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DECEMBER 2020



 

 

BREAKING NEWS:

DECEMBER 31:
Northbound lanes of NSW's M1 Princess Hwy at Cataract reopened after caravan accident. No serious injuries reported.

DECEMBER 30:
Reports coming in of car and caravan rollover on SA's Eyre Hwy at junction with Stiggants Rd, Kyancutta. No other details available.

DECEMBER 30:
Queensland's acting Attorney-General Mick de Brenni has warned bargain hunters to beware of online shopping for vehicles, including RVs. "Between January 1 and November 30, 2020, Scamwatch received more than 250 reports of Queenslanders being scammed when trying to buy a vehicle, caravan or motorhome," he said.

DECEMBER 30:
Caravan Haven Pty Ltd, former owners of Jayco Sydney, has gone into liquidation. Simon Thorn of Newcastle accountants and business advisers PKF has been appointed liquidator. Caravan Haven, which disposed of the trading assets some months ago, has nothing to do with the current owners.

DECEMBER 29:
Police investigating accident on NSW's Hume Hwy near Pheasants Nest in which caravan rolled. One person treated by ambulance crews at scene.

DECEMBER 29:
Tasmania's Break O'Day Mayor Mick Tucker has slammed "ghost campers" who pitch their tents and RVs weeks before actually staying at popular campsites. Claiming sites in advance is un-Australian and unacceptable, he says.

DECEMBER 22:
Thirty-two-year-old driver of ute towing caravan handed three and a half year suspended prison sentence, suspended after 12 months, after eight-year-old boy died when the door of the moving caravan opened and he fell out. Three other children were allegedly travelling in the caravan when the tragedy happened near Katherine in the NT in June this year. Police said five others were unrestrained in the ute.

DECEMBER 21:
Former Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Doug Anthony, who ran the country from a caravan on his NSW beach block while Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was on Xmas holidays, has died aged 90. "I'll probably be remembered for the caravan more than anything else in my political career," he once quipped.

Robe Caravan Park Xmas lightDECEMBER 21:
Robe Holiday Park on SA's Limestone Coast has brightened up the festive season for its guests and locals. A member of the Kui chain, it has won first place in the local Business Christmas Display Competition.

DECEMBER 20:
Yankalilla District Council in SA has invited public comments on its Draft Normanville Foreshore and Caravan Park Masterplan.

DECEMBER 20:
There were 232 casualty crashes involving a vehicle towing a caravan on NSW roads between 2015 and 2019, reports NSW's Road Safety - NSW GOV body. They resulted in 14 fatalities and 392 people injured, including 126 seriously injured.

DECEMBER 20:
Great Southern Police Sergeant Derek Grimes has urged caravanners to take extra care on Western Australian roads, which are expected to see one of the busiest festive seasons on record. 

DECEMBER 20:
Southern Downs Regional Council's masterplan for Maryvale Railway Reserve includes a short-term caravan area with public amenities and septic dump point. Talks will be held with members of the local community on delivering "the dream" for their Queensland township.

DECEMBER 20:
NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park has closed due to new NSW Health public health order relating to the city's Northern Beaches. Guests being contacted to arrange credit or refund. At this stage, the park ‒ which can accommodate over a thousand people ‒ plans to reopen on December 24.

Stuart Lamont on YouTube

DECEMBER 19:
Caravanning Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont has posted a six-minute video on YouTube in which he discusses the COVID challenge. He also deals with what can be expected in 2021. To view, go to https://youtu.be/-jivW5He5G8. 

DECEMBER 19:
Crocodile Caravan Park at Lightning Ridge, NSW, is on the market for $1.2 million.

DECEMBER 18:
The new RAC Karri Valley Resort caravan and camping ground in WA opens today, offering 66 powered and 50 camp sites. A modern camp kitchen, recreation room, nature playground and BMX track are among the new facilities.

DECEMBER 18:
Guests at Ballina's Seabreeze Caravan Park in NSW will be offered a 50 percent reduction in weekly ferry tickets until Australia Day while construction work continues on the nearby Carrs Bridge.

