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MAY 2020




MAY 31:
Queensland caravanners will be allowed to travel anywhere in the Sunshine State from midday tomorrow, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today: "We are opening Queensland for Queenslanders," she said, urging travellers to hitch up their camper or trailer. "Now is your opportunity and actually stay overnight," she added.

MAY 31:
Caravan Council of Australia predicts that "quite a few" small caravan manufacturers and importers will not survive the coronavirus crisis.

MAY 31:
Bulahdelah Bowling Club in the Hunter/Mid North Coast region of NSW has appealed for letters of support in its efforts to reverse a council order to close its camping area. "Disappointed with the timing with all this," the club says on its Facebook page. "We've been closed for nine weeks, and 48 hours before we open council walks in and shuts us down." The club said it "would have been great" to work through its new approval application while the club was closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

MAY 30:
Tatiara District Council in SA has reopened the RV Camp site at the Bordertown Recreation Lake. An additional camp area will also opened in the coming weeks.

MAY 28:
Ingenia Communities Group will soon be reopening its holiday parks. In a message to shareholders, the ASX-listed company said announcements by the NSW and Queensland governments that parks would be able to reopen on June 1 and June 12 respectively were "positive" for its parks, which had been closed to holidaymakers.

MAY 27:
Caravanners will be allowed to travel in NSW from 11.59pm on Sunday night but have been advised by Deputy Premier John Barilaro to check caravan parks and camping sites before hitting the road. Victoria will also permit caravanners to take intrastate travel, though caravan parks and camping sites will remain closed. Travel in SA is allowed and
campsites, caravan parks are open for guests subject to four square-metre rule. Meanwhile, caravan parks in WA have welcomed news from Premier Mark McGowan that unrestricted regional travel within the State will also be resumed for this long weekend excluding travel to the Kimberley region, the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku and parts of the East Pilbara.

MAY 27:
A number of restrictions on caravan parks and campgrounds will be lifted by the Australian Capital Territory government from 11.59pm on Sunday. "Our local tourism industry has been decimated by COVID-19," it said in a statement. "The recovery of the $2.5 billion industry will take years, and will require ongoing support from both ACT and Commonwealth Governments."

MAY 26:
Outback Queensland Tourism Association marketing coordinator Kylie Rixon has resigned and will be taking up a new role as assistant manager with Discovery Parks, Mount Isa and Argylla.

MAY 26:
The 51-site Lismore Palms Caravan Park in the Northern Rivers region of NSW is on the market. The sale is by private treaty and is being handled by CBRE Hotels.

MAY 25:
Publishers of Camps Australia Wide, regarded by many as the travellers' bible, says there has been "a surge" in trip planning as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

MAY 25:
Queensland's Gladstone Regional Council has modified local laws which will now permit caravan park operators to determine how many cats and dogs to allow within the confines of their park.

MAY 25:
The town of Boddington in WA has closed its caravan dump point in Wuraming Ave pending relocation to the Old Council Depot at the corner of Johnston St and Farmers Ave.

MAY 22:
Outback Queensland Tourism Association has joined with the regional tourism offices representing the Cairns, Townsville, Whitsundays and Mackay regions in urging the State Government to lift the restriction on recreational travel and widen the existing Outback travel bubble in time for Stage 2. The North Queensland economy is said to be losing over $90 million each week that domestic travel is prohibited.

MAY 22:
Nova has reopened its caravan manufacturing factory in Victoria after a seven-week closure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

MAY 22:
Shares in Aspen Group, which operates chain of lifestyle and holiday parks, continues to rally, rising from 84c in March to an opening price $1.15 on the Australian share market today. "We expect to be able to continue to grow Aspen's business and portfolio profitability in future and we believe the opportunities will increase during this economic downturn," it said in a message to shareholders.

MAY 20:
Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW today welcomed Premier Gladys Berejiklian's announcement that people can get back to their travel and holiday plans in NSW from June 1.

MAY 19:
Discovery Parks introduce 'wait-lists' for some of its popular caravan parks as lifting of travel restrictions creates rush for bookings.

MAY 19:
Could it be the first caravan mishap as coronavirus restrictions are lifted? A 4WD towing a caravan reportedly hit a light pole in Beaconsfield, Queensland, early this morning.

MAY 18:
The 340-site award-winning MacDonnell Range Holiday Park at Alice Springs should be full of travellers at this time of year ... but is still waiting to welcome its first visitor this season because of the COVID-19 crisis. The owner says it could be the death knell for many parks.

