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February 2017



Fleetwood Corporation's once-struggling RV division, which manufactures Coromal and Windsor caravans, increased its revenue by 89 percent to $21.1 million during the first six months of the current financial year, it revealed today..

Ingenia Communities Group has bought Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort ‒ Australia's highest rated and awarded tourism park ‒ for $50 million in an off-market deal. Ingenia chief executive Simon Owen commented: "This is an exceptional mixed-use asset with an emphasis on the strongly performing tourism market which will become a flagship asset for Ingenia's Holidays brand." It had "significant, fully approved opportunities" for further growth, he added. The move seeds a new North Queensland cluster, with further acquisitions being assessed.

Queensland Government passes new law which would effectively rid the state's roads of Wicked campervans with sexist, obscene and other offensive slogans. Many caravan parks and some states already ban them.

Queensland Government approves shake-up in Sunday trading regulations, which means caravan dealers will now be able to sell RVs on Sundays.

Zone RV videoFEBRUARY 14:
Sunshine Coast-based caravan builder Zone RV has produced an 11-minute video on safe towing. "It's got some really helpful messages for caravanners who are uninformed and searching for information on how to best prepare their rig," a spokeswoman told Caravanning News. To view, go to:

Gateway Lifestyle Group appoints Owen Kemp as new chief financial officer after "comprehensive external search". He replaces John Wong who resigned last November.

Forbes Country Club Caravan ParkFEBRUARY 14:
THE hammer set to fall on Forbes' Country Club Caravan Park in NSW. The 39-site park, part of the Family Parks chain, will be auctioned at the Forbes Inn on March 17 unless sold before. It was the first caravan park in Forbes and was opened in the early 1970s. Husband and wife Derek and Merle Neville have operated it for the past seven years and are now retiring.

Over 200 members of Australian Caravan Club will gather at Kingaroy Showgrounds in SE Queensland on March 9 for the year's first six-day Chairman's Muster, chairman Craig Humphrey announced today. ACC members attending annual musters during the last five years have injected over $1.02 million into local communities.

A review of Queensland's topsy-turvy trading hours could see caravan dealerships opening on Sundays.

Persons reportedly trapped in accident involving caravan and car on Kamilaroi Hwy 7km south of Curlewis in NSW this morning. Highway closed in both directions. Emergency services in attendance. Police said the car and caravan were both on their sides, blocking both lanes.

Richmond Shire Council in ouback Queensland is looking for fulltime managers to run its Richmond Lakeview Caravan Park.

Coromal and Windsor dealer Takalvans officially opened its new $2 million sales and service centre in Bundaberg, Queensland, today. Local civic dignitaries, including Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey, and officials from Perth-based Coromal and Windsor builders Fleetwood attended the event.

Car and caravan reportedly rolled on Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek in NSW. Emergency services attended but no further details available.

Apollo, the world's largest privately-owned recreational vehicle operator, today acquired 100 percent of Sydney RV's issued capital. The deal was said to be worth about $1.75 million and was funded with a combination of cash and Apollo shares. "This acquisition aligns with Apollo's strategy to grow the business by establishing additional retail sales centres throughout Australia, leveraging the Winnebago, Adria and Talvor brands," Apollo said. Meanwhile, it has also agreed to subscribe $1.75 million for a 25 percent stake in Camplify, making it the biggest shareholder in the online caravan and RV sharing community that connects caravan and RV owners with people looking to rent these vehicles.

Gateway Lifestyle Group shares closed at a year-low of $2 yesterday.

Man, 51, arrested at Mudgee caravan park in NSW and charged with multiple historical child sex offences. Police believe further offences may have been committed in the 1980s and 1990s in the Penrith and Mudgee areas and have appealed for possible victims to come forward.

Man charged with attempted murder and six other offences after shooting at Sunnybank Hills Caravan Park in Brisbane last year.

