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March 2017



Victoria police have returned a $70,000 stolen caravan to its rightful owner in South Melbourne after it was discovered during a raid at Reservoir.

Coromal caravansMARCH 24:
Fleetwood Corp, builders of Coromal and Windsor caravans, has appointed Jeff Dowling as a non-executive member of its board. He is described as a highly experienced corporate leader with over 40 years' experience in professional services with Ernst & Young and as a non-executive director on both listed and unlisted corporations. He begins his new role on July 1.

Two developers short-listed by WA's Gingin Shire Council to submit redevelopment plans for Lancelin Caravan Park. They will be considered by the council next month.

Caravan safety checksMARCH 20:
Caravanning Queensland's free safety checks for caravans and other RVs are proving extremely popular. Run in conjunction with the Transport and Main Roads Department, this Sunday's planned inspections in Bundaberg are already fully booked out. Others are planned for Brisbane, Townsville, Mackay, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Cairns. Inspectors do not issue breach notices ... just valuable advice on putting matters right and travelling safely.

Banana Shire Council in Queensland is inviting expressions of interest from "qualified/experienced caravan park or caretaker operators" to run the new Lake Callide Retreat south-west of Gladstone. Submissions close on March 31. Situated at the Callide Dam, the caravan park has five cabins and eight powered caravan sites, along with an on-site managers' cottage and kiosk. The State Government added $250,000 to the council's $160,000 to build the park which is scheduled to open next month.

Flood evacuation order in place for Bellinger River Tourist Park on Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Other caravan parks in region affected as heavy rainfall causes flash flooding and multiple road closures.

Mingo Crossing caravan parkMARCH 13:
Mingo Crossing Caravan Park west of Mount Perry has been shortlisted for a share of the $70 million available in the third round the Queensland Government's Building our Regions program. If successful, the park at the side of the Burnett River will use the money for upgrades.

Page Bros RV

Victoria's award-winning and largest caravan dealer Page Bros RV at Seaford on the Mornington Peninsula is preparing to launch a fight to ward off moves by the state government to compulsorily acquire its 7.5-acre site to make way for a new rail yard. Founded over 50 years ago, the family-owned company lays claim to be the longest serving Jayco retailer in Australia. Several other businesses in the area would also be taken over.

Chief executive of Ingenia Communities Group, which recently bought Cairns Coconut Holiday and Sydney's Avina Van resorts, believes that in the short term the election of President Donald Trump will benefit Australia's tourism industry. Simon Owen told the Finance News Network: "It's going to put pressure on the Australian dollar, which means that people are more likely to holiday at home rather than go overseas, which is positive for our holiday business." He has described the Cairns resort as an "exceptional mixed-use asset with an emphasis on the strongly performing tourism market" which would become a flagship asset for Ingenia's Holidays brand.

WA's new premier Mark McGowan with parents Dennis and MaryMARCH 12:
Avid caravanners Dennis and Mary McGowan hauled their rig over 4000km from their home in Coffs Harbour, NSW, to Western Australia to see their 49-year-old son Mark become the state's 30th Premier. And the Labor leader made special mention of his travelling parents during last night's post-election round of thanks to his supporters. "I'm thankful for everything my parents gave me, and for making me the person I am today," he said. Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs McGowan, who regularly make the trip across the Nullarbor, told media they believed their eldest son would make a "fantastic and fair" premier.

Clune Caravan ParkMARCH 11:
Work will begin later this month on removing dangerous trees at Clunes Caravan Park in Victoria. An assessment report identified 22 for removal and two others in need of major dead wooding. It said many trees were decayed, with some overhanging caravans, and recommended "prompt" action to alleviate any risks.

Shares in Perth-based Coromal and Windsor caravans manufacturer Fleetwood Corporation closed at a one-year high of $2.18 yesterday.

Coromal and Windsor caravan manufacturers Fleetwood has clinched an $8.7 million deal to build educational buildings at several custodial centres for the NSW Government. This represented "an important step in the company's progression into new markets", Perth-based Fleetwood said.

The recent Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow at the Melbourne Showgrounds attracted 50,613 visitors, its organisers said today.

Apollo Bay Holiday Park voted number one park on Victoria's Great Ocean Road by readers of Time to Roam magazine.

Three travellers scrambled to safety from 4WD Prado after their twin-axle Silverline caravan rolled on Bruce Highway at Cooran south of Gympie this morning. Ambulance crews on scene but no one taken to hospital.

Kingdom Caravans

Liquidators of now defunct manufacturer Kingdom Caravans ‒ Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants ‒ will hold a creditors' meeting at their offices in Melbourne on March 27 before declaring a first dividend on April 18. Founded in 2007, Kingdom went belly-up in January last year owing over $1 million.

A man was airlifted to hospital after a stabbing at a NSW caravan park this afternoon. Emergency services were called to the Wyland Caravan Park at Singleton and treated the 27-year-old victim before a CareFlight helicopter flew him to John Hunter Hospital. He was said to be in a stable condition. Police from Hunter Valley Local Area Command were investigating and have appealed for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. "Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence," a spokesperson said.

Stolen Viscount caravanMARCH 6:
Queensland police today warned members of the public not to approach a stolen caravan or its occupants. The single-axle 1982 Viscount with Queensland registration 177QVJ, disappeared from a property in Tanawha on the Sunshine Coast on or around February 15. "If sighted contact Policelink on 131 444 and quote the police reference QP1700292663," a spokesperson said. Police did not release any further details.

Three vehicles, including a caravan, involved in crash on Hunter Expressway at Heddon Greta in NSW this afternoon. Westbound traffic affected and emergency services in attendance. No further details available.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia will introduce a free Kid's Club at its Expanding Our Horizons National Conference on the Gold Coast in May. The industry's peak body hopes this will enable delegates to attend the three-day event and enjoy the holiday strip with their families as well. But it has stressed the children will not be allowed in the conference's plenary sessions, trade exhibition area or at evening events.

South Australia's biggest Jayco caravan and RV dealer, Australian Caravan Company at Edwardstown, Adelaide, has become the first retailer to be licenced to display the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's Accreditation Key. ACC general manager Matt Slee described it as a great compliment to his team and a defining moment for the industry. "We believe this is just the beginning in collectively raising our sector's profile and professionalism," he said. "Being recognised through the assessment process has validated that we are in fact on the right course in all areas of our planning, operations, systems and customer service.

Wonboyn Cabins and Caravan Park near NSW's historic town of Eden is on the market for $1.29 million.

Home Hill Caravan ParkMARCH 4:
Burdekin Shire Council in Queensland is inviting tenders for the management of Home Hill Caravan Park and adjoining local swimming pool.

Caravanners injured in head-on smash involving car towing caravan on Flaxton Drive at Montville in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland this afternoon. Ambulance Service said two men and a woman were being treated by paramedics.

Family-owned and operated company Cell Caravans, which claimed to be one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, has closed. Gates at the company's premises at Somerton in north Melbourne were padlocked today and a recorded telephone message told callers: "Unfortunately, we are no longer trading. Anyone who is owned money will be contacted."

Reports coming in of smash involving two cars and a caravan on NSW's Princes Motorway at Mount Ousley. Southbound traffic affected but no further details available.

Guests arriving at the 346-site Southcombe and 338-site Gardens caravan parks at Port Fairy in Victoria will receive two free passes for the local public swimming pool for each booking.

Nominations for the 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards will open on March 20 and close May 1. The host town will be named on March 31.


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