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July 2017



JULY 27:
Dozens of tight-fisted grey nomads have copped a caning after using a Queensland rest area. At least 60 caravans flooded into the Duaringa facility on the Capricorn Highway, west of Rockhampton, for an overnight stay this week. But, despite notices inviting gold coin donations from travellers, the local information office reported that only a paltry $5 was deposited in the honesty box. "Just goes to prove that some caravanners are out for everything they can get for nothing," one angry nomad told Caravanning News. "I reckon all the claptrap about them spending big in RV-friendly towns should be taken with a pinch of salt."

JULY 27:
Two travellers have landed themselves in trouble with the law after swimming naked next to a Queensland caravan park. They were caught frolicking in the noddy in the hot springs adjoining the Innot Hot Springs Leisure & Caravan Park on the Kennedy Highway between Mt Garnet and Ravenshoe. The 30-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were issued with infringement notices for committing a "public nuisance".

JULY 26:
Caravanners have been warned to beware of the steep camber of a Queensland town's main road. A caravan became the latest victim in Rosewood's John Street after it scraped a shop front. High vehicles are prone to the danger due to the high crown of the shopping street.

Goldstar caravansJULY 20:
Goldstar RV is recalling some of its caravans because of safety fears. The announcement was made today by Product Safety Australia. The South Australian caravan company has warned that the structural longevity of drawbars is "uncertain" on some models built with an aluminium frame because there are no strengthening gussets. "This could lead to potential failure of the drawbar, posing a potential risk for road users," it says. Goldstar said affected owners were being contacted. Goldstar RV will send affected owners additional gussets and arrange for them to fitted by an approved caravan repairer. The gussets will need to be given to the caravan repairer. For further information owners can contact Goldstar RV on 08 8186 7040 or email the company at

JULY 20:
Port Macquarie's Lighthouse Beach Caravan Park in NSW is mourning the loss of one of its oldest residents ... Geobbrie the Koala, who was hit and killed by a car this week.

JULY 20:
Asbestos has been discovered at Katoomba Falls Caravan Park in NSW's Blue Mountains, it has been revealed. The potential killer material was found in the internal walls of the men's toilets and in the ceiling lining of the cleaner's cupboard. But a spokeswoman at the 61-site park assured Caravanning News that the award-winning park was "safe".

JULY 20:
Shares in Perth-based Coromal and Windsor caravans manufacturer Fleetwood Corporation continue to climb, reaching a one-year high of $2.67 at close of business yesterday.

Stolen caravan from GlenelgJULY 19:
Sturt police in South Australia have appealed for public help after the theft of a Coromal Magnum caravan from Glenelg North. Thieves used their own vehicle to tow away the pop-top sometime between 12pm on July 15 and 12pm on the 17th. The caravan, with South Australian registration plate S496TAR, was stolen from the front yard of a Patawolonga Frontage house where it was parked. Police have asked people who see the caravan or has information about its whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

JULY 19:
Owners of large dogs or multiple pets needn't apply for the jobs on offer at WA's Busselton Jetty Tourist Park (formerly Kookaburra Caravan Park). The council-owned 162-site park is advertising for an "enthusiastic and hardworking hands-on management couple and offering a salary package of $115,000 plus super, an on-site two-bedroom furnished home and two days off a week. But its advertisement warns that applicants with a small pet "may" be considered, ädding: "Sorry, no large dogs or multiple pets." Guests' dogs are allowed on leads.

Lotto ballsJULY 19:
A NEW South Wales grey nomad is celebrating a near one-million dollar Gold Lotto win. She joins a lucky band of travelling caravanners who have come up trumps with a lotto flutter. The identity of the latest winner is being kept secret but she is said to be "ecstatic" with her $985,744.11 windfall in last Saturday's draw. "It’s amazing! I’m so happy!" the excited traveller said. She bought her winning QuickPick at a Prosperpine newsagency in Queensland and realised she had scooped a Division One win while checking her ticket at a nearby caravan park.

JULY 18:
Councillors will tomorrow consider whether to give the go-ahead for a water park and other upgrades at Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park in NSW.

JULY 18:
Bailey Caravans has launched its second factory-owned dealership at Slacks Creek in Brisbane. "We are pleased to welcome Karen Garbutt as dealer principal, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bailey group," the company said.

