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MAY 2018
 

  BREAKING NEWS

MAY 23:
One man reportedly injured in a crash involving two caravans and a third vehicle on Bingil Bay Road on Queensland's Cassowary Coast. Police investigating. And another man in his 60s was trapped in his 4WD towing a caravan when the rig rolled on Summerland Way at Banyabba in NSW. He was taken to Grafton Base Hospital with suspected back injuries.

MAY 22:
Penola Caravan Park in the heart of SA's Coonawarra wine region is on the market for $1.64 million. The three-acre park offers 44 sites and nine cabins and would be ideal for an owner-operator or two couples, its advertising blub says.

MAY 22:
Two people taken to Tennant Creek Hospital after a 4WD towing caravan rolled on Stuart Hwy between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs in the NT. Police are investigating the cause of the accident which happened on a straight stretch of the highway north of Devils Marbles..

MAY 21:
Eddie Wills and Ian Jow are advertising for experienced caravan assemblers for their new company Willow RV at Pakenham in Victoria.

MAY 20:
Travellers escape unharmed when their 4WD and caravan jackknifed on NSW's Pacific Highway southbound off-ramp north of Lennox Head this afternoon. No other vehicles involved.

MAY 20:
The ABC is reporting rising road rage between truck drivers and grey nomads as thousands of southerners in caravans head north for its winter sunshine.

MAY 19:
Donna Cocking, owner and operator of Mandurah Caravan & Tourist Park in WA for 21 years, has received the prestigious Chairman's Award for her contributions to the operations of the Caravanning Industry Association of Australia.

MAY 19:
Caravanning Industry Association of Australia reports 126 percent rise in the number of Chinese travellers using Australia's regional caravan parks and camping grounds last year.

Coromal caravansMAY 18:
A substantial shareholder in struggling Coromal and Windsor caravans manufacturer Fleetwood has requested a copy of the company's share register and plans to call a general meeting. Meanwhile in a letter to shareholders, the Perth-based company said it intended to deal with the poor performance of its RV business, revealing that it is searching for additional directors with experience at CEO level and with "outstanding credentials". Fleetwood recently revealed that losses in its RV division for the second half of the current financial year were expected to be between $7m and $8m. The division produces caravans, pop-tops and RV accessories.

Mingo CrossingMAY 17:
Managers of Mingo Crossing caravan park and camping ground in Queensland to quit after "unpleasant incident", it has been revealed. Fran and Dave Faban have run the popular park west of Mt Perry for two years and will leave on July 8. Mrs Faban told Caravanning News she was "shocked" by a council ruling which would have allowed a family to return to the park even though the parents had allegedly allowed their children to create mayhem and run amok among other campers during the Easter holidays. Police were called to the remote park. North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers said in a statement: "Council is bound by the law to give people certain rights which personally we may not agree with."

CIAA national conference underway

MAY 17:
Delegates from all over Australia assembled at the Gold Coast's Star Hotel & Casino today for the Caravan Industry Association of Australia 2018 National Conference. The event is now in its 23rd year and is firmly established as the premier national educational and networking gathering for the industry. In a pre-conference message, association chairman said the industry has seen "significant change" during the past 12 months and this would continue over the next year. "With so much disruption, the voice of the customer has never been louder," he said. "We must listen to feedback, adapt and innovate to ensure we exceed consumer expectations and improve profitability across the industry."

MAY 17:
Fifteen-year-old boy appearing in court today on two charges of assaulting and sexually penetrating girl, 7, who was showering in amenities block at caravan park in Karratha, WA.

MAY 16:
Caravan Industry Association of Australia says delegates already starting to "roll in" for tomorrow's opening of its 2018 National Conference on the Gold Coast.

MAY 16:
Pentland Caravan Park on Queensland's Overlander's Way between Charters Towers and Hughenden receives Hero Award from Royal Flying Doctor Service for its "tireless" support of the world famous aero-medical service.

MAY 14:
Candles believed to have caused blaze which destroyed caravan at Sharon Gorge Nature Park rest area on Bundaburg to Gin Gin road. No one injured.

MAY 13:
Police hun
ting heartless attackers who used what is believed to have been machete to inflict horrendous injuries on resident juvenile kangaroo at Murramarang Resort caravan park on NSW's South Coast. The roo, affectionately named Janey, had to be euthanised.

