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February 2020



 

 

BREAKING NEWS

FEBRUARY 26:
Earthquake of magnitude 6 and lasting for up to 10 seconds shook northern parts of the NT tonight, with one caravanner reported her RV shaking "four or five times" at Katherine. Epicentre in Indonesia.

FEBRUARY 26:
Andrew McEvoy will give up his directorship of holiday and lifestyle parks operator Ingenia on June 30 to take up a full-time executive role overseas. Ingenia chairman Jim Hazel said Mr McEvoy had made a "huge contribution" to the board, bringing important experience and knowledge to the tourism industry and digital marketing in particular. "The board and management would like to thank Andrew for his commitment during a period of significant evolution and growth," he added.

FEBRUARY 26:
WA's motoring organisation is spendt several million dollars on increasing the size of its Exmouth caravanning park, one of nine run by the RAC.

FEBRUARY 26:
State government to inject $55,000 into improving caravan and camping sites on northern shore of Rocklands Reservoir in Victoria's Grampions.

FEBRUARY 26:
Man, 44, appearing in court today after two men received gunshot wounds at caravan park in Kanwal on NSW Central Coast.

FEBRUARY 25:
Brisbane-based Apollo Tourism and Leisure apologises after failing to inform Australian Stock Exchange of Robert Baker's appointment as non-executive director in January. The global RV rental and Coromal and Windsor caravan manufacturer blamed an "administrative oversight". Shares in the company continue to slide, opening at an all-time low of 27c today.

FEBRUARY 25:
Whyalla City Council in SA is planning make things easier for caravanners wanting to stay a while. It will upgrade the carpark adjacent to Sumthin' Tastee cafe to provide more room for vehicles towing caravans and a slip road to improve access.

FEBRUARY 24:
Car and caravan involved in accident on southbound lanes of NSW's Hume Hwy near Coolac this morning. Emergency services on scene. No further details available.

FEBRUARY 24:
Bag containing money and credit cards stolen from unlocked caravan in which two travellers were sleeping at Pier Street caravan park in Urangan on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

FEBRUARY 24:
An electrical fault is thought to have caused a blaze at the former Sunshine Coast's New Age Caravans premises on Old Maroochydore Road at Kunda Park in the early hours.

FEBRUARY 24:
Fleetwood has reported an eight percent fall in revenue from its Camec RV spare parts and Northern RV servicing operations during the financial year's first half. In
 a report to shareholders released today, chairman Phillip Campbell said the two sectors had operated "in a tough environment for locally-built caravans". This was expected to continue in the second half.

Key to NT logoFEBRUARY 23:
Tourism NT will partner with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia and other local and national tourism businesses to promote NT holiday incentives through interstate tourism databases. Association chief executive Stuart Lamont said the territory was "ready-made" for a self-drive adventure. "The Caravan Industry Association of Australia is excited to partner in the Key to the NT promotion opening up some of the many attractions which should be on every Australian's bucket list," he added.

FEBRUARY 23:
Road safety campaigner and truckie Rod Hannifey has again called for colleagues and caravanners to work together in reaching a solution to parking at rest areas. "We cannot make this a war between two groups who live on and must share the road," he said.

Stolen bikeFEBRUARY 21:
A thief made off with a $3000 electric bicycle from a rack on the rear of a caravan at a SA caravan park. The alarm was raised when its owner at the Mannum Riverside Caravan Park heard sounds late at night and went to investigate. He was met with the sight of the crook riding off at speed into the darkness on the olive-green coloured Smart Motion bike. Police are investigating.

Willow Bend Caravan Park, NSWFEBRUARY 20:
Willow Bend Caravan Park in NSW will undergo a $6.7m redevelopment during the next decade. Wentworth Shire Council acquired the rundown riverside park in 2017and regards it as an "important community asset" to the town of Wentworth. But according to a report to yesterday's council meeting, the standard of the park’s facilities has declined and it is now in need of a major upgrade or replacement. "In some circumstances the facilities are no longer compliant with modern standards," it said.

FEBRUARY 20:
Writing in the transport industry's major newspaper Big Rigs, truckie of 25 years standing Tyne Mc Pherson predicts there will be more deaths due to "inexperienced" caravanners.

FEBRUARY 20:
Seven caravan and holiday parks will be battling for gold in next month's Australian Tourism Awards finals in Canberra. They are MacDonnell Range Holiday Park (NT), Middleton Beach Holiday Park (WA), Cairns Coconut (QLD), Port Arthur Holiday Park (TAS) and Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park (NSW).

FEBRUARY 19:
Boroma Roamers, owners or former owners of the once popular high-end Queensland-built Boroma caravans, are planning their next get-together at NSW's Alstonville Showgrounds from October 12 to 19.

FEBRUARY 18:
Emergency services were at the scene of a car and caravan accident on NSW's Hume Hwy at Marulan this afternoon. Northbound traffic at a standstill. No further details available.

FEBRUARY 18:
Queensland's South Burnett Regional Council seeking public feedback on plans to upgrade Kingaroy public carpark which will include providing a dump point for RV travellers.

