from outside a home at
Malmsbury in Victoria. The owner was planning to use the two-week-old
18ft off-road New Age Wallaby caravan for a road trip in three weeks. The
caravan (registration number Z36709) and 2010 Toyota
4WD (registration number RET1ED) were stolen from outside his home in Sullivan
Street at the weekend, sometime between midnight and 9am Sunday morning.
The LandCruiser ute has a distinctive three inch exhaust and a large steel
canopy made by Flood Engineering in Bendigo. Anyone with information is
urged to contact police.
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Police appeal for help
LEAVE TRAVELLERS STRANDED
two grey nomads marooned after making off with their camper trailer from a
Queensland rest area. Police have now appealed to the public to be on
the lookout for the RV which was stolen from Gordonvale on June 19. The
white Easy Trail Parkes 15 trailer had been parked on the side of the
Bruce Highway just north of the small sugar town of Gordonvale. Police
said the RV was locked and secured in an area with other camper trailers
while the owners went sightseeing at around 12pm. When they returned
nearly seven hours later it was missing. The pop-up style camper,
contained a large amount of personal items belonging to the interstate
owners. Anyone with information is asked to contact police, quoting the
reference number QP1901187108.
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and scales allegedly found'
Man charged over drugs in caravan
A MAN has been
charged after drugs were found in a caravan on Queensland's Bruce Highway.
Officers from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch allegedly
uncovered three clip seal bags containing cannabis and cannabis seeds. A
pipe (utensil) and electric scales were said to have been also found
during the search at Gregory River. A 33-year-old man was arrested and
charged with unlawfully possessing a dangerous drug (quantity exceeded
that specified in schedule 3) and drug utensils which had been used. He
will appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on July 8.
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am sure it must be very
Cops contact caravan parks in bid
to unlock Innifail's latest mystery
quizzed local caravan park operators at Innisfail in Queensland in a bid
to unlock their latest mystery. Local cops went on the hunt after a
key was found outside a bank on Rankin Street yesterday afternoon and was
handed in at the police station. It was attached to a tag bearing the word
'caravan' and the number 1. "It appears the key
does not belong to any of the local caravan parks," Senior Constable Jane
Moran said. "I am sure it must be very missed."
The key can be collected, with proof of ownership, from the Innisfail
Police property section between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday, quoting
reference number QP1901213566.
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'Towing too much weight'
Caravanner charged after death crash
By Dennis Amor
A CARAVANNER has been charged with causing the death of
two people in an horrific NSW crash. The 58-year-old traveller will face eight charges, including trying to
pervert the course of justice, when he appears at Tamworth Local Court on
Emergency services were met with "absolute carnage" on the Oxley Highway
near Yarrowitch in January this year after a 4WD Toyota Prado and caravan
Reports said the rig was travelling east when it hit an Armco railing
before careering into a tree.
The front seat passenger, a 72-year-old woman, and rear seat passenger, a
38-year-old man, died at the scene.
The driver and a 38-year-old female backseat passenger who had to be freed
from the wreckage, were flown to Tamworth Base Hospital by two Westpac
Two dogs and a cat were also in the 4WD. One dog died but the cat fled the
Following investigations by police from Northern Tableland Crash
Investigation Unit, the driver was charged with doing an act intending to
pervert the course of justice, two charges of dangerous driving
occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, dangerous driving
occasioning grievous bodily harm and negligent driving occasioning
grievous bodily harm.
He has also been charged with towing with an inadequate attachment and
towing too much weight.
