Ingenia, which operates a chain of holiday and
lifestyle parks, reports a seven percent rise in revenue to $244.2m for the
financial year ending June 30. Earnings before interest and tax was $71.9m.
Chairman Jim Hazel said COVID-19 had dashed the company's expectations for
another record year. "Nevertheless, we were pleased with the group's results
which were underpinned by recurring rents," he said. "While our holidays
business continues to be impacted by border closures, forward bookings have
increased as restrictions ease, and we are well positioned to benefit as
Australians seek domestic holidays."
Camping is a 'real life classroom', according to the
caravan industry's Real Richness Report ... with 94 percent of
campers agreeing it teaches children important life skills.
High winds are being blamed for an accident on
southbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway's Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge in NSW
in which a caravan and tow vehicle jackknifed yesterday. The caravanners
were not injured.
The family-owned Oasis Tourist Park at Virginia south east of
Darwin has joined the Kui Parks chain.
Aussie country singer-songwriter Kevin Sullivan is
planning to hit the road full-time in a brand new custom-built caravan with
wife Belinda and their three young children. The former forensic police
crime scene investigator's 'SullyVan' is already under construction
at the Sunland Caravans factory in Caboolture, Queensland.
Nominations are now open for people wanting to join
the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's national board. Nominations
close on October 7. Stepping down are Nick Hunter (Trade), Donna Cocking
(Parks), Grant Wilckens (Parks) and Brad Slater (Trade). Not subject to
re-election this year are Martin Cotterell (Parks), Dennis Austin (Trade),
Chris Goddard (Trade), James Kelly (Parks) and Mark Lindsay (Parks).
Caravan Industry Association of Australia today
welcomed the announcement from the Morrison Government of a $250 million
regional Australia package, with $150 million specifically for tourism and
infrastructure projects to assist regional tourism. Chief executive Stuart
Lamont commented: "Caravan parks, for several years, have been developing
the accommodation experiences available which has brought new markets on
board and led to record numbers in 2019. This announcement from the
government will help businesses return faster to the lofty heights set in
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service says all
campgrounds in national parks now require a booking, including locations
previously available for use without one.
Federal Government to spend $100m on tourist
facilities across the nation, including camping grounds, to encourage
Australians to take domestic holidays.
A woman in her seventies and four-year-old girl died
when their sedan and a 4WD towing a camper trailer collided on NSW's
Northern Tablelands. Police are investigating the horror crash which
happened yesterday on Thunderbolts Way at Nowendoc. The 41-year-old 4WD
driver and his passengers ‒ a 48-year-old woman, two boys aged nine and 11
and two girls aged two and four ‒ were all treated at the scene by members
of the public, police and NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to
John Hunter Hospital.
Brisbane-based global RV renter and manufacturer of
Windsor and Coromal caravans Apollo Tourism and Leisure will hold a virtual
online annual general meeting on October 28.
No injuries reported after a caravan rollover on the
Landsborough Highway near Longreach this morning.
Man badly burned in caravan blaze at Dunn Street in
Biloela, Queensland, in the early hours.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
spokesperson told Caravanning News that it took
two fire crews about 40 minutes
to bring the outbreak under control. The man was
taken by ambulance to Biloela hospital. The cause of the blaze was being
NRMA Woodgate Beach Holiday Park near Bundaberg in
Queensland is seeking council approval to add 19 new caravan sites, two
ensuite cabins and a mini golf course.
One lane of NSW's Pacific Highway closed after
caravan accident near Telegraph Point.
Oasis Caravan Park at Kanwal on NSW Central Coast for
sale by expressions of interest. Agent CBRE Hotels says the 145-site park
has an annual turnover of about $1.1 million.
Man, 25, badly burned when caravan in which he was sleeping erupted into
flames on a property at Cobden, Victoria.
Some caravan parks in regional Victoria reporting
bumper bookings after COVID restrictions on travelling outside Melbourne
Seven men have now been charged with serious offences
after a man, 27, was shot in the leg during an altercation at an abandoned
far north Queensland caravan park on Evans Road, Bramston Beach, last
The Scenic Rim's popular Lake Moogerah Caravan Park
is to undergo a major facelift after receiving more than $2 million in
grants from the Queensland Government's COVID Unite and Recover Stimulus
Vehicle towing caravan rolled on Queensland's
Flinders Highway near Julia Creek this afternoon. No further information
Canberra's new Canberra Park tourist park now offers
73 RV sites following the completion of Stage 2 work.
The Apple Isle's Huon Valley Council has reminded
Tasmanians that its RV sites on council land at Franklin, Shipwrights Point
(Port Huon) and Geeveston are temporarily closed while planning approvals
and management arrangements are put in place. But it says that most Tasmania
Parks & Wildlife Service facilities have reopened, meaning people can use
the free camping sites in southern Tasmania's National Parks.