FEBRUARY 18:
Shares in Ingenia Communities ‒ which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday parks ‒ opened at $5.04 today, their highest price ever.

FEBRUARY 17:
WA-based Fleetwood ‒ which services the RV industry through its Camec and Northern RV companies ‒ will release its financial results for the first half-year on February 24.

FEBRUARY 17:
Caravan parks in Victoria's bushfire ravaged areas are reporting an increase in visitor numbers.

FEBRUARY 16:
More and more young Aussie families are opting for a life on the road in caravans, motorhomes and converted buses, according to statistics.

FEBRUARY 16:
Caravan enthusiast Nathan Whitehead has opened a group Facebook page for owners of vintage Quest caravans.

FEBRUARY 15:
Shares in RV rental and Coromal and Windsor caravan builders Apollo Tourism and Leisure are at their lowest levels for more than a year, closing yesterday at 31c.

FEBRUARY 14:
Kyogle and Coraki caravans parks in northern NSW inundated with flood waters after heavy rains.

FEBRUARY 14:
Tasmania Fire Service urges caravanners and motorhomers to install smoke alarms in their vehicles after a motorhome was destroyed by fire at Forth camping area. No one injured.

FEBRUARY 12:
Organisers of January's 10-day Toyota Country Music Festival at Tamworth report a dramatic fall in the number of grey nomads attending this year.

FEBRUARY 11:
NSW government has given approval for residents who have been bushfire affected to live in a caravan for up to two years, the previous law only allowing occupation for two days.

FEBRUARY 11:
Holiday cabins being urgently moved to safety at Stockton Caravan Park near Newcastle in NWS as heavy seas strip hundreds of tonnes of sand from foreshore.

FEBRUARY 10:
Beige and White 2000 Regal E-Class caravan, with Queensland registration 773QFR, stolen from business yard on Birdwood Drive, Gunalda, Queensland.

FEBRUARY 10:
NSW's Newcastle Caravan, Camping & Lifestyle Show cancelled yesterday due to torrential rains.

FEBRUARY 10:
Illawarra South Coast NSW SES reports that Lake Illawarra has broken its banks and is inundating Oaklands caravan park, Jettys Caravan park, Oasis resort and South Pacific Village.

FEBRUARY 9:
NSW's Upper Hunter Shire Council is looking for a "caravan park attendant" to manage and maintain its Merriwa Caravan Park.

FEBRUARY 8:
Wang Wauk Rest Area on NSW's Pacific Hwy north of Coolongolook was still closed this afternoon due to 'police operation".

FEBRUARY 8:
Emergency services called to Ipswich Motorway near Progress Road west of Brisbane this afternoon after caravan overturned. Police said no one received treatment but no further details available.

FEBRURY 8:
Couple explains in local newspaper how they they decided to abandon plans for a holiday at popular caravan park on WA's Coral Bay after being quoted a staggering $1180 for four nights. Opted instead for eight nights ‒ with breakfast ‒ at resort in Thailand's Khao Lak ... at $997.

FEBRUARY 8:
Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares continue to slide, closing at a 12-month low of 0.310 yesterday.

FEBRUARY 6:
Two people taken to Horsham's Wimmera Hospital in Victoria after crash involving caravan and two trucks on Western Highway near Dadswells Bridge this afternoon.

FEBRUARY 6:
BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park in SA is throwing open its gates to the public tomorrow and Saturday and charging $15 entry for using an inflatable jumping castle and mini wedge slide. Kids will also be allowed to use the mini golf, bike and skate track, tennis court and games room.

FEBRUARY 6:
Ingenia Communities, which operates a chain of holiday and lifestyle parks, appoints Nhu Nguyen as joint company secretary following resignation of Vanessa Chidrawi.

FEBRUARY 6:
Stand-in night caretakers Stephen and Karen Phillips at Geralton's Belair Gardens Caravan Park in WA are raising a few smiles with the name of their caravan ... Two Shades of Grey!

FEBRUARY 5:
NSW politician Sonia Hornery was today moving a Notice of Motion in Parliament calling on Roads Minister Andrew Constance to reconsider his decision not to intervene in uproar over new higher tolls for vehicles towing caravans, boats and trailers on Sydney's M2 and M7 motorways. Reclassifications by Transurban have seen tolls for some caravanners soar by 300 percent.

Stolen Golden Eagle caravanFEBRUARY 4:
Caravan crooks have again been busy. This time they struck in the early hours at North Bendigo in Victoria, towing away a Golden Eagle Rambler from Norfolk Street. The single-axle caravan carried the registration number T92257. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

FEBRUARY 4:
Shares in Brisbane-based global RV rental and manufacturer Apollo Tourism and Leisure have nosedived, opening at a 12-month low of 0.335c today. The builder of the Windsor and Coromal brands of caravans last week warned shareholders to expect lower profits in the first half of the current financial year. After-tax profits were predicted to be around $10.5 million compared to $14.7 million in last year's first-half.

FEBRUARY 3:
Thieves made off with Roadstar GT Sport caravan, registration HRO 834, from Numurkah in Victoria. Last seen between Yarrawonga and Bundalong heading north on Murray Valley Hwy.

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