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JANUARY 2023


 

BREAKING NEWS: 

JANUARY 31:
The BIG4 Hidden Valley Holiday Park at Darwin is seeking someone to manage its Hidden Delights Cafe. "This is an exciting opportunity to manage our fully equipped cafe for a busy 2023 peak season," the park said. Interested people should contact Dani on 8984 2888 or manager.hiddenvalley@lifestyleparks.au

JANUARY 30:
Caravanners and other travellers have been urged to take extra care after a woman was bitten by a snake at a driver reviver site on a rest area at Miriam Vale in Queensland. She was airlifted by helicopter to hospital.

JANUARY 28:
Queensland Police investigating cause of accident in which 50-year-old man's caravan rolled on northbound lanes of M1 at Ormeau north of the Gold Coast yesterday.

JANUARY 27:
Sunbuster Caravans ‒ ATF The Green Sport Australia Trust trading as K9 Vans ‒ is under administration. The first creditors' meeting will be held on February 6 at Morton + Lee Insolvency in Queen Street, Brisbane.

JANUARY 26:
Known for his charitable support to organisations including NSW's Coachstop Caravan Park at Maitland, John Byron Wade received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in today's Australia Day Honours. Governor General John Hurley said recipients went
"above and beyond" and contributed every day and in every way imaginable. "These are the people who see us through good times and bad," he said. "They're the first to show up and the last to leave."

JANUARY 26:
The three-day Newcastle Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo will throw open its gates at Newcastle Entertainment Centre & Showground in NSW on February 3. About 150 exhibitors will showcase hundreds of brands and thousands of products.

JANUARY 26:
NSW-based peer-to-peer caravan rental company Camplify cashflow report for the financial year's second half on January 20. An investor briefing will be held via an audio phone conference at 10am AEDT on January 30. Presentation material for the meeting will be lodged with the Australian Stock Exchange before the conference call, which will feature chief executive and founder Justin Hales and chief financial officer Andrea MacDougall.

Booleroo Centre RV parkJANUARY 25:
The community-owned and volunteer-operated Booleroo Centre RV Park in SA is a finalist in the Community Stay category of the Grey Nomad Awards, which recognise excellence and innovation in seniors' tourism. Booleroo Centre Community Development and Tourism Association secretary Emma Waters reports that it is the second time the park has won a place in the finals.

JANUARY 25:
The Federal Government will pour more than $1.1 million into the development of the 80-site Wiluna caravan park in regional WA. This follows a lack of tenders for the work.

JANUARY 23:
Two new caravans next door to unoccupied premises which were set on fire in Tasmania's Hobart Road at Kings Meadows were damaged by heat from the blaze, thought to have been suspicious lit..

JANUARY 20:
Caravan parks across WA servicing caravanners on around Australia trips and entering from SA or NT will receive assistance from the state government's $6 million Tourism Flood Recovery Package.

JANUARY 20:
Wellington Shire Council is selling, via tender, the 21-year Crown leases of Woodside Beach and Lochsport caravan parks east of Melbourne.

Theresa Creek Dam, Queensland.JANUARY 18:
Camping fees at Mackay Regional Council's Theresa Creek Dam in Queensland will rise to $20 nightly on February 1. The council said the increase the first since 2015 is to keep up with rising maintenance costs. "Council has worked to ensure this increase is consistent with other campgrounds and still allows Theresa Creek Dam to remain competitive," it explained.

Justin ClancyJANUARY 18:
Urana Caravan Park will receive $100,000 from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund for much needed work. "Federation Council will be able to work on improvements to maintain its position as a driver of the local economy through encouraging tourism and as an affordable accommodation option," Member for Albury Justin Clancy, pictured, said.

JANUARY 18:
Caravanners began hitting Queensland's eastern roads again today after being stranded for several days in heavy rains.

JANUARY 18:
Tasmania's former 147-hectare hydro town of Tarraleah Estate in the Central Highlands is again on the market ... and at $12 million-plus comes complete with a caravan park.

JANUARY 18:
Brisbane-based Sustainable Park Solutions is marketing ‒ via tender ‒ the lease, development and management of Victoria's Loch Sport Caravan Park and/or the Woodside Beach Caravan Park east of Melbourne.
The Wellington Shire Council is the Committee of Management for the both parks. Tenders close on February 13.

JANUARY 16:
Tasmanian fire crews fought a serious blaze at
Jayco Hobart King Caravans premises on Main Road, Moonah, this afternoon. Adjoining premises evacuated. One witness posted on Facebook: "The flames were huge." Cause of the blaze being investigated.

