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August 2017



Free caravan safety checks signAUGUST 19:
Nearly a hundred caravans and other RVs are expected to be safety inspected at Toowoomba Showgrounds this weekend as a free service from Caravanning Queensland. The event is one of a series held in conjunction with Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Gas & Petroleum Inspectorate. Caravanning Queensland chief executive Ron Chapman told Caravanning News at a recent round of inspections that they were offered as a community service. "People really appreciate it," he said. "It's one of the best things we have ever done. There's absolutely no commercial advantage for us because it's a totally free service."

Stolen LandCruiserAUGUST 18:
Police were hunting a thief who broke into caravan at a Wonga Beach caravan park in Queensland and stole a set of car keys, which he used to steal the owner's 2005 Toyota LandCruiser utility. The vehicle is grey and was bearing the South Australia registration XPJ 214. It also has a full canopy fitted to the rear tray. The man is described as Caucasian aged 20 with an olive complexion, dark hair and brown eyes. He is about 165cm tall and of slim build.

Caravan rolls on Bruce HighwayAUGUST 18:
Two elderly caravanners suffered minor injuries when their rig careered out of control and rolled on the windswept northbound lanes of Queensland's Bruce Highway this afternoon. The accident happened at Chevallum near Forest Glen, south of the Sunshine Coast.

Five months after joining the board of Perth-based caravan builder Fleetwood, Stephen Boyle is resigning to become deputy president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Coromal and Windsor caravan builders Fleetwood Corporation has appointed Adrienne Parker to its board as a non-executive director. She is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and will take up her new role on August 23.

Painters Island caravan parkAUGUST 17:
Floodwaters hitting Painters Island Caravan Park at Wangaratta in Victoria as Ovens River levels rise. The local SES has issued a minor flood warning, fearing caravan parks in other low lying areas could also be affected after up to 40mm of rain fell in the region. It said the river was likely peak around 12.1 metres tomorrow. "Some low lying areas are already flooding - now is the time to move livestock and campsites around rivers and streams to higher ground, stay informed, know your flood risk, and NEVER drive through floodwaters," it warned.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia welcomes government announcement that it will introduce a Road Vehicle Standards Bill into parliament before the end of this year.

Mackay regional councillors in Queensland have invited the Australian Caravan Club to take part in the consultation phase of the draft Mackay Region RV Strategy, club chairman Craig Humphrey revealed today.

One person treated for smoke inhalation after fire destroyed caravan at Bauple on Queensland's Fraser Coast this afternoon.

Woman, 33, due to appear in court on drugs charges today after police raided van at Crows Nest caravan park near Toowoomba in Queensland.

String FamilyAUGUST 12:
A family of classically trained string players from Illawarra, who are "living the dream" in their 2015 23ft Jayco Whitehawke caravan imported from America, will perform at a Queensland caravan park. The String Family will entertain guests at a 'Happy Hour' kitchen concert at Poona Palms Caravan Park on the Fraser Coast on August 20. The musical gypsies have received numerous awards including the 2017 New Australian Celtic Talent of the Year, 2017 Australian Celtic Song of the year and the Australian National Busking Champions.

Caravan Trade & Industries Association Victoria is advertising for a full-time business advisor to help "shape the future" of the industry. "This role will assist our members improve their businesses through sound business advice and improvement programs," its advert says.

Victoria's Donald Lakeside Caravan Park has been taken over by the local football club after the state government gave the thumbs up. The rental arrangement with Buloke Shire Council will be reviewed after 10 years.

The 58-site Pine Country Caravan Park at Mount Gambier in SA, a member of the Family Parks group, is on the market for $580,000 leasehold.

Man, 44, charged with comitting alleged public nuisance at Queensland's Bellara Caravan Park on Bribie Island. He will appear at Caboolture Magistrates Court on August 29.

Donna SteeleAUGUST 9:
Police are continuing their inquiries into the murder of a Cooktown, Queensland, caravan park cleaner. Divers were today searching waters at remote Leggett's Crossing in Endeavour Valley Road where the body of Donna Steele was found. The 42-year-old-mother-of-two was a cabin cleaner at Cooktown’s Peninsula Caravan Park. Police have appealed for anyone with dashcam footage shot in Cooktown or near the crossing at about the time Ms Steele disappeared last Wednesday to contact them.

Australian Caravan Club officials to hold industry workshop for South Burnett businesses in Queensland on September 5 to explain the economic benefits from welcoming RV travellers.