River Myall Holiday Resort at Bulahdelah in NSW named
as this year's highest rated park in the BIG4 chain.
South Australia's SES this afternoon warned visitors
in the state's northeast not to camp near creek beds which could flood as
heavy rains approach.
The 65-site Tuggerah Shores Caravan Park on the NSW
Central Coast, which reports an annual revenue of around $660,000, is on the
Ingenia Communities, which operates a chain of
holiday and lifestyle parks, has appointed Greg Hayes as an independent
non-executive director. Mr Hayes has over 30 years' experience in senior
executive roles in a range of industries, including property,
infrastructure, energy and logistics.
Some regional caravan parks and camping grounds in
Victoria will be able to reopen from midnight tonight. The state's
Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that bookings would be
restricted to only people living in regional areas. Groups will be
restricted to members of a single household, household bubble or "intimate
partners". The finer details were still being worked out. Meanwhile, police
will reportedly be checking every campervan and vehicle towing a caravan out
of the metropolitan area. They will also be patrolling regional caravan
parks and camping grounds.
"checking every vehicle" towing caravans, campervans, boats, jet skis
and those which were carrying fishing gear.
"There will be delays at these vehicle checkpoints. We need to do all we
can to ensure that people from the Melbourne metropolitan area do not
travel these regional areas."
Police would also be patrolling camping grounds, parks, boat ramps,
caravan parks and hospitality precincts in regional Victoria on the
lookout for anyone who was illegally in the area.
Corindi Beach Holiday Park north of Coffs Harbour in
northern NSW is celebrating after scooping the 2020 Tripadvisor
Travellers Choice Award, putting it in the top 10 percent of hospitality
businesses in the world.
Ballina Beach Village caravan park in NSW recently changed hands for more
than $3 million.
Queensland police are searching for caravanners who have lost
their bicycles and bike rack. They report the items fell from the back of a
caravan as it turned left from Livingstone Street into Herbert Street at
Bowen. One of the bicycles is a black and orange Fluid Grizzly mountain bike
with a large beach tyre on the rear. The second is a silver and dark blue
Trek 3700 mountain bike. If you are the owner of these items, your property
is waiting for you at the Bowen Police Station, simply quote reference
People have until September 26 to submit comments to Tasmania's Kentish
Council on a plan by Discovery Holiday Parks to invest $20m on building 74
new cabins and 51 new caravan and camping sites at its Cradle Mountain park.
The publishers of Camps Australia Wide, regarded as a bible for
budget travellers, have warned that NSW national parks have introduced
booking fees. It reports an increase in bookings for next year, with some
camps still closed due to COVID restrictions.
Two elderly travellers escaped unhurt after their 4WD towing
a caravan erupted in fierce flames at the top of the Toowoomba Range on the
Darling Downs. The vehicle was destroyed and caravan badly damaged.
Caravan loses wheel on Bundaberg to Mount Perry Road near SSS
strawberry fields in Queensland.
Two people taken to hospital after their caravan and tow
vehicle rolled on NT's Stuart Highway north of Elliot after being caught in
a strong gust of wind. No further details available.
Nova Caravans has four new dealerships ... Luxury RVs in
WA, Donehue's Leisure at Mt Gambia and Hamilton, and City Caravans at Cowra.
Ingenia, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday parks, will hold
its annual general meeting on November 10. Nominations for new directors
will close on September 17.
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has
given its support to today's R U OK? Day by reminding people they can look
after their mental health and wellbeing by taking a caravan or camping
holiday. "Not only do trips make campers happier, they also give people an
opportunity to connect with themselves and find their grounding, with 53
percent of women and 44 percent of men strongly agreeing that camping trips
enabled them to gather their thoughts," it says.
Police in WA express concern and urge caravanners to
take extra care after two rollovers this week.
Adelaide Plains Council has invited public
submissions over plans to make minor changes in conditions for overnight
camping at its Parham and Mallala reserves. They include a ban on returning
to the sites for 28 consecutive days.
Caravan broke free from its tow vehicle and crashed
on the Flinders Highway at Campaspe west of Charters Towers.
Grey nomad couple's caravan destroyed by fire at
Carcoar Dam recreation area in NSW's central west. The travellers and their
dog were reported to have escaped the inferno.
