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'Birthdays taken away too soon'
Caravan forum members pay tribute to founder Groovy
MEMBERS of the on-line Caravaners Forum have posthumously commemorated the birthday of one of its founding members. Greg Juleff (Groovy) from Wollongong in NSW played a pivotal role in launching one of Australia's major chat forum for caravanners and other RVers in 2002. It now has a membership topping 40,000. Groovy, who died of cancer several years ago, regarded the forum as his first love and contributed a staggering 75,000-plus messages on whole range of topics, sometimes controversial. Tributes were posted on the forum yesterday. "Another birthday you never got to celebrate, Groovy ... birthdays were taken away from you too soon," wrote forum member Motherhen. "Cakes all round and very special thoughts go to a mate of many of us here," said fellow member Lance. He said Groovy had been a very strong supporter of the forum "going back a lot of years". "His efforts and perseverance at Caravaners Forum will long be remembered by the early members here," he added. Have your say
Production lines grind to a halt
VIRUS CLOSES VIC'S CARAVAN FACTORIES
By Dennis Amor
THOUSANDS of workers have been left idle until October after more than 50 caravan manufacturers were ordered to stop production in Victoria in the face of worsening coronavirus conditions.
The peak body for the state's
caravan and camping industry
had held urgent
discussions with the state government to clarify whether factories
could stay open.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia
chief executive Stuart Lamont has predicted that some businesses would not
Crusader Caravans Melbourne said it would close "with a heavy heart".
Old ladies from
HARDLY likely to find these two old ladies of yesteryear in a caravan dealer's glitzy showroom. But they might be a renovator's dream and are being offered for sale by a South Australian council. They are among 10 abandoned vehicles being disposed of by Copper Coast Council. Apparently, the unregistered RVs had been left on a roadway or public place for over 24 hours. Offers for the caravans, one black and the other a Franklin Caravella, will be received until September 1. Have your say
Police seek help
Jayco caravan with Victorian plates stolen in Queensland
A CARAVAN bearing Victorian registration plates has been stolen from a property in a Queensland coastal town. Police are now seeking help from the community to help trace the RV which disappeared from an address in Burrum Heads. The thieves struck in Rosslyn Drive between 5pm on August 5 and 7.30am on August 10 and made off with an 18ft white and green 2016 Jayco Outback Expanda caravan, registration number X73139. Anyone with information is urged to contact police and quote the reference number QP2001674730. Have your say
Planning for more visitors
Peninsular campgrounds benefit from WA's $150m recovery plan
THE WA Government has released a comprehensive WA Recovery Plan which will inject $150 million into the state's tourism industry. Projects include a new $1.64 million 37-site Camping with Custodians campground at Djarindjin on the Dampier Peninsula and upgrades costing $2.2 million at two existing Camping with Custodians camping grounds on the peninsula involving showers, toilets, kitchen, land scaping, picnic areas and additional camping and caravan bays. The work will accommodate the increase in travellers expected to head to the Dampier Peninsula after the Broome-Cape Leveque Road is sealed. Have your say
50m wall of flame in fog
Witnesses sought after fiery crash
INVESTIGATORS appealed for witnesses following a serious traffic crash involving a caravan and several trucks on Queensland's fog-shrouded Bruce Highway. The pile-up happened at Gindoran near Miriam Vale as a Ford Ranger utility towing a caravan was heading north and encountered heavy fog. When the caravanner reduced speed a prime mover towing two semi-trailers collided with the rig and stopped briefly. Then, as the truckie pulled away, a second B-double struck the rear of the truck. A third prime mover towing two semi-trailers, also travelling north, hit the rear of the second truck causing them both to catch fire. As a result, two truck drivers, a 42-year-old man and 54-year-old man, remain in hospital receiving treatment for injuries. The caravanners are not thought to have been injured. Police who arrived at scene said they were confronted with a 50-metre wall of flames and have praised the actions of motorists for providing first aid to those injured. Have your say
'A first-time mum'
Twins born at Queensland caravan park ... no kiddin'
TWINS have been born at a Queensland caravan park, but not without problems! The owners and guests at Malanda Falls Caravan Park in the Cairns highlands had been eagerly awaiting for a baby to arrive. But, park manager Janine told Caravanning News, the proud new mum was not a traveller ... but an Australian miniature goat named Stormy which she had raised since it was two days old. "She was a first-time mum," Janine explained. "On the day, I saw that only one hoof had presented and I could see she was in distress because the baby was stuck. I called a farmer friend and he came over and pulled the kid free, then to our surprise another one shot out. I was always told they didn't have twins on their first time but that theory is a myth!". Janine said the park was home to a range of animals which were "a hit" with all ages. Have your say
Concern for man's welfare
Police plea over missing traveller and his three-legged dog
UPDATE: Police have reported that Mr Platt has been found "safe and well".