Crocodile warning signAUGUST 8:
Guests at the pet-friendly Boyne Island Caravan Park south of Gladstone in Queensland were taking extra care of their furry travelling companions after they were warned of reported crocodile sightings in the adjoining river. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's Crocwatch site said warning signs had also been deployed. Wildlife officers were assessing the situation.

The DawsonsAUGUST 7:
A road train driver involved in a WA horror smash in which two caravanners in their 40s (pictured) died has been charged. Lara and Mark Dawson's two teenage sons survived the June 30 crash. The 47-year-old truckie, whose cattle-laden vehicle collided with their caravan as it approached road works on the Great Northern Highway, about 150km south of Port Hedland, faces two counts of dangerous driving causing death and three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He is due to appear in the South Hedland Magistrates Court on August 28. An online GoFundMe appeal to support the orphaned youngsters from Tom Price has raised $70,000 more than its intended $5000 target.

Police today reported having found the Jayco caravan stolen last week from Mornington in Tasmania, but gave no further details.

Caravan and truck stolen in TasmaniaAUGUST 6:
Crooks made off with a caravan and truck when they struck in Tasmania. Police have now appealed for public help in their bid to track down the thieves. They want anyone who has seen the 2012 22ft Jayco or distinctive truck to contact them. The vehicles were stolen from a Mornington, Hobart, business sometime between Thursday and Saturday. The thieves also made off with power tools. Anyone with information should call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

Woman missing from Cooktown caravan park in QueenslandAUGUST 6:
Police investigating the disappearance of 42-year-old woman from a Queensland caravan park today located a body. Donna Louise Steele (pictured) was at a Parkinson Street caravan park in Cooktown on Tuesday and was last seen at a local independent supermarket the following day. Around 5.20am today, police went to Leggett's Crossing in Endeavour Valley Road where they found a woman's body. A crime scene was declared and detectives and specialist police attended. Police said they were treating the woman's death as suspicious and have set up an investigation centre at Cairns. "Investigations are ongoing and detectives are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward," a spokesperson said.

Poona Palms Caravan Park owner Pauline Wallace had a lucky escape when a car smashed into the bistro where she was having lunch with a group of friends celebrating a woman's 91st birthday. Several people received minor injuries as the vehicle ploughed into tables and chairs during the drama at Maryborough's Old Sydney Hotel on Queensland's Fraser Coast. Police later interviewed the elderly female driver who may have hit the accelerator by mistake.

Evans Head Holiday Park in NSW was named Business of the Year at therecent Richmond Valley Business Awards. It also won the Hospitality, Tourism and Cultural Events category.

Overturned caravan on Bruce HwyAUGUST 3:
Caravanners escaped serious injury when their rig rolled on the Bruce Highway at Guthalungra north of Bowen, Queensland, this afternoon. Caravan wrecked and highway reduced to one lane.

Over 80 members of Australian Caravan Club heading to Tara festival and camel races on Queensland's Western Downs this weekend.

Gateway Lifestyle Group announces it will release its full-year financial results on August 30.

A couple's caravan was destroyed by fire on Katherine's information centre carpark in NT today. Part of the Stuart Highway was closed as firemen fought the inferno. The Victorian grey nomads, who had travelled from Darwin, managed to unhitch their tow vehicle and drive it to safety before the single-axle caravan became a fireball, sending a plume of black smoke into the air. It is understood they were shopping when the ageing caravan caught fire. It is not known what caused the outbreak.

Product Safety Australia has issued a recall after fears over the reliability of wireless breakaway systems fitted to some caravans. Wireless Automation Systems' Tow Secure engages a caravan's brakes to help bring it to a standstill in the event of it becoming detached from the tow vehicle.. But an intermittent fault could cause some switches to fail, the recall warns. "The distance the caravan takes to stop could be longer and the caravan may potentially collide with persons or property, causing injury and/or damage," it says. The device was sold nationally by Jayco Caravans and Coast to Coast between November 1, 2016, and May 31, 2017. All owners of affected caravan have been notified and asked to contact their nearest authorised dealer to arrange an inspection and replacement if necessary.

Ingenia Communities has acquired Sheldon Caravan Park at Eight Mile Plains in Brisbane for $25 million, it was revealed today. The park has 241 park-owned rental homes and 35 tourist cabins and $45-a-night powered sites, which will be converted into homes. Amenities include a swimming pool and barbeque area. Ingenia chief executive Simon Owen said the recent addition of Durack Gardens and Sheldon Caravan Park significantly increases Ingenia's presence in the tightly held Brisbane market.


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