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April 2017



MAY 18:
Campers really are a happier bunch, according to a study by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. The "Real Richness" probe was intended to better understand the emotional and social benefits of camping and the value it provides for current and future generations of travellers.

Proposed RV site in George Town, TasmaniaMAY 18:
Caravan parks are hopping mad after Tasmania's George Town Council gave the green light for a new $3-a-night 50-site RV park. But Mayor Bridget Archer said the council could not consider the commercial interests of other businesses. The council has approved a development application from the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia for the members-only facility next to the local visitors' centre. It would be run by volunteers and cater for self-contained RVs only. Owner of the East Beach Tourist Park Theresa Plumstead accused the council of "colluding" with the CMCA and contravening non-planning related acts and legislation. Meanwhile, Low Head Tourist Park's Paul and Sarah Hickling said it seemed a mainland organisation had been given priority over local, rate-paying family-run businesses which employed local staff and used local services, trades and services.

MAY 17:
Caravan and bus accident caused traffic mayhem on NSW's Hume Highway at Mount Annan this morning. Emergency services at scene but no further details available.

MAY 17:
Hunt for 'missing' NSW family of four in Northern Territory called off after they made contact from 'remote' area in the Territory's south, police said today. "We would like to thank members of the community for their efforts in assisting to locate the Harvey family. Their welfare is no longer a concern," a spokesperson said.

MAY 16:
Police have appealed for help in tracing a NSW family travelling in a caravan through Australia's rugged outback. There are fears for the safety of the family of four which was last heard of in Alice Springs a week ago. Northern Territory Senior Sergeant Paula Dooley said Mac and Corinne Harvey, and daughters Holly and Madeline are travelling in a Silver Toyota LandCruiser towing a Jayco caravan. "It is believed that the family had their brakes fixed in Alice Springs and loaned a caravan fridge from an unknown service provider,” the officer said. "The family holds concerns for their welfare as they have not been in contact since they left." Police urge the family to make contact with relatives or police. Meanwhile, anyone who has seen the Harveys should ring police on 131 444.

Caravan disintegrates after Pacific Hwy smashMAY 16:
A caravan disintegrated into a thousand pieces in an spectacular crash on NSW's Pacific Highway early today. No one was injured in the accident at Topi Topi, about 240km north of Sydney. Pieces of the caravan were strewn across the highway's northbound lanes after a car slammed into its rear. No one was injured and police were investigating whether the car driver fell asleep before the collision.

MAY 15:
The 86-year-old Hervey Bay driver of the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 84-year-old female passenger was airlifted to Sunshine Coast Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A man and woman in the four-wheel-drive towing their Kedron caravan were not injured. EARLIER: Man dies and another two people injured in horrific crash involving caravan near Tiaro in Queensland. Reports said woman trapped. Vehicle towing caravan overturned into ditch at corner of Redbank and Netherby roads just off the Bruce Highway. Helicopter on way to crash site.

MAY 15:
Bundaberg Regional Council will host an information session on May 18 for local businesses to explain how they could benefit from October's Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia annual rally, when around 2000 members are expected to converge on the Queensland city.

MAY 15:
Insurers have refused to pay compensation after NSW's Greenhills Caravan Park at Murwillumbah was destroyed in the March floods. Devastated owners Jan and Graeme Bolton, who face a bill of over $1 million to fully re-open their business, said they had been with the insurance company since buying the park nearly 10 years ago. They have now been told their $9000-plus policy does not include floods. "We can't afford to get it up and running again," they told local media.

Hen invade Warrnambool caravan parkMAY 14:
A supply of free eggs at a Warrnambool caravan park in Victoria is apparently not all it's cracked up to be. Hundreds of hens regularly invade the BIG4 Hopkins River Holiday Park after escaping from a nearby farm. But the park's manager and guests are not happy, complaining that the novelty has worn thin. The invaders are scratching up gardens and leaving behind unsightly droppings which are now creating a 'fowl' smell around the 4.5-star 'pet-friendly' riverside park.

