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JUNE 2022



JUNE 29:
More and more people are taking to the caravanning lifestyle, it has been revealed. According to last year's nationwide Census, over 58,000 people are now living in caravans or are on the road fulltime in their RVs. Another 29,369 were living in
cabins or on houseboats.

JUNE 29:
Caravan Industry Association of Australia says that despite changing border restrictions and weather events dealing tough year, the industry again exceeded expectations. The industry reported record highs for 2021, with an "astonishing $23.8 billion impact on the Australian economy annually".

JUNE 28:
Changes to Queensland gold-rush town of Gympie's town plan will allow more camps, caravans and cabins in a bid to attract more tourists.

JUNE 28:
Shares in Fleetwood, which operates RV accessories company Northern Camec and Melbourne-based caravan repairs and services company Northern RV, continue to fall, opening at a year-low of $1.36 on the ASX today.

JUNE 28:
Gilgandra Shire Council in NSW has appointed Tooraweenah Caravan Park's Janelle Quilter and Gilgandra Caravan Park's Tracy Mellor to its 14-member Economic Development Committee.

JUNE 28:
Caravan dealers report that more RVs are being sold this year after caravan shows rather than at them. "This indicates people are not making impulse decisions in the heat of the moment," says one on the popular online Caravaners (sic) Forum. "If the supply situation doesn't change you will find many dealers and manufacturers not attending. No point in taking orders for product you can't supply," he says.

JUNE 27:
Queensland Police today said that almost half of all crashes involving a vehicle towing a caravan and deemed to be at fault in 2020 and 2021 were caused by either the caravan or tow vehicle losing control. "Just because a vehicle manufacturer states a vehicle can tow 3.5 tonne, it does not necessarily mean that vehicle, fully loaded with passengers, fuel and luggage, can still tow 3.5 tonne," they said. "It is important to remember that weights often include a fully fuelled car, passengers, a fully loaded caravan, as well as extras on the vehicle such as bull bars, roof racks and aftermarket tyres. These can add up quickly and easily push your load over the weight limit for your vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Mass or your combination’s Gross Combination Mass.

Mt Barker caravan parkJUNE 26:
Mount Barker Caravan Park & Mt Barker Village in WA is on the market for $1.4 million. Agent caravanparkbrokerswa&nt says the park has "a steady casual income" from corporate clients. "Tourist income is small and the park would definitely increase this income by membership in a marketing group such as BIG4, G’Day Parks etc.," it adds.

JUNE 25:
Children are being allowed to stay free at NSW's Darling outback retreat and Broken Hill Outback Resort thanks to family specials during the school holidays.

JUNE 25:
Zone RV on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, which recently received $1.4 million state government grant, has now advertised for assembly and factory workers.

JUNE 25:
Queensland's Mckinlay Shire Council is seeking volunteer camp hosts to do 2-3 weeks stints at the Julia Creek RV Friendly site.

JUNE 25:
The Oasis Tourist Park at Virginia in the Northern Territory, which received a $150,000 Roadhouse to Recovery grant to boost their accommodation offerings, now has a resort-sized swimming pool and 10 new cabins, including six poolside cabins, two deluxe family cabins and two disability accessible cabins.

JUNE 24:
The 2022 Let's Go Sunshine Coast Caravan & Outdoor Expo will return to Queensland's Nambour Showgrounds from August 19 to 21.

JUNE 14:
Body of woman, 59, found in caravan which caught fire at caravan park on Victoria's South Gippsland Hwy at Dandenong South in the early hours of today. Police are investigating and have appealed for people who witnessed the incident or with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Peer-to-peer caravan, campervan and motorhome sharing company Camplify today reported $14.8 million in future bookings, a 95 percent rise for the same period in the 2021 financial year. The Newcastle-based company told shareholders there had been a 62 percent growth in its total fleet to 10,000 RVs. Year-to-date revenue continued to grow to over $14.2m. "Camplify has seen significant growth with the return of international travel and lifted travel restrictions," chief executive and founder Justin Hales said.

Forrest Caravan ParkJUNE 8:
Victoria's Colac Otway Shire Council has announced the reopening of Forrest Caravan Park ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and under the new name of Forrest Holiday Park. New park managers are onsite to welcome guests to the park, which has a new 15-year lease, with a 5-year extension option.

Boulia Caravan Park in Queensland’s north-west blames rising fuel prices for fewer grey nomad visitors ... but reports a rise in travellers hitting free camping areas.

Caravanners and other RV travellers have welcomed news that work
will begin next week at the first of three sites where six new overtaking lanes will be built on NSW's Newell Highway between Coonabarabran and Narrabri. It will reduce travel times and improve safety on a section of road popular with grey nomads. Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the section was regular route for caravanners and heavy vehicles carrying freight. "This stretch of the highway is long and winding, and it can often be difficult to find a safe place to overtake if you're stuck behind a truck or caravan," Mr Coulton said.


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