DECEMBER 18:
Fire and Rescue NSW has urged caravan and motorhome travellers to make sure their smoke alarms are fully working "to ensure your holiday memories are good ones".

Coraki park floodsDECEMBER 17:
Richmond Valley Council's Coraki Riverside Caravan Park has been inundated with floodwaters as torrential rains hammer northern NSW. The council said the park, which stands at the junction of the Richmond and Wilson rivers, is likely to be closed for the next two weeks. The park had gone through a much-needed makeover, with the council investing substantially in landscaping the grounds, upgrading the power supply, fixing drainage issues, sealing the internal road and marketing it to a much wider audience. It was fully booked for the holidays and the sudden closure has ruined the festive plans of many families.

DECEMBER 17:
Seabank Caravan Park near Port Albert in Victoria closed after reportedly heading into receivership.

DECEMBER 17:
A woman whose car collided with a LandCruiser towing a caravan on the Princes Highway south of Batemans Bay in NSW on Sunday has died, police have confirmed.

DECEMBER 17:
NSW's Clarence Valley Council has given approval for the 64-site Woombah Woods Caravan Park to be turned into a 59-site manufactured home estate. "It is considered that whilst there may be a loss of tourist accommodation, the development will provide much needed long-term housing solutions to the area," a report to the council said. "This loss of tourist income may be offset through the additional long-term occupants spending money in the area which would in turn not be affected by seasonality or dependent upon occupancy rates."

DECEMBER 16:
Police hunting vandals who damaged panels on a caravan at Nathalia caravan park in Victoria.

DECEMBER 15:
Queensland's Bundaberg Regional Council has given the green light for expansion plans involving 19 new caravan sites, two freestanding ensuites and a mini golf course at the popular Woodgate Beach Holiday Park.

DECEMBER 15:
Police investigating accident in which car towing caravan collided with cyclist on Deniliquin's National Bridge in Victoria. Rider airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

DECEMBER 15:
Greenhills Caravan Park at Murwillumbah and Tweed and Heritage caravan parks at Chinderah braced for evacuation as floodwaters threaten northern NSW.

DECEMBER 14:
No serious injuries reported after a caravan accident on SA's Riddoch Highway just north of Mount Gambier Airport. The road was closed for a short time while emergency services cleared the scene.

DECEMBER 14:
Founder of peer-to-peer caravan hire company Camplify Justin Hales has been named Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Hospitality and Tourism category of this year's Business News Hospitality and Tourism Awards.

DECEMBER 14:
At least 20 caravans evacuated from Murwillumbah Showgrounds in northern NSW as torrential rains hit the region where many roads are impassable.

DECEMBER 13:
Caravan Industry Association of Australia predicts that over the next three to five years, caravan and camping will experience a "golden era" as Aussies look for safe local ways to enjoy their down time and reconnect. "A $23 billion industry that accounted for 60 million visitor nights last year, the industry really is a quiet giant which is now ripe for new business and innovative products," it said.

DECEMBER 13:
Queensland Ambulance has advised campers and caravanners to pack extra medications and supplies in case they are stranded by sudden weather changes.

DECEMBER 12:
Caravan parks and campgrounds in low-lying areas of NSW's Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers are bracing themselves for heavy rainfalls through to Monday, with the SES warning of possible flash flooding.

DECEMBER 12:
Partnership between Victoria's Central Goldfields Shire Council and Dunolly Caravan Park could see a public dump point established at the park for visitors and locals.

DECEMBER 11:
Sunshine Coast Council has erected new signs at Obi Obi Creek west of Mapleton in Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland warning that overnight camping is no longer allowed.

DECEMBER 11:
Bundaberg's newest caravan park opens for business today. The 65-site fully equipped Queensland facility at Splitters Farm, a 10-minute drive north of the Rum City's CBD, offers a unique rural camping, glamping and farm-stay experience on a 160-acre property well known as a safe haven and sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

DECEMBER 10:
Caravan Industry Victoria estimates there are RV job opportunities available for over 400 people in both a professional corporate setting and in manufacturing and labour-based roles.

