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October 2017


Caravan on the roadOCTOBER 24:
Australian Caravan Club to work with National Road Transport Association to develop a 'Sharing the Road' code of conduct, club chairman Craig Humphrey announced today. "Truckies and RVers have a lot in common," he said "We all want to travel safely on the road."

Health checks for poochesOCTOBER 23:
With more and more caravanners and grey nomads hitting the road with their pets, next month's Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo at Sydney Olympic Park will feature free health checks for dogs. The news was released today by the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW. "For the first time we have partnered with organisations to provide activities like the RSPCA's free pet health checks," chief executive Lyndel Gray said. The expo runs from November 3 to 6 and features over 150 exhibitors. Visitors have been told they are welcome to take their pooches to the event, but only if they are on a lead.

Caravanning Queensland achieves it 1000th RV safety checkOCTOBER 21:
Caravanning Queensland reached an impressive milestone today, checking the 1000th RV under its voluntary safety checks scheme. Murrumba MP Chris Whiting was there to see the achievement in Brisbane.

Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares had risen to a year-high of $1.565 at the close of the Australian Share Market yesterday.

Two men and woman charged after man allegedly attacked with hammer and robbed at Willowbank caravan park west of Brisbane. Victim underwent surgery in hospital and said to be in "serious" condition.

Hinterland Caravans Gold Coast, a member of the Hinterland Toyota group, has been named the 2017 Crusader Caravans dealer of the year. The dealership was also recognised for its aftersales and sales achievements throughout the last 12 months.

Former president and long-serving association board member Merv King has been honoured with a Lifetime Membership of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW. Mr King's three decades of commitment to the industry was recognised at the annual Awards of Excellence held at Sydney's Luna Park last night. "Merv has successfully owned and operated several holiday parks throughout NSW and has been a true pioneer of our industry," CCIA president Theo Whitmont said.

BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry pulled off the double in last night's Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW’s Awards of Excellence. The park was named Best of the Best in the Holiday, Tourist & Resort Parks category while staffer Margaret Shannon scooped the Employee of the Year (Holiday, Tourist & Resort Parks) award. Jayco Newcastle was named best regional NSW dealer/retailer/wholesaler.

Lake Maroon Holiday Park south-west of Brisbane on the market for $1.1 million. The 222-acre property is being marketed by Lindsay Cooper of Resort Brokers Australia who says the business could be "moulded" to suit the buyer

Arundel RV blazeOCTOBER 17:
Luxury motorhomes and caravan destroyed in huge blaze at sales yard at Arundel on Queensland's Gold Coast in the early hours. Police investigating cause of the Brisbane Road fire which involved about a dozen vehicles. Olsen Avenue closed in both directions between Brisbane and Blanchard roads as fire crews fought the 4am inferno. No one injured.

Caravanner taken to Gympie Hospital after rig involved in accident on Queensland's rainswept Bruce Highway this afternoon. The man, in his 50s, suffered soft tissue injuries and was said to be in stable condition. Both vehicles involved were heading south.

CMCA rain radarOCTOBER 16:
As heavy rain today continued to lash the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia national rally in Queensland's Rum City, chief executive Richard Barwick described the nine-day gathering as a "remarkable success". Around 2000 members are attending the rally which wraps up this week. "Congratulations Bundaberg, you have done yourselves very proud," he said. Meanwhile, Mr Barwick announced that CMCA's 33rd National Rally would be held in Gunnedah, NSW, subject to contract negotiations and confirmation.

Liquidator Mitchell Griffiths, of Newcastle, NSW, plans to declare a first and final dividend for creditors of Fix-It Caravan and RV Repairs Pty Ltd, trading as Caravan & RV Leisure Centre, Coastside Caravans & RVs and Caravan Leisure Centre, on November 24. The company went into liquidation last year.

After 40 years in WA's police force, Geralton sergeant Kevin Bennett has retired to join the army of grey nomads touring Australia in their caravans.

The recent Melbourne Leisurefest attracted a record crowd of 32,306, organisers ‒ the Caravan Industry Association Victoria ‒ said today.

CMCA rally arrivialsOCTOBER 12:
The Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia has voted not to allow caravanners full membership with full voting rights. The decision was taken at the club's national rally, which is being held in Bundaberg, Queensland. Voting failed to reach the 75 percent majority required. Caravanners took to social media to express disappointment, with one commenting: "Considering us caravanners don't get a vote, I think we will stay second class members forever. They don't knock back our membership money though." Meanwhile, the CMCA has agreed to give the Rum City RV Friendly status.

Yanchep National ParkOCTOBER 11:
Yanchep National Park in WA will benefit from $261,500 in Federal Government funding to significantly upgrade its popular campground, helping to boost tourism in the region. A trial 20-site campground was established in the park in 2016, offering an introductory camping experience for novice campers in a relatively secure environment and a unique opportunity to camp near Perth. Local MP Christian Porter commented: "Due to the limited caravan park and camping opportunities in the northern suburbs, Yanchep National Park's campground has the potential to be the gateway for visitors leaving Perth and travelling to the north of Western Australia."

Narooma Police in NSW are looking for a couple who fled without paying their bill at a Far South Coast caravan park. The man and woman, who they said were known to them, failed to pay for six nights' accommodation at the Wallaga Lake park.