Majestic caravanMAY 12:
Police hunting a would-be grey nomad who stole a caravan and hit the road. The wanted man finally gave up his caravan meanderings when he abandoned the Majestic Knight at Queensland's Wuruma Dam west of Bundaberg. The caravan was stolen in Victoria about four weeks ago by a man who is understood to be well known to police.

MAY 12:
Traffic problems reported on the M1 at Rochedale south of Brisbane today after a caravan became unhitched. One lane of southbound lanes closed.

Charred remains of the caravan at ThornburyMAY 12:
Two Queensland men taken to hospital after their car smashed into parked caravan in Victoria, both vehicles erupting in a mass of flames. The spectacular crash happened about 1am on Clarendon Street at Thornbury and brought local running from their homes. "Pretty scary being woken by the bangs of exploding gas and looking out the window to huge flames," said one. They claimed the Jayco Heritage caravan was regularly parked at the spot. The two 24-year-old men managed to scramble clear of their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sedan before it was enveloped in flames. They received minor injuries and were taken to hospital. It is thought the caravan's gas bottles could have exploded after the impact.

MAY 11:
An electrical fault is believed to have caused blaze which destroyed a caravan at a Victorian roadside last night. The caravanner leapt from his tow vehicle after seeing smoke billowing from his Jayco, but there was little he could do as it erupted into a fireball. The drama happened at the junction of Limestone Road and Midland Highway, Guildford. A Country Fire Service spokeswoman told Caravanning News the caravan was "fully involved" in fire when two fire crews arrived on scene. They later took the shocked but uninjured caravanner back to their station and gave him coffee as salvage crews cleared the wreckage.

Mt Bundy Tourist ResortMAY 11:
Northern Territory's Mt Bundy Station Tourist Resort on the banks of Adelaide River south of Darwin is on the market for $1.98 million. Established in 1911, the historic station offers a unique farm stay experience with a range of accommodation options. The resort's camping and caravan facilities include 20 powered and "unlimited" unpowered sites.

MAY 10:
NSW-based award-winning Kimberley Kampers has shed 16 jobs as orders for its camper-trailers plummet. The Ballina company has retained 56 workers, including apprentices and trainees.

MAY 9:
Australia's peak caravanning body will release five new research reports during its three-day national conference which opens on the Gold Coast tomorrow. With the theme 'Expanding Our Horizons', the Caravan Industry Association of Australia event at Jupiters Hotel and Casino will attract delegates from all over the country. Sessions will include current trends in industry research and working towards industry compliance. Delegates will also discuss where the industry is heading.

Overturned caravan, TownsvilleMAY 9:
Two people taken to hospital after a caravan and Toyota LandCruiser overturned on northbound lanes of Woolcock Street, Townsville, early this morning. Reports said the twin-axle Coromal and Toyota jackknifed before colliding with another car and ending up in the median strip drain. Fire crews removed gas bottles from the badly damaged caravan before steel ropes were used to lift it and the LandCruiser back on their wheels.

MAY 9:
Australian Caravan Club and Caravan Council of Australia sign 12-month memorandum of understanding which will provide substantial support for the club and members in areas of RV construction, compliance and maintenance.

MAY 9:
Man, 39, critical after alleged one-punch assault at Jurien Bay caravan park north of Perth. Geraldton police said 29-year-old man charged.

MAY 8:
Rumour suggests that major caravan dealers Kratzmann and Clint's Caravan Warehouse in south-east Queensland may be taken over by stock exchange-listed Apollo Tourism & Leisure. Apollo shares, which stood at $1.31, went into a trading halt today "pending the release of an announcement" by the company. Apollo chief executive Luke Trouchet told Caravanning News he was unable to comment. "But I will be in a position to tomorrow," he said. There was no response from Kratzmanns.

MAY 8:
Dimboola Riverside Caravan Park in Victoria will soon offer pontoon facilities for guests. Hindmarsh Shire Council has approved the 10-metre by 3.3-metre facility which will include a submerged platform to aid the launching of kayaks and canoes. Local mayor Debra Nelson said the pontoon would be welcomed by the many guests who arrived at the park with kayaks and canoes.

