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November 2017


LNP candidate Jason Costigan has promised $200,000 to fund a new RV stopover in the rural sugar town of Proserpine if elected at the Queensland state election on Saturday.

A Queenslander sprang into action when he returned home to find an alleged thief rifling through his caravan parked in an open carport. The quick-thinking owner slammed shut the caravan door and locked it before contacting police, who quickly arrived at the scene in Newtown, Ipswich. A 37-year-old has been charged and will appear in court on November 30.

Victoria police investigating two robberies in which cash was stolen from RV and Caravan Centre at Warrnambool on the weekend.

Destination NSW is inviting expressions of interest from NSW regional tourism operators wanting to exhibit at next April's Caravan, Camping and Holiday Supershow in Sydney. Applications close November 24.

Spota appNOVEMBER 17:
Former Retreat Caravans salesmen Justin Borg and Matthew Kalanos have launched a novel new iOS and Android app which allows shy people to break the ice and introduce themselves by phone to someone nearby. The $250,000 Spota app venture is reported to have been partially financed by Retreat boss Senoll Kaptan.

Childers Road south of Bundaberg in Queensland blocked after incident involving caravan and its tow vehicle.

Facebook-based pressure group Lemon Caravans & RVs in Aus is calling on Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath to instigate a State Government inquiry into the "operation and effectiveness" of Queensland Office of Fair Trading in enforcing consumer laws. Group administrator Tracy Leigh claims the lack of enforcement is leaving buyers of faulty RVs tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket and "emotionally distressed".

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont has been appointed treasurer of Australian Regional Tourism and is among nine new board members to be elected.

Australia's biggest online chat site for caravanners and other RVers -- the Caravaners Forum  -- has decided it will donate $750 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 2018 ... its sixth successive year of supporting the service.

Aspen Group has exchanged conditional contracts to buy Darwin FreeSpirit Resort on the NT's Stuart Hwy for $19.5 million, it was announced today.

CMCA RV Park on the Bruce Highway at Ingham in Queensland has now closed for the summer's hot and wet season. It is hoped reopen the popular rest area in late March.

Rivershore poolNOVEMBER 12:
A young boy pulled unconscious from the water at a Queensland caravan park yesterday has fully recovered. The four-year-old was rushed to Nambour Hospital after the drama at the Sunshine Coast's BIG4 Rivershore Resort on David Low Way, Diddillibah. It is believed his father found him in the pool and another camper performed CPR on the boy before emergency crews arrived. A spokesperson at the park today told Caravannning News the youngster was now out of hospital and with his family there. He declined to comment further. Police said when they arrived at the park ambulance officers were already on the scene and the boy was conscious and breathing.

Emergency services at scene of accident involving car and caravan on NSW's New England Highway 2km north of Scone this afternoon. No further details available.

Caravan Parks Association of Queensland is looking for a membership support officer to recruit, retain and support over 400 caravan parks and suppliers in the Sunshine State. It also wants a part-time administration assistant.

Hahndorf resort and tourist parkNOVEMBER 11:
Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park scored the double at last night's 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards in Adelaide. It received the prestigious Premier's Award for Service Excellence which recognises the finalist across all categories who has demonstrated the most outstanding customer service. It was also named South Australia's best caravan and holiday park.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday ResortNOVEMBER 10:
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort scooped gold in the Queensland Tourism Awards caravan and holiday parks category tonight. It now goes on to compete in the national Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Perth next February. Operated by the McKinnon family for 24 years, the park is now officially a Queensland Hall of Fame member. Well respected throughout the Sunshine State, it offers tourists and holidaymakers a full range of accommodation from campsites to luxury self-contained villas. Bronze award winner was Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park.

Melrose caravan parkNOVEMBER 10:
Mount Remarkable District Council in SA is seeking a manager for Melrose Caravan Park. Applications close on November 30. Meanwhile, it is spending $12,000 on installing television outlets and cables at the park.

Sunland recallNOVEMBER 9:
Sunland has recalled its Patriot caravans fitted with a front storage box because of a possible fire risk. Affected models have holes in the vertical dividers between sections of the external storage compartment where the caravan's gas cylinders are kept, thus breaching gas regulations. They were sold between July 8, 2015, and July 20, 2017. The recall warns that gas could leak into other sections of the storage compartment, posing a possible fire risk. Owners have been advised to remove potential ignition sources such as batteries, torches or lighters from adjacent compartments and contact Sunland on 07 5499 2250 to arrange for a cover plate to be fitted over the holes.

Greater Shepparton City Council in Victoria is looking for an "experienced company" to manage Victoria Lake Caravan Park for 12 months while it finds a longer-term operator.

Owners of Gunnedah Tourist Caravan Park in NSW offering a 30-year lease for $535,000.

A new camp site has opened at Broken Hill to entice tourists. Starview Primitive Campsite offers 15 unpowered caravan sites and eight tent sites, with disability-friendly toilet and shower facilities and a sheltered barbecue area. Stays are limited to two nights and cost $10 per person per night. The idea for a basic campsite at the Living Desert was originally floated by the park's Ranger, Darrell Ford, in 2010 and has slowly taken shape over the last seven years.

NRMA Parks & Resorts has acquired the picturesque 140-site Woodgate Beach Tourist Park in Queensland. It now owns and manages 38 parks nationwide. The park, south of Bundaberg, is popular with grey nomads. NRMA Parks & Resorts last week bought Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park in NSW. Chief executive Paul Davies said the Woodgate park was one of Australia' s "hidden treasures" located along some of the country's most remarkable beachfront.

Thieves made off with a $500 Waeco fridge when they struck at Torquay Caravan Park on Queensland's Fraser Coast.

Richmond's Lakeview Caravan Park won top honours in the Outback Queensland Tourism Awards Caravan and Holiday Park category. Over​ ​250​ ​tourism​ ​representatives​ ​assembled in​ ​Cloncurry​ for the awards.

Ute towing caravan involved in accident on Hunter Exp Branxton at Wine Country Drive, NSW, this afternoon. Emergency services at the scene and one of two southbound lanes closed. No further details available.

Draft plans are being prepared for RV rest area facilities at Cardwell and Innisfail Showgrounds. They will be considered at a Cassowary Coast Regional Council committee meeting next February.

Rest area near Teven interchange on NSW's Pacific Hwy south of Ballina now out of bounds to caravanners wanting to stay for more than 24 hours. Roads and Maritime Services have erected No Camping signs reminding travellers the facility is a "a designated rest area and not a camping area".

In an effort to drive a better understanding of federal obligations within the caravanning and camping industry, Caravan Industry Association of Australia is running a one day Federal Technical & Regulatory Industry Symposium aimed to update the industry on current issues of importance. The event will be held on November 9 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.

Police in South Australia are investigating the theft of tools and electrical items from a caravan at Monash. The property includes a Makita torque wrench, Ozito chainsaw, Makita hand drill, Galaxy notepad with words engraved on the rear, 30 watt Roland guitar amp, mobile telephone, black Ibanez electric bass guitar and a white/cream SX electric guitar. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on free-call 1800 333 000.

Caravan overturnsNOVEMBER 1:
Northbound lanes of NSW's Pacific Highway at Ryans Road, Lake Innes, blocked after caravan rolled today. Emergency services attended but no one believed injured. Traffic said to stretch 3km from accident site.


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