South Australia's Loxton Waikerie District Council
has decided to provide designated camping areas on the banks of the Murray
River at Holder Bend. Stays will be limited to seven days in any consecutive
21-day period and reserving sites with tents, chairs etc will be banned.
Shares in Apollo Tourism and Leisure, builders of
Windsor and Coromal caravans, soared by 12 percent to close at a 2021-high
of 37c yesterday.
Fleetwood has replied to speculation regarding a
"potential transaction" involving its RV Solutions division, which comprises
RV accessories company Camec and Melbourne-based caravan repairs and
services company Northern RV. "The company is currently undertaking a
strategic review on the RV Solutions division," it said in a statement to
shareholders today. "However, the process is in the preliminary stage and no
decisions have been made." RV
Solutions pulled in revenue of
$31.2 million in the first half of the 2021 financial year and $3.7 million
in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation,
according to Fleetwood’s half-year results. Fleetwood
held on to the division after offloading its loss-making Windsor and Coromal
caravan manufacturing operations to Brisbane-based Apollo for a mere $1
million "goodwill" in 2018.
Caravanners are reminded that new rules regarding the
passing of cyclists come into force in Victoria on April 26. They must be
given at least one metre clearance on roads with speed limits over 60km/h
and 1.5m when speed limits are higher. Under the updated rule, drivers can
briefly cross painted lines to give cyclists the space they need – including
solid lines, double lines, painted tram lane lines and painted islands – but
only when they have a clear view ahead and it is safe to do so.
Upper Hunter Shire Council in NSW accused of breaking
agreement with CMCA by not providing free 24hr to 48hr parking for RV
vehicles at Murrurundi
despite 'RV Friendly' signs.
Bulahdelah Lions Park free camping area off NSW's
Pacific Hwy north of Newcastle has received official permission to re-open
to self-contained RVs.
Thieves made off with a 2015 Supreme Executive from
the front of a house in the Plympton SA area. Registration number is
New figures from Australian public limited financial
technology company Zip Co shows caravan spending is up nearly 179 percent
compared to last year. "Caravan dealers are selling over double from this
time last year," chief operating officer Peter Gray said.
Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow hailed a "great success' after more than
61,000 people attended. It was the biggest turnout since the new six-day
format was introduced in 2017. "Our exhibitors were thrilled with the
customer engagement with many reporting record sales and strong demand as
people looked for products, services and inspiration for their next
holiday," Caravan & Camping Industry Association (NSW) chief executive
Lyndel Grey said.
Babinda Rotary Campground in Queensland has been
closed until further notice due to the increased risk of flooding associated
with recent wet weather. Cairns Regional Council said this follows the
closure of the Greenpatch camping ground in Gordonvale, as well as numerous
southern sporting fields including Petersen Park in Edmonton and Alley and
Johnson parks in Gordonvale plus Bill Wakeham Park in Babinda. Boulders RV
Park in Babinda and Bramston Beach Caravan Park remain open but the council
said it will continue monitoring these facilities and will provide further
updates should the situation change.
Tourism NT has launched a domestic marketing campaign
aimed at holidaying drivers: "It's nothing like your normal road trip". The
campaign will be active until the end of May and will primarily target the
domestic 50-plus travel market, with a secondary focus on potential
travellers aged 25-49. Deals from companies including Expedia, BIG4 caravan
parks, Nitmiluk Tours, Kakadu Tourism as well as car and motorhome companies
will be highlighted in the campaign.
Caravan reported to have rolled on Bruce Highway in two-vehicle accident
south of Rockhampton late yesterday.
Entrepreneurial insurance distribution and investment
company Envest has acquired Ken Tame and Associates. Formerly owned by
Allianz, Ken Tame specialises in insurance for recreational vehicles,
including caravans, motorhomes, campervans, slide-ons and fifth wheelers. As
part of the acquisition, it will now provide insurance cover for over 70,000
members of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia. In a statement,
the CMCA has assured members that Ken Tame and
Associates will continue to provide
"expert and professional service" in meeting their needs. "This member
benefit will give members the best value available. The after-sale service
when in time of need is the one element they pride themselves on," it said.
Four caravans from the Australian Caravan Club's
Lower Murray Gadabouts branch joined with members of the Travellers Chat
forum at Crystal Brook in South Australia for their annual Royal Flying
Doctor Service fundraising auction, which raised $4000. Items were donated
by local Adelaide businesses and individuals.
NSW's Crown reserves, including campgrounds, will
benefit from the new $41 million Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program
aims to improve health and safety and help them recover from the economic
impacts of COVID-19.
Arsonist blamed for blaze which destroyed an old caravan on Waratah Road in
Launceston's northern suburb of Rocherlea, Tasmania, last night.
Family-owned Victorian Jayco dealer Page Bros RV will
begin operating from its new location in South Road, Moorabbin, from April
27 after the government acquired land the company had owned for half a
Cressbrook Dam campground will be closed from April
19 while Toowoomba Regional Council undertakes improvement works which
includes replacing the communal camp kitchen.
Roadstar Caravans dubs the Sydney Caravan and Camping
Supershow as "amazing success" as visitors descend on their stand.
Police hunting missing campers Russell Hill and Carol
Clay will today move their search to Victoria's Mount Hotham area. The
couple has not been seen since March last year.
Police have urged owners to chain their bicycles
after a spate of thefts at caravan parks and camping grounds in NSW's Port
Queensland Ambulance has urged campers to take extra
care, stressing that most campfire burns are caused by contact with hot
embers "the morning after a fire".