Liquidators will hold a meeting in Melbourne next month to show how the winding up of failed Aussie Wide Caravans was conducted and its property disposed of. The manufacturer of custom-made caravans once turned over more than $1 million but collapsed in 2013 owing creditors around $500,000. It was reported at the time that the main creditors were "a related party who had injected money into the company" and the Australian Taxation Office. The creditors' meeting will be held at the offices of Grant Thornton Australia in Collins Street on March 15.

Optus campertrailerFEBRUARY 7:
Victorian OPUS dealer Geelong Caravans plans to demonstrate the world's first self-inflating
campertrailer at the six-day Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow beginning Feb 22. Air beam technology replaces traditional poles, reducing total setup time to five minutes. Pack-down is just as quick.

ACCC has issued safety recall after fears solid AL-KO beam and independent suspension axles fitted with 10in electric brakes on some caravans and camper trailers could fail. Poor weld penetration on brake flanges could affect braking effectiveness and "cause an accident and potential injury," ACCC said. Jayco, Jurgens Spaceland, Olympic, New Age and Concept caravans together with Preston Chassis Industries could be affected. They were available for sale between September 15 and 22 last year. Owners of affected vehicles are urged to call their closest dealer or authorised aervice agent immediately.

HUME Highway at Table Top in NSW strewn with debris after truck and car towing caravan collided this afternoon. Paramedics treating two caravanners at scene, about 2km north of Tynan Road. One of two northbound lanes blocked. Crime Scene officers in attendance.

Police recoverd this stolen caravan at NerangFEBRUARY 6:
Recognise this caravan? If so, Gold Coast police would like to hear from you. It was recovered while detectives were searching a property where they located stolen items including this Dreamhaven Crusader Mark 2 caravan. Police now want help from members of the public to identify its owner. They said all identifying particulars had been removed and this was hampering their efforts to return the caravan to its rightful owner. It is believed the original colour of the single-axle caravan could have been white with blue trim. Anyone recognising the caravan should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Coomera Criminal Investigation Branch on (07) 5514 7755.

Queensland Ambulance Service warns that most campfire burns are caused by contact with hot embers ... the morning after a fire.

Organisers of Launceston Outdoor Adventure Show in Tassie, which wraps up tomorrow, have echoed what other Australian show officials are saying ... fewer grey nomads are buying RVs. The majority of sales have been to people in the 35 to 50-year age range.

Burrum River Caravan Park at Howard in southern Queensland evacuated when caravan erupted in flames. No one hurt in yesterday's blaze.

Missing man Max William DayFEBRUARY 3:
NSW Police are still appealing for help to locate a man who was last seen a month ago at a caravan park in the state. There was a confirmed sighting of Max William Day, aged 53, at the park in Gooloogong on January 25 but has not been heard from or seen since. It is a possible he could be travelling to Cowra or interstate. Police hold serious concerns for Mr Day’s welfare and continue to appeal for information. He is described as Caucasian in appearance, 170cm to 175cm tall, with an olive complexion, brown eyes and grey hair. He may be wearing blue jeans, a beige top, work boots and a dark-coloured Akubra hat.

The 4-star Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park in SA together with 3.5-star Clarence Head Caravan Park and 4-star Opal Caravan Park in NSW have been named top three caravan parks on Star Ratings Australia's Gold List of Accommodation. The list is compiled from travellers' reviews on hundreds of websites.

Police issued $243 infringement notices to a man, 26, and woman 23, who were caught "trespassing" at Hervey Bay's seafront Scarness Caravan Park in the early hours.

Flashback: Caravanning News photo of Kingscliff caravan park after severe storms in 2011FEBRUARY 3: Kingscliff Beach Holiday Park in northern NSW has been closed in readiness for a new seawall to be built to stop erosion. Tweed Shire Council decided to go ahead with the $21m project after Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the 176-site seaside caravan park in 2011, forcing tourist to be evacuated and caravans and cabins moved to safety. The new seawall is expected to be completed by November this year. Photo flashback: Caravanning News photo taken after severe storms washed away part of the caravan park in 2011.

Guest robbed of mobile phone and laptop by man brandishing gun at Bryon Bay caravan park in NSW. The 43-year-old was unharmed in the incident at Broken Head Road park.


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