Star RatingMAY 7:
Australian Tourism Industry Council to take over the Star Ratings program on July 1. Operated by Australian Motoring Services since 1950s, the program provides accommodation providers, including caravan and holiday parks, with an internationally recognised symbol for quality standards.

MAY 6:
Ferocious dog which attacked two canines and killed another at a Sunshine Coast caravan park shot dead by police. Guests at Mooloolaba Beach holiday park in Parkyn Parade looked on in horror as policeman fired three shots at the animal, which was not wearing a collar. Microchip led officers to owner who could face charges.

MAY 5:
Sydney's recent Caravan, Camping & Holiday Supershow at Rosehill Racecourse has been hailed a huge success, with more than 60,000 people passing through the gates for the six-day event. Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW chief executive Lyndel Gray said it reflected the "strong engagement" being experienced across NSW, where there has been a 19 percent increase in nights spent either caravanning or camping during the past year.

MAY 5:
South Australia's District Council Mt Remarkable has launched a six-month trial allowing self-contained caravans and other RVs to stay for one night at Hancock's Lookout near Wilmington. This follows an online 708-signature petition also calling for the townships of Port Germein, Wirrabara, Melrose and Wilmington to be made RV-friendly. Camping at the lookout will only be permitted outside the declared fire season and not on any declared fire ban day. Campfires will be permanently banned.

Seal Rocks caravan and tourist parkMAY 5:
With $7.5 million currently being spent on upgrades, North Coast Holiday Parks' Seal Rocks caravan and tourist park in NSW is a finalist in tonight's Mid Coast Business Awards Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality category. Park managers Katrina and Stephen Cawley are thrilled by the finalist nod, calling it great recognition of their work over the past five years. "Winning this award would be an amazing achievement and recognition for all the hard work and passion that our team shares for the industry and our beautiful area," Katrina said.

MAY 4:
Victorian Caravan Parks Association welcomes State Budget’s increase in tourism funding. "It is critical that tourism infrastructure and businesses are supported to grow and develop in line with consumer expectations," chief executive Elizabeth White commented.

MAY 4:
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has called for immediate action to help residents of Gateway Lifestyle Tweed Shores and Chinderah Lake caravan parks who face eviction tomorrow. Their homes were declared uninhabitable and a health risk after being swamped with sewage and floodwater during recent floods.

MAY 4:
Trending: Our news story on truckie Rod Hannifey launching a survey asking grey nomads how road safety could be improved has already notched up a new readership record, attracting 3570 readers during the first two days of May's Caravanning News.

MAY 4:
Caravanners and other RVers will be given free overnight sites at Port Hedland's racecourse when the town's three caravan parks are three-quarters full. The local council also plans to appoint a camp host/caretaker.

MAY 3:
Victoria-based Billabong Custom Caravans is looking for someone to handle customer queries regarding warranties, to liaise with suppliers and for general administrative duties. The pay range is from $40,000 to $54,000 and the successful applicant must be located in the Melbourne northern suburb of Campbellfield where the Billabong factory is located.

Memorial ParkMAY 2:
Rogue grey nomads in caravans and motorhomes have been illegally plugging into power points at Nyngan's Flood Memorial Park in NSW. Bogan Shire Council general manager Derek Francis said power at the free camping area had now been disconnected. "It appears that the measures council undertook to prevent access to power had not been totally successful," he reported.

MAY 1:
Accident involving car towing caravan on southbound lanes of Queensland's Bruce Highway at Burpengary north of Brisbane added to holiday-traffic woes this afternoon. Traffic was brought to a standstill and stretched for about 10km as long-weekend holidaymakers struggled home. One report said it took emergency crews nearly an hour to reach the multi-vehicle accident because of the traffic gridlock. One woman taken to hospital in Brisbane but it is not known whether she was a caravanner.

MAY 1:
Boy with burns to hand and arm was rushed by ambulance to Queensland's Gypmie Hospital with mother after he fell into campfire at Inskip Point.


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