Boy, 14, charged after allegedly creeping into
caravan at caravan park in Whylandra Street, Dubbo, and stealing Ford Ranger
keys before driving off ... all while the occupants slept.
WA's Tropical Cyclone Seroja has left a trail of devastation
and claimed one life after a 38-year-old was electrocuted in Coral Bay when
a caravan park's power pole fell in raging winds of up to 170kph. The
Anchorage Caravan Park in Grey St, Kalbarri, badly damaged but no injuries
reported. "I've never experienced anything in my life like we experienced
last night," manager Debbie Major told media. Northampton Caravan Park also
reported to have suffered some damage.
The finishing touches were being made today to the
Sydney Caravan Camping Holiday Supershow, which opens tomorrow at Rosehill
Racecourse. "It will not only be one of the biggest events held in 2021 so
far, it will be the ultimate destination for caravan and camping
inspiration," Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW chief executive
Lyndel Gray (pictured) said. "Given the pent up demand for both events and
travel, we expect this year's supershow to be as popular as ever and we have
a line-up to match that which includes more than 260 exhibitors showcasing
the latest in caravan and camping equipment, caravans, motorhomes,
campervans, slide-ons, camper trailers, tents, caravan and camping
equipment, 4WD and touring accessories."
Man, 42, critical after being found with stab wounds at a
caravan park on the state’s Central Coast today. Police said he suffered
several stab wounds to his neck and back and was airlifted to John Hunter
Hospital. They have appealed for anyone with information about the attack at
the park on The Entrance Road to contact them.
Caravanners and campers have only a few hours left to
flee Western Australia's mid-west before fierce Tropical Cyclone Seroja
and a tropical low make landfall. You are not safe and should seek safer
accommodation or leave now. "If you're in a tent or caravan, you are simply
not protected against the damaging winds that may hit the region," Acting
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Waters has warned.
Queensland Ambulance appeals to people camping at a
beach – or other outdoor locations - to ensure everyone has knowledge of the
beach access codes or track numbers and names in case of an emergency.
Aspen, which operates chain of lifestyle and holiday
parks, is advertising for its first operations manager to support the
management of its $200-plus million portfolio of properties.
The Australian Caravan Club has announced that
nominations for its 2021 Service Awards are now open and must be submitted
by August 1.
The disgruntled owner of a caravan has taken to the
online Caravaners Forum
for advice on taking legal proceedings against the manufacturer. "This has
been going on since 2015 and has left me with no choice other than start
legal proceedings," Larry ‒ a member of the forum since 2011 ‒ wrote in
Groovy's Campfire chat room.
Another large landslip has been reported on the beach
near the popular camping area at Inskip Point east of Gympie in Queensland.
Nominations for the caravan and holiday park category
of this year's Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, sponsored by the Caravan
Industry Association WA, will close on May 11.
Fire and Emergency Services are warning caravanners
and campers heading for Western Australia's north-west this weekend to
rethink their plans as a cyclone and tropical low head for the area and are
in danger of colliding. "If you're in a tent or caravan, you are simply not
protected against the damaging winds that may hit the region," Acting Fire
and Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Waters warned.
Low-lying coastal caravan parks near NSW's Richmond and
Wilsons rivers have been urged to monitor the rivers closely and prepare to
relocate as water levels rise.
Queensland's Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor
Mark Nolan believes work on upgrades to Tully and River Avenue caravan parks
will ensure the region is "well placed to attract new visitors to the
region". The area provided an experience like no other ... away from the
crowds where visitors could reconnect with nature and make memories to last
a lifetime, he said. "Our regional landscape with natural attractions such
as the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef on our doorstep provide an
opportunity for a truly unique visitor experience," he added. Applications
from potential caretakers/managers at the two caravan parks have now closed.
An Adelaide woman who scooped $50,000 with her Keno
ticket says she might buy a caravan to travel Australia and "never return
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia
recently discussed key issues with federal government policymakers, in
Canberra. Chief executive Stuart Lamont and industry insights and government
relations executive Hugh Fitzpatrick met more than 20 individual decision
makers within the federal government to highlight the importance of the
caravan industry and the role the sector is playing in regional Australia's
recovery in 2021. This included meeting deputy Prime Minister Michael
McCormack who, the CIAA says, continues to be ''a strong ally for the
Caravan Parks Association of Queensland
will hold its annual conference at the Gold Coast's RACV Royal Pines on May
4 and 5.
Fleetwood, operators of RV accessories company Camec
and Melbourne-based caravan repairs and services company Northern RV, has
appointed a new chief executive officer. Bruce Nicholson will take up the
position on July 1, replacing Brad Denison who resigned last November. A
civil engineer, he was chief executive officer and managing director of Waco
Kwikform Group. Fleetwood described Mr Nicholson as "a highly credentialled
senior executive with substantial experience delivering results in
challenging environment across Australia and New Zealand and on projects in
North America and Europe". The value of shares in Fleetwood rose after the
Travellers in Victoria will benefit from better phone
connectivity thanks to the rollout of more than 200 mobile base stations
around the state.
Members of NSW's Deniliquin Fire and Rescue collected
$2600 for charity from Easter revellers staying at local caravan parks.
Reports say Jayco, whose sales are booming at the
moment, has pulled out of all caravan shows for the foreseeable future.
Caravan Industry Association of Australia seeking
nominations for Eric Hayman Award for Excellence, the Gerry Ryan OAM Award
for Innovation and the Future Leaders Award. Winners will be announced on
Tasmanian police warn they will be targetting
trailers including caravans this Easter. "We have seen in the past there
have been some defects across that sort of vehicle range," Acting Inspector
Justin Lawson said.
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