His licence has been suspended and he has been granted conditional bail.
approves plans for Ningaloo park
PLANS to transform Ningaloo Lighthouse
Caravan Park at Exmouth in WA into a luxury eco-resort have received the
backing of the local shire council. It has approved a revised Local
Development Plan but insisted on studies to address occupancy and
environmental concerns. Mining magnate Andrew Forrest's Minderoo
Foundation originally bought the land in 2017. In a report to the council,
Shire president Matthew Niikkula said the foundation was fast becoming a
major supporter of Exmouth and the Ningaloo Region, aligning itself with
many parts of the council's Strategic Community Plan. "This is a very
exciting, once in a generation opportunity for Exmouth," he said. "Twice
before in my lifetime we have had proponents apply to create something
special on the same property, only to fall over at vital stages of
investigation and finance. We are truly fortunate to now have an applicant
that is all about preserving and promoting our unique natural environment
by building a resort that enhances and encourages World Heritage values
and is obviously not subject to finance." It is expected that Minderoo
will now lodge a development application with the council within a few
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$3500 damage at
Arson attack at Busselton park
hunting firebugs who set fire to the amenities block at Busselton Holiday
Village in WA. The blaze caused an estimated $3500 damage. Police said
unknown persons entered the block in the centre of the park sometime
between 7.30pm and 8.15pm on June 10 and started three separate fires.
Park staff joined Fire and Emergency Services firefighters in putting out
the flames. Police have appealed to anyone with information to
contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at
Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information leading to the
apprehension and subsequent conviction of an arsonist.
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'Stepping stone' to other caravan parks
Family Parks eyes up China's 'red ants'
which operates a chain of 100 holiday parks throughout
Australia and New Zealand, has set its sights on China. "I am proud to
announce that the Family Parks flag has been raised across holiday parks
in China for the first time," chief executive Karl Heyman said. "Our
mutual partnership with Sunshine Glamping Parks now sees our brand proudly
on display across multiple holiday parks, initially targeting both Beijing
and the south coast." Beijing is regarded as one of the main tourist gates
for the Great Wall of China, regarded as one of the new seven wonders of
the world. Caravanning is increasing in popularity in
the People's Republic, with more and more "red ants" taking to the road or
holidaying in static caravans. "Our assessment is that this
partnership will be a stepping stone to many other holiday parks in China
carrying the Family Parks brand in a short space of time," Mr Heyman said.
"Without doubt this is a significant announcement given the
ever-increasing interaction our industry has in China in both tourism and
manufacturing. We are proud to lead the way in
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addresses media at the launch
Official launch of Truck Friendly
brings 'peace of mind'
says Bundy mayor
Photos-story by Dennis Amor
ambitious nationwide program to improve
relationships between caravanners and truckies has been officially launched in
Queensland. Bundaberg mayor Jack Dempsey congratulated
Friendly founder Ken Wilson, saying road safety was everyone's
responsibility and the initiative would help all
drivers gain "peace of mind" while on the road. Speaking at the CMCA RV
Park in the Rum City, he said the number of caravans and RVs on our roads
was increasing. "I want to say to everybody to get on board. If we can
save just one life on the road that would be a magnificent thing." Avid
caravanner Mr Wilson's program is based on a website, brochures and
specially designed distinctive green stickers for RVs and trucks. It aims to make RV travellers better understand how to work with truck drivers. He said
feedback on the program had been "phenomenal". "We are getting great
support with some comments asking why the government is not doing more,"
he added. Mr Wilson praised Bundaberg Regional Council for spearheading
the program. Also on board were tourist information centres at Kingaroy,
Gin Gin, Childers and Charleviille where program stickers were
available, he said.
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backs Ken's Truck Friendly crusade
Story with photographs taken at launch
Focus on 'mature travellers'
kid's stuff at this park
THE owners of
an award-winning NSW caravan park make no apology for preferring older
guests. "From the outset we saw the potential to build the park into a
peaceful and quiet one focused on mature travellers and grey nomads,"
Barry O'Connor explained to Caravanning News. And true to his word, he and
wife Di do not offer a pool, jumping pillow, play equipment or rental
bikes at their Tenterfield Lodge and Caravan Park, a member of the Kui
Parks chain. Bikes, scooters, skateboards and ball games are also banned
from the pet-friendly holiday destination, which has just received its
TripAdvisor Excellence Award for the fourth year running.