JULY 18:
Man facing court today on assault and wilful damages charges after late-night fracas at Cairns caravan park in Woree left security guard and two police officers with bruising.

Cobb & Co Caravan ParkJULY 14:
Charleville's Cobb & Co Caravan Park in Queensland's south-west is on the market. "With increasing interest and investment in Australia's Outback tourism industry, now would be a wise time to consider this excellent freehold property in the heritage town," its advertising material says. "This caravan and cabin park has been extensively upgraded over the last three years, leaving virtually nothing to spend for the incoming owners." No figures are given, but it is "priced to sell".

JULY 13:
Car and caravan fire caused major traffic delays on Queensland's Bruce Highway at Federal north of Cooroy today. Caravanners escaped unharmed.

JULY 13:
Shares in Coromal and Windsor caravans manufacturer Fleetwood continue to rise, closing yesterday at a year-high of $2.56.

Apollo motorhomeJULY 13:
Australian tourism and leisure company Apollo, founded in a humble backyard in Brisbane in the mid-80s, today revealed it has completed its acquisition of Canadian recreational vehicle rental and sales company, Canadream. It already had overseas operations in New Zealand and the US.

JULY 13:
Caravan sales continue to surge ahead, according to statistics released by Caravanning Queensland. Figures reveal that this year's sales are already showing strong signs with almost 600 registrations in March, well above the corresponding month last year. Production statistics for towable and motorised RVs increased by 0.8 percent since March, 2016.

JULY 13:
Port Gregory Caravan Park boss Tim Hay has told how he shepherded a stranded baby humpback whale back to deeper waters in a two-and-a-half-hour struggle near his park in Western Australia. "It's not your average day running the caravan park, that's for sure," he told local media.

JULY 12:
Police are probing a series of thefts at Victoria's Anglesea Caravan Park on the Surf Coast.

Planned caravan park at Burua rejectedJULY 11:
Gladstone Regional Council in Queensland has rejected plans for a proposed caravan and relocatable home park on land at 72 Old Bruce Highway, Burua. Parks (WA) Pty Ltd had planned to provide 394 powered sites and 37 villas/cabins. Facilities would have included shops, restaurant, swimming and splash pools, BBQ area, two kitchen and amenities blocks, basketball and tennis courts, mini golf, dump point and an open air cinema. But at its recent meeting, the council accepted opponents' claims that the four-stage development would adversely impact on the surrounding community and was not in keeping with the rural character of the area.

JULY 11:
Unoccupied caravan at Teralba Lakeside Caravan Park in NSW destroyed by fire today. Police investigating, but cause not thought to be suspicious. circumstances.

Military Jetty Caravan ParkJULY 11:
Mystery surrounds the future of the Military Jetty Caravan Park on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Owners of the waterfront park at Golden Beach are remaining tight-lipped after a sign revealed it had been sold as a development site and was under contract. Permanents at the park, which is popular with weekend fishermen, say they have been left in the dark and are worried about their future.

JULY 10:
Two grey nomads escaped with minor injuries when their 4WD and Retreat caravan rolled on Queensland's Bruce Highway south of Nambour.

JULY 10:
Campfire embers blamed for midnight caravan blaze at NSW's Tathra Beach Motor Village in which father and 9yo daughter suffered burns. Embers set fire to tree and the flames spread to the caravan which was destroyed.

Caravan crashes caused mayhem on the Bruce and Pacific highways today. Police said the Pacific Hwy's northbound lanes at Bulahdelah in NSW were blocked after an accident involving a car and caravan. Emergency crews attended but no further details were available. Meanwhile, a 65yo traveller was rushed to hospital after her 4WD and caravan careered off the Bruce Hwy's southbound lanes at Elimbah north of Caboolture in Queensland. The accident caused severe traffic congestion as holidaymakers returned home on the last day of school holidays.

Police investigating suspicious fire which destroyed a caravan on the Midlands Hwy at Mangalore in Tasmania. They particularly want to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage or were driving in the area between 5.45pm and 7pm, yesterday.

Mingo CrossingJULY 8:
Queensland State Government will join forces with North Burnett Regional Council to provide glamping facilites at Mingo Crossing caravan park and campsite on the banks of the Burnett River. They will pour nearly $2.5 million into the project at the recreation area 125km west of Bundaberg. There are currently 12 powered caravan sites as well as a camping ground, kiosk and large undercover barbecue areas. The State Government's contribution will come from its Building our Regions program.

