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DECEMBER 2021



 

 

BREAKING NEWS:

DEC 30:
Local council considering the future of the 72-hr Burekup RV rest area on the South Western Highway in WA's south-west after suggestions from a local community member.

DEC 30:
Campervan erupted into flames on NSW's busy Pacific Motorway at Mount Colah this morning. Motorway closed in both directions. No reports of injuries.

DEC 29:
Emergency services called to Robinvale Riverside Caravan Park, 470km northwest of Melbourne, after five children and an adult suffered non life-threatening burns in a boat fire.

DEC 29:
SA's Streaky Bay District Council has temporarily closed its Tractor Beach Campground on the Eyre Peninsula while it upgrades the facility. "Council greatly appreciates your patience and assistance during this time ... the end result will be a bigger and better facility," it said.

DEC 26:
Tasmanian police today appealed to caravanners towing slowly to pull-over safely and let other motorists pass ... and for other drivers to be patient when in the vicinity of someone towing slowly.

DEC 26:
Man died in Xmas Day accident when his car collided with another towing a caravan at Katunga in Victoria.

DEC 24:
Glenelg Shire Council in Victoria installs new dump point at Dartmoor Recreation Reserve for caravanners and other RV travellers. Mayor Anita Rank said Dartmoor was an obvious choice, with the township welcoming thousands of campers each year.

DEC 24:
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority generated nearly $13 million in direct revenue from December 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021 ... with 91 percent coming from its eight self-managed caravan parks.

DEC 23:
A $20,000 GoFundMe appeal launched three days ago for 51yo Tasmanian Graham Dennis, who was badly burned and lost virtually all his possessions and caravan home in a blaze, has raised $7815 by Dec 24..

DEC 23:
Queensland Minister for Resources Scott Stewart reminds caravanners that gas safety checks should not be overlooked when preparing RVs ahead of Christmas and the summer holidays.

DEC 21:
Four travellers taken to hospital after vehicle towing caravan rolled on Queensland's Bruce Highway near Curra in the Gympie region.

DEC 21:
The Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow will return to the Melbourne Showgrounds next year, but with a new date ... April 6 to 10.

DEC 21:
WA's Margaret River Region is clamping down on illegal camping. Ranger Coordinator Naz Graue said her team had increased patrols and is taking a zero-tolerance approach. "We often encounter illegal campfires, toilet waste, litter and food scraps. It also occasionally comes with noise complaints and antisocial behaviour in larger camping groups," she said. Complaints of illegal campers often stemmed from local carparks, reserves, amenities and recreational facilities being made inaccessible to other users. "If you donít have a place to stay, please hold off your travels until such a time you can get accommodation," she added.

DEC 20:
SA police have warned people to take extra care after a backpack, watch, Bose headphones and keys were stolen from unlocked vehicles at a Berri caravan park.

DEC 20:
Red Cliffs Caravan Park near Mildura in Victoria, newly owned by Alister and Bonnie Mansley, has rejoined the Kui chain of holiday parks.

Damaged camp kitchenDEC 20:
Walwa Riverside Caravan Park in Victoria was busy clearing up after being lashed by ferocious storm. Cyclonic-type winds sent a large tree crashing down onto its camp kitchen and part of the playground. In a social media posting, the park has assured potential guests that "all is in hand and we are doing everything we can to get the damage out of the way". But it encouraged people to arrive with their own portable sinks and cooking equipment if possible, adding: "Looking ahead, the weather is stunning, arguably the best Christmas week we've seen ... mid-high 30s and bright sunshine aplenty."

DEC 18:
Ernst Young's Adam Nikitins has been appointed liquidator of Jurgens Caravans Australia, which went into liquidation on December 15. An application for the winding up of Jurgens was launched in the Supreme Court by the Commissioner of State Revenue on November 15 this year.

DEC 18:
The council-owned beachfront Elliott Heads Holiday Park has opened three more family-friendly cabins. Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said this followed visitor demand. "The park now consists of eight cabins, including an all-abilities access cabin which is wheelchair compliant," he said. The location of each cabin had been carefully planned to provide as much privacy as possible while also capturing stunning ocean views from the verandas.

DEC 18:
Riverbend Caravan Park will receive $158,937 grant from South Australian Tourism Commissionís Tourism Industry Development Fund towards three luxury cabins, a new camp kitchen and 31 new powered caravan sites.

DEC 18:
The coastal town of Esperance in WA has welcomed the opening of RAC Esperance Holiday Park. RAC bought the park two years ago and has gave it a new look with 170 shady powered sites plus improved facilities ... and two pet-friendly cabins and an onsite dog wash.

DEC 17:
Caravan and car collide at SA's Dukes Highway/Princess Hwy, Tailem Bend, this morning. No reports of injuries.

DEC 17:
Car and caravan washing facilities to provide work, and business and marketing experience for young people are now available on Crown land at Walgett in a joint project between the NSW Government, PCYC NSW and Walgett Shire Council.

DEC 16:
Thieves made off with two bicycles belonging to a traveller staying at the Bulli Beach Tourist Park in NSW.

DEC 15:
BMPRO, an innovative Australian designer and manufacturer of
power management systems and app-based solutions for caravans and other RVs, has launched ProSmart, a monitor with an app for grey nomads and other travellers.

DEC 15:
Six caravans were involved in a fierce blaze at a Victorian factory in the early hours. Thirty firefighters tackled the outbreak in Errol Street, Braybrook. "The fire appears to be accidental at this stage," a fire service spokesman said.

DEC 15:
More than 160 exhibitors will be at next year's three-day Newcastle Caravan Camping Lifestyle Expo starting on February 4. Free activities will include a live reptile display, jumping castles and a guest appearance by publisher and TV personality Pat Callinan, one of Australia's famed 4x4, RV and camping experts.