Council to manage Tumbarumba park
SNOWY Valleys Council will soon manage
the Tumbarumba Creek Caravan Park on the south-west slopes of Australia's
famous Snowy Mountains. It will pick up the
reins of the small, pet-friendly and family-operated park in New South
Wales when the current lease agreement ends at the end of June. Director
of Assets and Infrastructure Matthew Christensen said that while
privately-owned cabins and assets were being removed or sold by the
vacating lessees, the park itself was not closing. "Council is in the
process of appointing an experienced temporary manager to run the
Tumbarumba Creek Caravan Park while further improvement works are
completed and we consider long term arrangements for the facility," he
Bus gives 14 years
of endless memories
Gauntlet adventure hits the
skids for remarkable family
By Dennis Amor
family of 14 has had to resort to living in a tent while their home ‒ a converted
1984 Austral Tourmaster bus ‒ undergoes major repairs. Peter Cairns,
partner Allison and their 12 children have been on the road for 14 years,
claiming to be Australia's largest and longest travelling adventure
family. Eight of the youngsters were born on the road in different
locations. But their astonishing sojourn in The Gauntlet ground to
a halt after being bogged in the Townsville floods which left almost 1000
people homeless earlier this year. The bus ended up completely swamped in
the floodwaters and is now undergoing repairs costing thousands of
dollars. "The Gauntlet is not just a bus ... it's a family member,"
Peter told Caravannng News. "This old bus has given us 14 years of
endless memories and has taken us to places we could only dream about. It
is the only home that eight out of our 12 children know. It will be in our
family for a very long time and it will give us more memories into the
Boss thanks people for their support
Jurgens well on way to
as it ramps up to full production
Australia is well on the road to recovery, according to
director Paul Kyriacou. "The Australian factory is ramping up to full
capacity," he said. "This is on the back of
a recapitalisation program and new management on the ground at our South
African factory which is delivering great efficiencies."
Mr Kyriacou said the South African factory was
producing finished caravans for the local market there and key components
for Australia. Jurgens hit troubled times this
year when about 50 staff were forced to return home after finding the
gates of the Pakenham factory padlocked. AL-KO International had also
moved to have caravan builder wound up but later dropped the action. Mr
Kyriacou said his company was focused on its goal to produce lightweight
caravans of the highest build quality. "With this positive news we look
forward to reasserting ourselves as market leader in South Africa,
continuing our great work in Australia and developing markets in Europe,"
he said. "We thank those who have supported us and continue to do so on
our road to recovery."
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tops in customer satisfaction research
JAYCO leads the field when it comes to overall
customer satisfaction, according to a new
study. More than 600
Australians took part in Canstar Blue's 2019 review of caravans and
motorhomes which compared overall satisfaction and value for money. While
Jayco dominated the ratings with multiple five-star results, it shared the
top spot with Coromal for value for money. However, Coromal had to settle
for four stars overall with Avan behind on three stars. Other key findings
in the survey suggested that 22 percent of owners live permanently
in their caravan or motorhome, 46 percent believed there should be special
licences for operating a caravan or motorhome, 22 percent have been
involved in an accident while towing a caravan and a whopping 89 percent
would recommend caravanning to their friends. The research involved 542
Australian adults and took into account value for money, interior,
features and amenities, ease of towing/driving, cost of running and
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connects locals and travellers
CARAVAN manufacturers and accessory
suppliers are looking to capitalise on Queensland's love affair with the
great outdoors. The six-day Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring
Supershow opened in Brisbane on June 5 and
more than 250 exhibitors and 1000 RVs are on display. Many
models, accessories and technology to coincide with the state's peak
caravanning season. “With tens of thousands of caravanners and campers
from the southern states visiting Queensland between May-August, the
supershow perfectly connects local and travelling 'carafans'," Caravanning
Queensland general manager Jason Plant said.