Nepean Valley CampersMAY 11:
Members of Penrith-based Nepean Valley Campers in NSW have decided to wind up the company and appoint Daniel Frisken of BPS Recovery in Sydney as liquidator. Founded 13 years ago, the company specialised in slide-on campers for a range of vehicles.

jayco factory

MAY 11:
Jayco is advertising for new workers ... and has warned that druggies need not apply. It is offering fulltime permanent positions for assembly workers at its Dandenong South factory in Victoria. And its advertising blurb stresses: "Jayco is a strictly drug and alcohol-free site. We conduct random drug screening on site as well as a drug screen in our pre-employment medical."

MAY 11:
Shares in Coromal and Windsor caravans builder Fleetwood Corporation are bouncing back after plunging to a year-low of $1.90 this week. They closed at $2.05 yesterday. Shares took a pounding when the Perth-based group revealed a fall in caravan sales and blamed its RV division for a predicted loss of between $7m and $8m in the second half of the current financial year.

CamptooMAY 10:
A company founded in Holland three years ago has moved into Australia's blossoming RV rental/share market. Award-winning Camptoo, which has based itself in Melbourne, connects owners whose RVs stand idle for much of the year with people wanting to rent caravans and motorhomes on a short or long-term basis.

Coromal caravansMAY 9:
Shares in Perth-based caravan builder Fleetwood had plunged around 20 percent to a year-low of $1.90 at close of business yesterday. This followed dramatic news that demand for its Coromal and Windsor brand of caravans has continued to plummet. Fleetwood revealed in a trading statement to shareholders that losses for the second half of the current financial year were expected to be between $7m and $8m. Its RV division produces caravans, pop-tops and RV accessories.

MAY 8:
Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia to receive $500,000 from NSW's Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund to undertake major upgrade of dump points across the State.

Caravan workersMAY 8:
Victoria's caravan industry contributed more than $2 billion to the stateís economy last year, it was revealed today. It employed 6600 people in caravan manufacturing, retail, repair and servicing ... with nine out of 10 RVs being built in the State, according to the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria.

MAY 7:
Six people injured in head-on collision involving sedan and LandCruiser towing caravan on Bruce Hwy north of Bowen.

MAY 7:
Proposed new 24hr service station on Tasmania's Midland Hwy at Brighton will have parking space for two caravans, say developers.

MAY 5:
Historic Port Wakefield in South Australia is building as a tourist hotspot, with the local caravan park experiencing about a 60 percent growth in bookings over the past four years. The regionís second largest caravan park ‒ in Balaklava ‒ has also seen a boost in overnight stays.

MAY 4:
Traffic gridlock on NSW's Pacific Mwy at Killingworth after caravan breakdown this afternoon. Five kilometre queue on northbound lanes.

Norval Park beach signMAY 4:
Victorian grey nomads Des and Maureen Fraser have copped a $252 on-the-spot fine for illegally setting up their caravan at beachside Norval Park north of Bundaberg, Queensland. The fine comes as swarms of caravanners from the southern states head north for Queensland's winter sunshine. It is thought to be the first penalty imposed by the local regional council since camping at the once popular spot was banned in 2009. Only tents and camper trailers with permits are allowed to pitch on specially provided basic sites away from dunes at the pristine area ... with caravans, motorhomes, campervans and all other vehicles "used for accommodation" outlawed.

CIAA Accrrediation KeyMAY 2:
Industry pioneer RMS -The Hospitality Cloud has become the first technology company to receive accreditation from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, the peak national body for the countryís rapidly-evolving caravanning and camping sector. RMS first started developing reservations and distribution technology for Australian holiday parks 35 years ago, quickly becoming the market leader. Its cloud-based hospitality technology is now used by more than 2000 holiday parks in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and United Kingdom.

MAY 2:
Victorian Caravan Parks Association chief executive Elizabeth White has welcomed Victoria's State Budget, saying it represents a significant boost for the tourism sector.

MAY 2:
NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust, trading as Reflections Holiday Parks, is seeking park management service providers to carry out day-to-day operations of its parks. "An aptitude for delivering value to our customers and stakeholders is essential for a successful contractor," it says. A dozen Reflections holiday parks are currently tendering for contract park managers.

 

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