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APRIL 2021




Holder BendAPRIL 24:
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 S497TER.

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.

Sydney's recent 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 campgroundAPRIL 19:
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
which 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 century.

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 Stephens area.

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.

Lyndel GreyAPRIL 12:
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.

Cyclone mapAPRIL 11:
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.

Cassowary CoastAPRIL 7:
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 again".

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 industry''.

Caravan Parks Association of Queensland will hold its annual conference at the Gold Coast's RACV Royal Pines on May 4 and 5.

Bruce NicholsonAPRIL 6:
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 announcement.

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 May 6.

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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