over speed limit outside WA park
THE owner of a caravan park on WA's South
Western Highway at Picton is battling to make access safer for residents
and guests. Waterloo Village Caravan Park's Greg Homer has already
raised the issue with the State's Road Safety Minister,
Michelle Roberts, and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray. He wants the 100kph
speed limit reduced to 80kph. "When holidaymakers are navigating the
access to the park it can be intimidating to see semi-trailers steaming
towards you at 100kph, then overtaking on the verge," he told
Ms Roberts told us
she would raise the
concerns with police and the Road Safety Commission to
see what could be done on that section of road,
delve into caravan consumer laws
AUSTRALIAN National University researchers are putting caravans and
consumer laws under the microscope. They are
also delving into the controversial subject of inexperienced caravanners
hitting the road without training. The study is being conducted by College
of Law Associate Professor Dr Michael Eburn and postgraduate law student
Phoebe Butcher. It will look at whether Australian vehicle standards are
ineffective in ensuring that only caravans fit for the purpose are used on
Australian roads. The researchers want to hear from caravanners who have
had experience in obtaining remedies from manufacturers for defects in
their RVs. "We are interested in finding out about your experience with
defects that render the vehicle unsafe to tow," they said. The results of
which caravanners can complete and return to the researchers, will form the basis of recommendations to the Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission and the Federal Government for changes
to the ACL. For more information
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dishes out top awards
THE Caravanning Industry Association of Australia has recognised
individuals and businesses for their contributions to the caravanning and
camping industry. The presentation of awards was
one of the highlights of the industry's national conference on the Gold
Coast. Delegates from all over the country flocked to The Star Casino and
Hotel for the event which comprised a packed programme of activities and
the opportunity to network with industry colleagues.
alert for pet-loving grey nomads
CARAVANNERS travelling with pets through Mount Isa in Queensland have been
warned by the local council that wild dog and dingo baits will be laid
from June 3 to 19. They are advised to closely
supervise their animals to prevent the accidental consumption of poison
baits. "We are aware that many southern grey nomads with their dogs and
other pets pass through the area on their annual migration to enjoy
Queensland's winter sunshine. They should keep a close eye on them all the
time to prevent any heartache," a spokesperson told Caravanning News.
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park's future in jeopardy
THE future of the caravan park in a small South
Australian seaside town is in jeopardy. This
follows Wattle Range Council's consideration of a consultant's report on
the Southend park, which is on Crown Land and under its care. The private
operator's lease will expire in August next year. Meanwhile, there are
fears the park could be at considerable risk from coastal erosion.
for CMCA Bundaberg RV Park
BUNDABERG Chamber of Commerce has awarded its Tourism New Business of the
Year gong to the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia's RV Park in
the Rum City. With over 70,000 members
throughout Australia, the CMCA claims to be the largest RV club in the
southern hemisphere. The Bundaberg RV Park provides low-cost, no-frills
accommodation for members and can accommodate up to 50 RVs. It is located
off Burrum Street on former showground land. The park was officially
opened last June, with city mayor Jack Dempsey saying would be "another
economic driver" for the region.
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urged to name their own price
CARAVANNERS arriving at a holiday park in New South Wales are being asked
to name their own price. Ballina Beach Village
is offering them the option to choose not just their site or what
facilities they use, but also how much they want to pay. "Caravanners are
a discerning market," general manager Margaret Shannon said. "The variety
of caravans, setups, lifestyles and travelling groups is now being taken
into account." It is the second winter in a row that the pet-friendly
beachside park has operated the Caravanners Choice promotion.
wanted in park legislation review
VICTORIANS are being asked to help shape the future of the State's caravan
park regulations. The State Government has launched consultations to
ensure the industry operates effectively into the future. Minister for
Planning Richard Wynne said it was time the legislation was reviewed to
ensure safety and high standards. "Caravan parks are in some of Victoria’s
most spectacular places and we want to make sure people continue to enjoy
staying in them and strike the right balance between safety, accessibility
and cost." he explained.
lease for Crystal Brook
CRYSTAL Brook Caravan Park on SA's Gawler Highway has been handed a new
five-year lease together with a $30,000 funding commitment. Port Pirie
Regional Council made the decision after a presentation to councillors by
park committee chairman Geoff Smith. The Crystal Brook Community
Association has a 10-year lease which it manages via a sub
committee. The council said it had provided an outstanding effort,
including significant volunteer input, to take the park from its "less
than optimal condition 10 years ago to a park that is now attracting many
visitors to the region". "Financial projections indicate it is becoming
financially sustainable," it added.