A dust reduction system for caravans on the move
designed by Camec, part of Fleetwood Corp, has scooped a prestigious Good
Design Award Gold accolade in Australia’s International Good Design Awards.
The selecting jury described its design as "really clever", adding:
"Sometimes smart solutions are the simplest. However, directing ram air
through a filtration system whilst keeping everything waterproof, dustproof
and insect free can be quite challenging."
Caravan parks on Queensland's remote Cape York
Peninsula report booming business as grey nomads and other travellers flood
into the area in an attempt to escape COVID-19.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner
following a fatal cabin fire at a Victorian caravan park overnight.
Emergency crews fought the inferno at the park on the
at Carrum Downs last night. Sadly a 63-year-old man, who is yet to be
formally identified, died at the scene. A crime scene has been set up and
the circumstances surrounding the fire are yet to be determined. An arson
chemist and fire investigators from the Arson Squad were at the scene this
Man, 56, will appear in court tomorrow after police
allegedly found loaded firearm and cannabis plants in his caravan on
Kohlhagens Reserve at Yarragundry, NSW.
Guests arriving at the Reflections Holiday Park at
Bonny Hills on the NSW mid-north coast will be greeted with 26 new premium
powered sites following a $370,000 investment. The finishing touches are
being made to the 11 new astro turf and 15 powered turf pitches.
"Caravanning or camping in a pristine coastal location far from the
anxieties of city life, is the most perfect holiday choice people can make
right now," Reflections chief executive Steve Edmonds said. "The sites are
levelled and are some of the best you will find in any caravan park across
gathering of Boroma caravan owners planned
for October 12-19 at Alstonville Showgrounds in NSW has been cancelled
because of the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event has been held every
year since Queensland-based Boroma Caravans, regarded as one of Australia's
most respected RV manufacturers, went belly-up in 2008. A group calling
itself the Boroma Roamers, has pledged to keep the brand name alive.
Toddler with serious injuries airlifted to children's
hospital in Brisbane after accident with a car at a Rainbow Beach caravan
park east of Gympie in Queensland. A spokeswoman at the Rainbow Beach
Holiday Park declined to comment when contacted by Caravanning News
Fire crews tackled blaze involving cabin at BIG4
holiday park in Port Augusta West. No injuries reported.
Two travellers escaped unhurt when their caravan
flipped on George Grey Drive, Kalbarri, WA, this morning.
Owner of Victoria's Euroa Caravan Park Kristy
Hourigan will battle for a place on her local Strathbogie Shire Council in
next month's council elections. She says: "The skills and attributes I used
to bring the caravan park to where it is today, are the same I will use when
I represent the community."
Caravan Parks Association of Queensland reports that
tourist parks in the state's south-west and Scenic Rim are experiencing low
demand, while others in the central and north-west are booming.
O'Reilly's Campground in Queensland's Lamington
National Park will reopen on September 18 after a multi-million dollar
upgrade. Improvements include a new amenities building, communal camp
kitchen and hub, 21 RV sites and 24 campsites, 17 safari tents, a fire pit
and gathering area.
Port Stephens councillors in NSW decided that no more
than 25 sites will be allowed at the proposed Twelve Mile Creek camping
grounds on The Buckets Way instead of the 50 applied for by the developer.
Maximum stay will be four consecutive nights.
Improvements at the Queen Street Caravan Park in
NSW's historic township of Uralla will make the park fit for the Royal
Family, according to local MP Adam Marshall. He made the observation while
announcing a $65,000 state government grant for the council-owned facility.
"Who needs Buckingham Palace when you can stay at the Queen Street Caravan
Park in Uralla?" he quipped.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia will urge
the Federal Government to consider the caravanning industry in its October
Budget. The association is pressing for rebates to buyers of new RVs and
matched funding opportunities for caravan parks to invest in refurbishments
or upgrades. The association estimates that every Australian-made RV creates
$335,000 in additional spending, with a large amount going to regional and
Cairns Regional Council in Queensland has reopened four
72-hour free camping grounds for caravanners and other travellers, but with
COVID-19 restrictions in place. They are Babinda Rotary Park (limited to 60
sites), Babinda Boulders (limit 15 sites), Bramston Beach (bookings
required) and Greenpatch, Gordonvale (limit 50 sites).
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has
added four new additions to the National Caravan Holiday Park Accreditation
Program – Imbil Camping Retreat (QLD), Warburton Holiday Park (VIC) Swansea
Holiday Park (TAS) and Tenterfield Lodge Caravan Park (NSW).
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