Once struggling Fleetwood, manufacturers of Windsor and Coromal caravans, says there are now continuing signs of solid demand for its products. In a presentation to the Macquarie Western Australian Forum, it revealed that its turnaround plan was well underway. The Perth-based company referred to board and management changes, refocusing on growth markets, restructuring "underperforming" operations, giving more attention to cash flow, resumed dividends and a "strong balance sheet".

Thieves made off with a caravan from Chinderah Village Caravan Park in NSW. Police are now reviewing security camera footage and have appealed for public help to trace the white Coromal Capri caravan, registration number R79685.

Police are urging caravanners to be more security conscious after a spate of bicycle thefts from NSW caravan parks. According to reports, thousands of dollars worth of bikes have disappeared from caravan parks at Tathra and Merimbula on the state's Far South Coast.

RAC Parks and Resorts in WA has launched a new payment system for guests to pay off their holiday accommodation in instalments, making it easier to budget for a family holiday.

THE 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards will be held from November 2 to 4 in Cloncurry. About 250 tourism industry representatives are expected to attend the event.

Family returning from caravanning holiday in Melbourne escaped serious injuries today when a car allegedly pulled into the path of their rig on the Hume Hwy in Victoria. Volvo sedan reportedly failed to give way to a Ford Territory towing a caravan at Winton. Police investigating.

Caravan flipsOCTOBER 8:
A short stretch of the Bruce Highway in Queensland has seen its second caravan rollover within 24 hours. In the latest accident, a Jayco caravan flipped near Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast this afternoon. It is not thought the caravanners were seriously injured. Police are investigating.

CMCA rally, bundabergOCTOBER 8:
Up to a thousand RVs were converging on Bundaberg in Queensland today for the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia's 32nd national rally. The Isis Highway leading into the city's Recreation Precinct was choked with RVs of all shapes and sizes as the nine-day event got underway. Members plan to acknowledge Bundaberg's connection with pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler, with a themed fancy dress rally ball. Photo: Dennis Amor, Caravanning News.

Two caravanners rushed to Sunshine Coast Hospital after their rig rolled on Queensland's Bruce Hwy at Eumundi. Reports of the caravan and 4WD finishing up in medium strip.

Electrical fault believed to have caused blaze which destroyed caravan at SA caravan park. Firefighters took around half an hour to bring the outbreak under control and prevent it spreading to other caravans at Robe's Sea Vu Caravan Park on the Limestone Coast. The owners, believed to be in Robe on holidays from Western Australia, safely fled the inferno. While the fire destroyed the caravan no other structures or vehicles were damaged and one was injured. Police conducted the investigation and determined the cause to be an electrical fault. Damage was estimated at about $70 000.

Discovery Holiday Parks will take over the reins of Broome's Roebuck Bay Caravan Park in WA at the end of this year. It has been awarded a two-year and 10-month lease by the Shire of Broome and will replace Ralston Bay Holdings, which has operated the park for 28 years.

No camping signOCTOBER 5:
Nearly 90 percent of people taking part in a poll by NSW's Northern Star newspaper believe travellers camping illegally in Byron Shire should be fined. The survey comes as the local council continues to receive complaints of campers overnighting in carparks near the beach and in residential streets.

Police said an 81-year-old caravanner whose rig was wrecked when it hit an embankment after he lost control of his 4WD on Queensland's Burnett Highway north of Nanango has been issued with a traffic infringement notice. The man and his elderly wife suffered minor injuries in the crash, which did not involve any other vehicles.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia will hold next year's three-day national conference at The Star Gold Coast Casino beginning on May 16, with the Future Leaders Conference on the opening day.

Aspen has announced final settlement of its $10 million purchase of the BIG4 Koala Shores Holiday Park at Port Stephens. "The operation was integrated slightly ahead of the NSW Labour Day long weekend and busy Christmas holiday trading period," Aspen said.

Car and caravan reportedly in accident on Queensland's Carnarvon Highway between Injune and Roma. Emergency services on scene about 20km from Injune but caravanners not thought to be seriously hurt.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort won Gold and entry to Hall of Fame while BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park was awarded Silver in Whitsunday Tourism Awards held on Queensland's Hamilton Island.

Driver of road train appears in court following horror crash in WA in which two caravanners were killed. Kimberly Thomas De Pledge, 47, faced two counts of dangerous driving causing death and three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Port Hedland Magistrates Court adjourned the case until January 15 next year. The caravanners, a 46yo man and 45yo woman, died in the crash in June this year when the road train carrying cattle allegedly collided with the rear of their rig on the Great Northern Highway near Coonarrie Creek. Their two teenage children survived. Mr De Pledge did not enter a plea and his bail was continued.

Caravan rolled on Queensland's rainswept Bruce Highway on Gunalda Range north of Gympie today. No one reported injured.

New Age logoOCTOBER 2:
NEW Age Caravans today revealed a new corporate logo. "The new brand identity release includes a fresh take on the existing logo, colours and style," the Victorian-based manufacturer said. It was confident the new logo would unify values and give consumers "peace of mind when investing in their dream home away from home".

Caravan being towed by classic Hot Rod wrecked in crash on NSW's Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour CBD early today. No one injured.


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