Floods JANUARY 16:
Queensland Police said early today that heavy rainfalls have seen more closures of the Bruce Hwy, now at Bowen after earlier closures at Slaters Creek and near Lascelles Avenue at Goorganga Plains, Whitsundays.

JANUARY 16:
Campervan involved in accident on northbound lanes of NSW's Pacific Highway at Nerong this morning. Medical helicopter in attendance.

JANUARY 15:
Bruce Highway is closed due to flooding north of Bowen. Police are on scene and travellers are advised to delay non-essential travel and avoid the area.

JANUARY 14:
NSW Police have urged people attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival to lock their caravan or campervan when unattended. Where possible, campers should use a lock to secure their tent, they added.

JANUARY 14:
Four children badly injured when car driven by 76yo woman collided with caravan verandah at Toowoom Bay Holiday Park in NSW today. Police investigating.

JANUARY 14:
Caravanner frantically separated blazing caravan from tow vehicle on Adelaide's SE freeway. Vehicle hardly damaged but caravan burnt to ground after developing electrical fault.

JANUARY 13:
Discovery Parks has published a list of its parks impacted by floodwaters. For information, go to https://www.discoveryholidayparks.com.au/flood-update
With 80-plus holiday parks, the chain says it is Australia’s largest park owner-operator. "Our park teams are working tirelessly to keep guests, residents and staff safe," it says

JANUARY 12:
Reports coming in of car and caravan rollover on South Australia's Augusta Highway near Davidsons Road, Merriton. No further details available.

JANUARY 12:
THE annual national Retreat Caravan Owners and Family Group rally will go ahead in March at Wagga Wagga NSW after being cancelled many times due to COVID-19. It will be held from March 23 to 30 at ACTA National Grounds & Range Function Centre and is open to all Retreat Caravan owners throughout Australia. Information and registration forms can be obtained from retreatcaravansfamilygroup@gmail.com. All money raised will again be donated to the Cancer Council of Australia, which has received over $46,000 from previous rallies throughout different states.

JANUARY 10:
Caravan and car collide on NSW's Pacific Highway near Coolongolook, causing traffic chaos and closure of one southbound lane. No further details available.

JANUARY 10:
An application by Trevor Godfredson for the winding up of Infinity Motor Homes Pty Ltd is listed to be heard at the Supreme Court in Brisbane on January 31.

Floods at Kingston-on-Murray caravan parkJANUARY 8:
A GoFundMe appeal has so far raised more than $22,000 for the flood-ravaged Kingston-on-Murray Caravan Park in South Australia. The popular family-owned award-winning park, a member of the Kui chain, was inundated when its levees failed in the December rains. Park owners Geoff and Barb Calvert say in a Facebook posting that they still cannot believe the amount of water and destruction caused by the floodwaters.

Bulga rest areaJANUARY 7:
NSW's Singleton Council has installed a dump point at the Bulga Recreational Ground in Inlet Rd, adding to camping facilities which include toilets, playground, tennis courts and BBQ facilities. Travellers are allowed two free nights and the site is pet-friendly.

JANUARY 6:
Locals have called for clampdown on caravanners and other travellers illegally camping on Coffs Harbour foreshore in NSW, claiming it is now "out of control".

JANUARY 6:
Development application could see another 80 camping sites at Lake Proserpine camping areas in Queensland, bringing the total to nearly 200.

JANUARY 4:
Locals are fighting plans to permanently close the popular driver reviver station adjoining the travellers' rest area north of Gin Gin on Queensland's busy Bruce Hwy.

JANUARY 4:
The annual Roadstar caravanners' get together will be held at Lake Monduran Holiday Park north of Gin Gin in Queensland on October 9.

JANUARY 3:
Caravan Industry Victoria is now selling tickets for the Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at Melbourne Showgrounds from February 22 to 26.

JANUARY 3:
Ute towing pop top caravan erupted in flames on Monaro Hwy north of Old Cooma Rd. Passengers escaped unharmed and Golf caravan untouched by Monday's fire.

JANUARY 2:
Two travellers taken by ambulance to Monto Hospital early today after a vehicle towing a caravan overturned on Queensland's Burnett Highway. Said to be in 'stable' condition.

JANUARY 2:
G'Day Parks say the new powered drive-thru slab sites at the Discovery Hahndorf Resort in South Australia are "perfect for caravanners who have bigger rigs or those who don't like backing in!"


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