Nova CaravansJULY 8:
After finishing runner-up in last year's awards, Nova Caravans was "honored and overwhelmed" last night to be chosen as the 2017 Caravan Trade & Industries Association of Victoria's Caravan & RV Manufacturer of the Year. The association represents over 200 caravan and RV brands and held its annual awards ceremony at Melbourne's Crown Casino. Current holder of the award New Age Caravans was knocked into second place.

CookerJULY 7:
A Queensland fireman has urged campers to be careful when using portable gas cookers. The warning comes after a camper was injured when a cooker exploded at the Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds near Gympie. Fire officer Chester Penfold said he had attended three separate incidents involving the appliances in the last six months. "User error was the cause in all cases," he said on Facebook. "These stoves were two old models and one new. The common mistake has been using the product too close to another heat source, causing the cylinders to expand, rupture and ignite. Please, when using these portable cookers use them away from other heat sources in a well ventilated position and abide by user guidelines of pot size. The gas in these cylinders can expand by 270 times when heated, which is why they can cause such terrible injuries. Be safe campers and if in doubt throw them out."

Man taken to hospital after stabbing at Nambour caravan park in Queensland. Police said 46yo man suffered leg wound at the park on Nambour Connection Road. His alleged 49yo attacker will appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on August 2 charged with unlawful wounding and entering dwelling with intent.

Big fishJULY 6:
The fish have been on the bite ... and Mann River Caravan Park's Curtis Parker can prove it. He recently landed this whopper 1.02 metre Murray Cod while taking a breather from his hectic life running the park on the banks of the Mann River at Jackadgery, on the Gwyder Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes.

Police believe carbon monoxide fumes could have killed camper at NSW caravan park. Emergency services went to the commercial camping area at Narrabri in state's north-west following concerns for the welfare of the 54-year-old camper. Police said they man's body was found in a single-person tent. "We are investigating all lines of inquiries, including the possibility the man died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a small bottled gas butane heater found inside the tent," a spokesperson said. A report will be prepared for the Coroner. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Former Caravan Industry Association of WA chief executive and Tourism WA regional manager Simon Glossop has been formally endorsed as the Nationals WA new state director.

Australian Caravan Club chairman Craig Humphrey with his Lotus caravanJULY 5:
Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members who own Lotus caravans now have a special 'in-house' group of their own. The club-within-a-club has been formed after several ACC members attended a Lotus Caravan Owners' muster last weekend. ACC now has six 'special interest groups' within its ranks, including former and current Defence Force members, full-time travellers and owners of English caravans. "Catering to the interests of all RVers is important and something our club feels strongly about," ACC chairman and Lotus caravan owner Craig Humphrey (pictured) said.

Queensland's Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham has reportedly asked the Sunshine Coast Council to consider resurrecting the now closed Mooloolaba Beachfront Caravan Park in its foreshore redevelopment master plan for area. But the council points out that during consultations with locals, more than 70 percent supported relocating the park's 34 sites to allow for a world class oceanfront walk to Alexandra Headland, while over 60 percent asked for more car parking.

Perth Central Caravan Park, a member of the Top Tourist chain, is looking for an "exceptional digital marketing guru" to handle its online marketing and website.

Caravan destroyed after suspected arson attack at Blue Dolphin Caravan Park in Yeppoon, Queensland overnight. No one injured.

All sites at the Sunshine Coast's immensely popular Mooloolaba Beachfront Caravan Park were empty today. The iconic 34-site park with million dollar views over the South Pacific Ocean finally closed at the weekend after a long battle to keep it open. Even a 3241 signature petition and an application to the state's Heritage Council failed to save the holiday destination, used by generations of holidaymakers. The park will be bulldozed and used as a carpark until the local council turns the area into parkland and a public walkway.

Police were today still investigating yesterday's horror smash in which two caravanners in their mid-40s died in Western Australia. Their rig collided with a road train carrying cattle on the Great Northern Highway, about 150km south of Port Hedland. Two teenagers, believed to be related to the victims, were also in the 4WD and were taken to hospital as a precaution. The fatalities came only an hour after another caravanner received minor injuries near Marble Bar to the south. Debris was strewn over Marble Bar Road, forcing police to operate diversions. It is thought the caravanners were among the hordes of grey nomads and other travellers heading to the Marble Bar Races.


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