QUEENSLAND police have appealed for help in locating a missing 79-year-old man and his three-legged dog. Robert Platt was on a road trip and returning from Cairns to his home in Scarborough, but has not been seen since August 4. It is believed he had stayed at an unknown campground in Herberton and planned on travelling to Ravenshoe. Police said they were concerned for his welfare as the behaviour is out of character and he suffers a medical condition. Mr Platt was travelling in a Jayco Conquest campervan bearing Queensland registration plates 721 VKW. He is described as caucasian, of proportionate build with grey hair and a beard. Have your say
Discounted fees for guests
Scarness park set to partially reopen by next month
SCARNESS Caravan Park on Queensland's Fraser Coast will partially reopen for self-contained caravans and RVs by September. Travellers and guests will be offered discounted fees as part of a Fraser Coast Regional Council's plan to progressively upgrade the site over the next 18 months. Councillor David Lee said the park was partially closed in late March due to COVID-19 restrictions and then was completely shut down in June after testing identified the need to replace underground electrical cabling throughout the entire site.
Woman airlifted to hospital
Rescuers struggle for 2.5hrs to free trapped caravanner
Story-Photos: Dennis Amor
EMERGENCY workers struggled for two-and-a-half hours to free a trapped woman after a caravan rollover on a remote Queensland road. The 73-year-old driver lost control of his Land Rover towing an Arrow dual-axle caravan as it descended a hill on the Gin Gin to Mount Perry Road near Boolboonda Tunnel. The couple was flung forward as the rig smashed into a roadside tree, trapping the woman by her legs. The force of the impact separated the caravan body from its chassis and reduced it to pile of wreckage. The driver was taken by ambulance to Bundaberg Base Hospital while the women, 67, was airlifted to the Sunshine Coast Hospital. Close friend Ray Rodger, who was waiting for the couple to arrive in Mount Perry, told Caravanning News they had been travelling in tandem to Wuruma Dam. "I knew something was wrong when they did not arrive so retraced my steps only to come across the accident scene," he said. "I was totally shocked ... I couldn't believe what had happened." ■ Meanwhile, southbound lanes of the Bruce Hwy near Nambour in Queensland were closed by a caravan rollover this afternoon. No injuries reported.
'We can now focus on economy'
Reopening of Julia Creek's bathhouses a great win for outback tourism: Minister
McKINLAY Shire Council in outback Queensland has re-opened the unique and popular artesian bathhouses at its Julia Creek Caravan Park. It has also unveiled two new 'Boundary Rider' style huts along with new landscaping and a water feature. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the announcement was a great win for the outback tourism industry. "Because Queenslanders have done such a great job fighting COVID-19, we can now start to focus on our economic recovery," she said. "We know that Aussies are itching to get out of the house and escape winter." She said that Outback Queensland was "the perfect place for a holiday".
'Meeting the needs of a wide range of tourists'
Over 250 submissions for Townsville's draft RV and camping strategy
QUEENSLAND'S Townsville City Council has updated its proposed Recreational Vehicle and Camping Strategy after receiving more than 250 submissions on the draft. The strategy was developed to improve visitor numbers, increase the amount of money spent in the region and review community feedback. Acting Mayor Mark Molachino (pictured) said the council welcomed the responses it received during the two-month survey. "RV and camping travel is one of the fastest-growing tourist sectors in Australia, so we need to make sure the region can meet the needs of a wide range of tourists, especially in the peak season from June to August," he said.