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prepared for outback travel, urge police
CARAVANNERS and other travellers have been urged to take precautions when
heading for SA's remote far north. Police said
that with water flowing into Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) many travellers were
taking to iconic outback roads such as the Oodnadatta and Birdsville
tracks to experience the desert's beauty. "Travellers, however, should
remember that these roads can at times be hard on tyres and vehicles and
breakdowns can and do happen," they warned. When planning trips they
should check whether mobile phone coverage is available in the areas to be
visited and let family and friends know where they were travelling. They
should have a breakdown plan and carry sufficient drinking water for
everybody in the vehicle, pets included. And finally, stay with your rig
... you will be found.
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partnership for RV industry
AUSTRALIA'S peak body for the caravanning and camping industry is now
official bedfellows with the Australian Made Campaign.
The Caravan Industry
Association of Australia's new partnership will support and promote Aussie
manufacturers which contribute to the nation's RV industry.
"The Australian caravan manufacturing industry is steeped in
history and continues to prosper despite strong international competition
when other automotive manufacturing in Australia is falling away," CIAA
chief executive Stuart Lamont said. Australian Made
Campaign chief executive Ben Lazzaro said caravanning and camping were
quintessential Australian pastimes underpinned by an extensive network of
businesses, including some of Australia's most impressive manufacturers.
parking for RVs at Broken Hill
WORK on a new area which will include parking facilities for caravans and
motorhomes in NSW's heritage city of Broken Hill is almost complete.
The $300,000 Kintore Reserve project will also include a dump point for
RVs and will boost parking in the CBD district and better cater for
tourists. Located opposite the Broken Hill Tourist Information Centre, it
will accommodate seven large recreational and 32 regular vehicles. Council
chief operations officer Anthony Misagh said the area would make the city
more RV friendly and also help boost tourism in the CBD.
Nova dealer thrilled with award
ADELAIDE RV in South Australia is
celebrating after being named Nova Caravans's Medium Dealer of the Year.
The dealership's Jeb Grouse was
thrilled to receive the accolade, commenting: "It's fantastic." The
business has been operating at Parafield Gardens for about three years and
is a member of the Caravan and Camping Industries Association of South
Australia. "It's always nice to pick up these awards along the way," Mr
Grouse said. "We are always happy to help travellers live their dream."
Photo: Mr Grouse (right) receives the trophy from Nova's John Sills.
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award for GC park
BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park in Queensland has been honoured for its
improvements. The pet-friendly
park, which already boasts a swag of trophies and a place in TripAdvisor's
Hall of Fame, received the newly introduced Refurbishment Award at the
recent Caravan Parks Association of Queensland's Awards ceremony. Director
Theo Whitmont said his park was "proud" of achieving the award.
aim to improve road sharing
AWARD-winning transport industry and road
safety campaigner Rod Hannifey has released new videos designed to improve
relationships between grey nomads, truckies and other road users. The
nine Truckies Top Tips videos were launched at the recent Stone the Crows
Festival in NSW where they attracted a myriad of comments and
questions from festival fans at Wagga Wagga. They covered the usual discussion points
of trucks and caravans sharing the road ... plus the thorny issue of rest
areas. "It was a good crowd and very interactive," Mr Hannifey said. The
videos were funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator through the
National Heavy Vehicle Road Safety Initiative and are available online for
pub on the market
AN Australian icon well loved by grey nomads
is on the market. The original Ettamogah Pub at Table Top in the NSW
town of Albury is expected to fetch more than $3 million. Styled after the
late cartoonist Ken Maynard’s fictional pub of the same name, the tourist
attraction just off the Hume Highway is a popular stopping off point for
caravanners and other RVers who take advantage of its free parking, access
to showers, cold beer and tasty pub food. Owner Leigh O'Brien said he had
been busy with other overseas projects and believed it was time for a new
operator to inject "new blood"
into the icon. The property is being sold by expressions of interest which
close on June 7.