DEC 14:
Australian Caravan Club mourning death of founder member Max Watkins, who was also an active member of Queensland's Moreton Bay Drifters.

DEC 14:
Man arrested after reported sudden death at Paget caravan park in the Mackay region of Queensland.
Crime scenes have been established at the park on Broadsound Road, which is also a part of the Bruce Highway, and an empty block of land near it. 

DEC 10:
A virtual meeting will be held on December 23 for creditors of Aussie Adventure Caravans Pty Ltd, which went into liquidation in 2019.

DEC 9:
Queensland police who stopped a truck carrying a caravan in Rockhampton this week allegedly discovered more than 77kg of marijuana in the RV. Thirty-three grams of cocaine was also allegedly found inside the truck. Two men from Queensland and Victoria have been charged.

DEC 9:
Newcastle-based peer-to-peer RV rental company Camplify says its outlook is strong, "Our pathway to building a significant global company is in our hands," chairman Trent Bagnall told its annual general meeting. Founder Justin Hales commented: "Thank you to all shareholders for your support and belief in the future growth opportunities Camplify has."

DEC 9:
Members of major online chatroom Caravaners (sic) Forum are mourning death of longstanding member Clif who died this week after a 12-week illness. He was a driving force behind the forum's unofficial weekend gatherings. Launched in 2002 and now boasting a membership of 20,000-plus, the forum claims to be the largest of its kind in Australia.

DEC 9:
Campgrounds near Boranup Forest in WA, including Conto and Point Road campsites, evacuated as more than 100 firefighters tackled raging bushfires.

DEC 9:
Queensland's Gympie Regional Council has given the thumb's up for doubling the number of caravans or tents allowed on private land. Councillors at last night's meeting unanimously agreed to the change which would authorise up to eight caravans, tents or cabins and 48 campers, or six per caravan. The decision  came after what Mayor
Glen Hartwig called a "robust discussion". The plan will now go to the State Government which could put the idea up for a public review before making it official.

DEC 7:
4WD and caravan roll on northbound lanes of NSW's M1 Pacific Motorway at Mount White. No further details available.

DEC 7:
No serious injuries reported after caravan rolled on Queensland's D'Aguilar Hwy at Blackbutt today.

Bobi PetrusevskiDEC 7:
Manager of Year gong awarded to Masterpiece Caravans' Bobi Petrusevski in the Victorian Caravan Industry Hall of Fame & Business Awards.

DEC 7:
Expressions of interest are being invited from couples interested in taking over the reins of Victoria's Charlton Rest Caravan Park.

DEC 6:
NSW's Newell Hwy has reopened between Moree and Boggabilla after being closed due to flooding.

DEC 6:
Holiday and lifestyle parks operator Ingenia Communities has reported changes to its board, with the resignation of Gary Shiffman and the appointment of John McLaren of the Sun Communities Group.

Two Wells Oval dump pointDEC 6:
In its annual report, Adelaide Plains Council makes mention of the Community Project of the Year, which saw Mallala and Districts Lions Club members volunteer many hundreds of hours establishing a camping ground at the Mallala Oval, with the assistance of grant funding allocated by council members through the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program. It adds that three new RV dump points were also installed throughout the region, at the Parham and Mallala campgrounds and the Two Wells Oval (pictured).

Litchfield ParkDEC 5:
New figures show that 10 new Central Valley campsites opened in August contributed to the NT's Litchfield National Parkís 168,000 visitors for the period from May to September this year.

DEC 4:
Crusader Caravans wins Excellence in Caravan & RV Manufacturing Award at the Caravan Industry Victoria Hall of Fame.

DEC 4:
WA gym owner in Perth, who was one of a syndicate's 55 women to share a whopping $80 million jackpot on the Lotto, plans to pay off her mortgage, buy a caravan and head off on a tour of the state. Border lockdown prevents her from travelling further.

DEC 4:
Two Cassowary Coast caravan parks in Queensland are on the market through Resort Brokers. The asking price for the 55-site August Moon Caravan Park is $2.95 million and $825,000 for the 30-site Flying Fish Point Tourist Park.

DEC 3:
Queensland paramedics called to scene of caravan blaze on Dularcha Drive at Landsborough. No serious injuries reported.

DEC 3:
Shares in holiday and lifestyle parks operator Ingenia will open at a three-month high of $6.02 on the Australian Stock Exchange today.

DEC 2:
A new campaign in WA is reminding campers and caravanners to always use portable gas appliances in the open air to avoid potentially lethal exposure to carbon monoxide. The State Government's energy safety regulator, Building and Energy, is sharing the Great Outdoors, Lethal Indoors message to encourage safe use of portable outdoor gas appliances such as barbecues, cookers, heaters and fridges. "They should never be used inside tents, caravans, campervans or other enclosed areas, even if the doors or windows are open," WA's Director of Energy Safety Saj Abdoolakhan said.

DEC 1:
Peer-to-peer caravan rental company Camplify receives $100,000 grant from NSW Government's Regional Job Creation Fund to set up a 10-staff customer service base in Muswellbrook.

DEC 1:
Victoria's East Gippsland Shire Council is seeking expressions of Interest for the operation, management and maintenance of its Marlo Ocean Views Caravan and Camping Park.

DEC 1:
Australia's largest builder of RVs Jayco is seeking more production workers for its Dandenong factory in Victoria as orders for new caravans swamp the industry.

DEC 1:
New 'Get Ready Queensland' cyclone video ‒ developed by Get Ready Queensland in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and aimed at highlighting the risks of extreme weather ‒ portrays the damage it can cause, including a caravan being blown away.

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