MAY 18:
Jayco, which shed a hundred staff and closed its Dandenong factory for three weeks during height of coronavirus crisis, reports rapid rise in buyer interest as travel restrictions begin to ease.

MAY 17:
With travel restrictions being eased, caravanners going bush in WA have flooded National Parks with bookings, with most at nearly 80 percent capacity.

MAY 16:
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia says the industry is best placed to drive and lead the road to recovery for domestic tourism. The industry's peak body points out that 710,000 registered RVs are "set and ready" to go when cross-border driving holidays are permitted. "The diverse eco-system of the caravan and camping industry means that it will be resilient through this time and be ready to offer Australians the self-reliant 'back to basics' experience on short notice when the time is right," the association said.

MAY 14:
Driver ended up somewhat embarrassed after his fifth-wheeler caravan ended up wedged under a sign in Marius Street, Tamworth, NSW ... warning of a low rail bridge ahead!

MAY 14:
Man and boy suffering smoke inhalation taken to hospital after fire ripped through caravan Kingsthorpe near Toowoomba in Qld.

MAY 14:
WA's peer-to-peer Share A Camper is being wound up, with Jennifer Elizabeth Low of Perth chartered accountants Sheridans being appointed liquidators, according to an ASIC notice.

MAY 14:
Adelaide Plains Council has agreed to temporarily waive short-stay restrictions at its Parham campground while improvements are made at the Mallala campground.

MAY 13:
August's Gympie Music Muster in Queensland's Amamoor State Forest, a popular event for grey nomads, has been cancelled for the first time in its 39-year history.

MAY 11:
Incepio Ventures has applied to the Supreme Court for Victorian-based Jurgens Caravans to be wound up. A spokesperson for Jurgens told Caravanning News today: "This is a current legal matter, therefore there is no comment at this time." According to an Australian Securities and Investments Commission notice the hearing has been set down for May 27 in Melbourne.

MAY 11:
WA's Shire of Corrigin has invited quotations for the design and construction of a new ablution block at Corrigin Caravan Park.

MAY 11:
Caravan blaze in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale on Saturday is believed to have been the work of an arsonist. The empty RV was destroyed and no one was injured.

MAY 9:
Caravan parks and campgrounds in South Australia's national parks and reserves are being reopened. But the State Government has warned that gatherings should comprise a maximum of 10 people with social-distancing of 1.5m. It has also reminded campers to practice "good hygiene".

MAY 8:
There is a light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel, according to Kui Parks founder Bert van Spronsen. "Many of us are in need of recovery ... the caravan, camping and travelling type," he said. "Never before have I sensed such a hunger for travellers to get out there."

MAY 7:
Owner-operator of WA's Wongan Hills Caravan Park Bernadette Lambert has been awarded a certificate after successfully completing an Australian Hotels Association COVID-19 hygiene course.

MAY 6:
The 2020 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards have been cancelled for first time in their 36-plus years history. Organisers say individual state and territory awards may continue but 'Gold" award achievers will not have a national programme to progress into this year.

MAY 6:
Man, 18, charged after allegedly slamming concrete block into windscreen of police vehicle at caravan park in Pease Street, Cairns.

MAY 6:
A time-lapse video posted on YouTube eight years ago and showing how a Concept caravan was built continues to attract attention ... recently clicking up its one-millionth viewer. The Victorian company, founded in 2004, says the fascinating footage turns five days of hard work into five minutes. To watch the video, click here.

MAY 5:
Queensland's Brisbane Holiday Village at Eight Mile Plains staged a humourous social-distance wheelie bin race for the benefit of Channel 7's Sunrise weather forecast viewers this morning.

MAY 4:
Adelaide Plains Council in South Australia has announced that the Mallala campsite will be closed for eight weeks from tomorrow for redevelopment. Port Parham Short Stay Camp Park will stay open during this time.

MAY 3:
All-clear now declared after Lake Clifton Caravan Park north of Perth put on bushfire alert today.

MAY 1:
Car towing caravan involved in accident on NSW's New England Highway about 5km north of Glen Innes. Understood one person suffered serious injuries. No further details available.

MAY 1:
Truckies are touting one benefit from COVID-19 ... there are fewer caravans on the road. According to one article in the industry's Big Rigs national newspaper they "don't have to sit behind 'vans doing 80k/hr" when trying to meet strict deadlines. "Also there is more space at the rest areas which are frequented by our truckie mates," it adds.

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