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adds four more parks to stable
NRMA Parks and Resorts has added four more
caravan parks on NSW's Central Coast to its chain. Its stable of owned
and managed parks has risen to 48, strengthening its claim to be one of
Australia's largest tourism providers, with a
portfolio valued at over $800 million. The new parks to be managed for
Central Coast Council are Budgewoi, Canton Beach, Norah Head and Toowoon
Bay holiday parks.
powers ahead with new technology
AUSTRALIAN technology startup company OzXCorp is developing the world's
first hybrid drive technology which would enable caravans to "push" their
tow vehicles up gradients. Co-founder Andrew
Huett (pictured) admitted that adapting the technology for caravans was a
"unique challenge" because they were autonomous vehicles. "But we have
been able to deliver a hybrid drive system that is affordable, practical
and transposes to your domestic requirements once you reach your
destination," he explained. His company's patented system uses 16kW/508Nm
hub motors on each of the caravan's wheels. The motors are powered by an
onboard battery charged with energy normally lost in braking. Solar panels
are also utilised. OzXcorp said testing was ongoing and it was hoped to
form partnerships with existing RV manufacturers and market the system
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upset over planned camping
LOCAL residents at Wagga Wagga in NSW are reportedly upset over moves to
provide a primitive camping ground for grey nomads.
Some members of the community are worried it could create a nuisance. The
local council is considering setting up the facility which would see
travellers overnighting on Crown land off Nelson Drive and Plumpton Road.
A council report said the site would provide a "unique opportunity" for a
second stopover point within the city. "It would provide further
accommodation for the ever increasing industry of grey nomad tourism as
well as those travelling to the city of Wagga Wagga for specific cultural
or sporting events," it pointed out. Wagga Boat Club had supported the
concept and would provide access to their toilet facilities. The report
rreminded councillors that grants were available through government
tourism initiatives as well as from the Campervan and Motor Home Club of
Australia for installing dump points.
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resort named top park
MANDALAY Holiday Resort & Tourist Park at Busselton in WA is celebrating
after scooping a top award. It received
the 2019 Reviewpro Peoples Choice Best Caravan Park Award in Australia at
the recent Caravan Industry Association of Australia national conference.
"We are so excited," the park ‒ established in
1964 ‒ said on its Facebook page. "Thank
you to our incredible team who work so hard to make everyone's holiday
experience the very best we can and to all of our wonderful guests who
leave amazing reviews."
on leaving 'vans outside homes
have warned owners about the risk of leaving a caravan or boat outside
their home. Senior Constable Ben Harm said
that while being a convenient and easy place to park it also
easier for thieves. Police volunteers have been patrolling Brisbane's
western suburb of Jindalee looking for unsecured trailers and in one
morning alone found over 28 parked on roadways.
"We left a note for the owners," Senior Constable
Harm said. "People should store trailers, boats and caravans off the
roadway and in a garage or yard. Don't be
complacent ... a boat or caravan is probably
going to be one of the most expensive items you own so make sure you
protect it by securing and storing it properly."
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spends millions on parks
KIAMA Council in NSW will invest more than $4 million upgrading its Surf
Beach Holiday Park on the South Coast this winter.
And as part of its long-term improvement strategy for
council-owned holiday parks, another $6 million will be spent on
redesigning Werri Beach Holiday Park starting in 2020. "The changes at
Surf Beach Holiday Park, as with those planned at Werri Beach, will allow
council's parks to adjust to changes in the tourism market, thereby
ensuring their long-term future," the council said. "The new design is
intended to attract more grey nomads, handle the demand from an increasing
number of sporting and cultural events and the general growth of tourism
on the NSW South Coast."
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