DECEMBER 10:
Grey nomads camped in Queensland's Mackay and Whitsunday region treated to spectacular light shows as storms delivered over 200,000 lightning strikes in past couple of days. No reports of serious damage.

DECEMBER 10:
Budget chain Kui Parks reports that despite the savage COVID pandemic, it has welcomed five new parks to its network this year.

DECEMBER 10:
NRMA Parks and Resorts has taken over the reins of Shellharbour Council-owned Beachside Holiday Park in NSW. It was awarded the management role after a council tender process.

DECEMBER 9:
Ingenia, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday parks, advises that the new address of its registered office is Level 3, 88 Cumberland St., The Rocks, Sydney.

DECEMBER 9:
Inskip Point's Sarawak and Sarawak West camping areas west of Gympie in Queensland reopened today after severe gastro outbreak, with a warning to campers to take extra care.

DECEMBER 9:
Queensland's Sunshine Coast, NSW's north and south coasts and Victoria's Great Ocean Road are all enjoying a resurgence of grey nomads and other caravanners as COVID restrictions are lifted, says the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

DECEMBER 8:
Caravan Industry Victoria confirms the return of the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at Sandown Racecourse from May 13 to 16 next year.

DECEMBER 8:
NSW's Richmond Valley Council is trialling a 48-hour, 12-site free camp at the Casino Showground for self-contained RVs.

DECEMBER 7:
Grey nomads and other travellers have been invited to take advantage of the Queensland Government's new Give it a Go jobs campaign designed to fill thousands of positions throughout the state. "We know there are many older people travelling around the state in campers and caravans who also want to work to cover petrol costs or extra spending money," Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe said. "Queensland boasts some of the world's greatest tourism experiences and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the sights the Sunshine State and get paid for it."

DECEMBER 7:
Port Pirie Regional Council in SA is seeking public expressions of interest for establishing an RV park near Port Pirie's CBD. It already offers a free overnight area for RVs near Globe Oval but has held discussions with the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia about improving the offerings to caravanners and other RV travellers to capitalise on this strong tourism market. The closing date for submissions is December 18.

DECEMBER 7:
Reports coming in of accident involving caravan on Princes Motorway below Berkeley Road overpass at Unanderra in NSW.

DECEMBER 7:
Share prices in Brisbane-based RV rental and Windsor and Coromal caravan manufacturer Apollo Tourism and Leisure continue to rise, trading at a six-month high of 0.370c this morning.

DECEMBER 6:
Car and caravan involved in accident on Princes Motorway near Bellambi Creek in NSW. No further details available.

DECEMBER 6:
THE Tasmanian caravanning industry risks a bleak summer despite Aussies embracing caravanning and camping in other states as lockdown and borders start to re-open. November figures released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia shows the Apple Isle is the worst performing caravanning destination for the month, with falls of 40 percent on last year. Overnight rates for cabin accommodation also saw the greatest decrease of any state.

DECEMBER 5:
The Land and Environment Court has deferred its decision on whether to allow Ingenia to go ahead and build an over-55's village on the site of its former caravan park at Blueys Beach on NSW's Central Coast. The local community is fighting to retain the Palms Oasis caravan park which poured much needed tourist dollars into the community.

DECEMBER 5:
Tawonga Caravan Park in Victoria is "looking fit for purpose" and may soon be reopened after its $2m upgrade, according to local mayor John Forsyth. The popular park on the banks of the Kiewa River was closed earlier this year partly due to wastewater problems.

DECEMBER 4:
Severe outbreak of gastro has forced caravanners and other campers to pack up and leave two popular camping areas at Inskip Point near Gympie in Queensland. MV Sarawak and MV Sarawak West will not reopen until December 9.

DECEMBER 4:
Ararat's family-run Acacia Caravan and Tourist Park in Victoria has opened two Tesla electric car charging points for travellers.

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