100,000 megalitires available
More water could open door to tourism opportunities for Savannah Way parks
CARAVAN and tourist parks on Queensland sectors of the iconic Savannah Way could benefit from an increase in Gulf water. Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham has announced that more than 100,000 megalitres have been made available to help drive jobs and development in farming and tourism in the north western Gulf. Offers and new packages are now available for existing users as well as potential new small, medium or large business ventures along the Gilbert, Norman, Leichhardt and Nicholson rivers, Dr Lynham said. "The water may also create tourism opportunities for caravan and holiday parks on the Queensland portion of the 3700km Savannah Way," he added. Have your say
Retreat owners pour $11,000 into remote town
CARAVANNERS have poured a whopping $11,000 into the coffers of a remote outback town in Queensland. Members of the Queensland Retreat Caravan owners group spent a week at Boulia in the state's central west. "Our group is about going to small country towns and supporting them," organisers Barry and Sandy Neilsen told Caravanning News. "At each get-together we do a spend sheet to see how much money is spent in them and we can tell you that there was a total of $11,333 spent while we were at Boulia." A raffle and BBQ breakfast and sausage sizzle raised another $400 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The group plans to return for next year's annual camel races. Have your say
SWARMS of caravanners are heading to far north Queensland as the deadly coronavirus epidemic continues its stranglehold. Some tourist parks as far north as the Daintree are reporting brisk business as grey nomads and others in their RVs escape the state's chilly southern regions. "You wouldn't know there was a problem with a thing called COVID," Brisbane caravanner Charlie Brereton told Caravanning News. "It's quite a delight to be on the road at the moment without the hordes of grey nomads from Victoria ... and there's plenty of space at rest areas, too." Cairns caravan parks reported being near capacity again while there was a steady turnover of travellers at the Daintree Rainforest Village's Riverview caravan park 140km to the north, with one intrepid traveller telling Caravanning News: "It's so peaceful here. You wouldn't know there was a lockdown." Have your say
ACCC issues national recall
Lotus 'van owners warned of burns risk from external BBQs
OWNERS of Lotus caravans have been warned there is a risk of burns when using some external slide-out BBQs. In a nationwide alert, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reveals that some Weber Q1000 barbecues were modified to help their installation on caravans sold between January 2016 and June 2018. "This has resulted in the temperature of the surrounding stainless steel surfaces exceeding the relevant gas standard's requirements," it said. "If the surfaces overheat, there is an increased risk of burn injuries." ACCC has advised owners to stop using them and contact their nearest Lotus Caravans dealership. Suppliers included Alan Grahams, Brisbane RVs, Chapman Caravans, Dave Benson Caravans, Freestyle RVs, Gateway Caravans, Gold Coast Caravan Sales, Harbour City Caravans, Hervey Bay Caravans, Ian Grant's Caravans, Lotus Caravans, Luxury RVs WA and Wagga Caravans Centre.
Chamber's plan to boost business
Sign of the times for RVers heading
Childers Chamber of Commerce in Queensland has applied for a $5000 council grant to fund a community noticeboard adjacent to the town's popular RV-friendly overnight parking area. Chamber president Teena Mammino said she recently counted 46 RVs at the facility. "There's no doubt that establishing Childers as an RV-friendly town was an excellent initiative by the council," she added. The rest area, complete with dump point, was opened three years ago and lies just a couple of hundred metres off the busy Bruce Highway. Local traders and tourist operators will be able to utilise the noticeboard for their benefit. Photo: Caravanning News. Have your say
Three treated for minor injuries
Driver fined $400 for causing caravan rollover on Bruce Hwy
A MOTORIST has been slapped with a $400 fine for causing an accident in which a caravan rolled on Queensland's Bruce Highway. The 62-year-old woman allegedly failed to obey a stop sign in the Kurrimine Beach area in the state's far north. Police said a white Colorado towing a caravan was travelling south on the highway when the driver of a gold Nissan X-Trail went over a stop sign at the intersection of Murdering Point Road "and pulled out in front" of the rig. The 60-year-old interstate driver of the Colorado was unable to brake in time and hit the X-Trail, causing both vehicles to spin 180 degrees and flip onto their sides. Both drivers and the passenger in the Colorado received medical treatment for minor injuries.