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POLICE in South Australia are seeking public assistance to identify the owners of two caravans suspected of being stolen. The caravans and three trailers were found at a Redbanks Road property at Kangaroo Flat last Friday. Police also allege they located 16 cannabis plants being grown amongst scrub. A 41-year-old Kangaroo Flat man was reported for unlawful possession, cultivate cannabis and possess prescribed equipment. People with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Have your say
Woman realises her dream
Lotto millionaire plans to hit the road in brand new caravan
ANOTHER instant millionaire is planning to hit the road in a brand new caravan. The would-be adventurer has joined the growing number of caravanners in the last couple of years who have scooped their fortunes on the lotto. The latest winner, a retired Victorian woman, plans to realise her dream and will buy a caravan to embark on a round-Australia adventure with her husband after scooping a whopping $2.5 million in Saturday's TattsLotto draw. She bought her ticket from Foodworks Dalton Village at Epping. "I've always wanted to get the car and a caravan and just go everywhere - all the way up north and all the way around," the jubilant woman said. Lotto and Keno's head of public relations Matt Hart admitted that caravanners were a lucky bunch. "Yes, I have to say caravanning and travelling around Australia is definitely a big feature of division one winners," he told Caravanning News.
Rum City: Australia's 'RV capital'
QUEENSLAND'S Rum City and surrounds have been dubbed Australia's RV capital as registrations soar. The accolade came from Bundaberg's Mayor Jack Dempsey as he officially opened the Oceanside RV Lifestyle Village at Burnett Heads. He said that in 2020, the 4670 postcode area had more than 5200 caravan and campervan registrations compared with 4450 in 2015. "There are now 7.5 registrations for every 100 households in Bundaberg, the largest number of registrations for any postcode in Australia," he said. Coming in as a close second was Mandurah in WA with 4890 followed by Hervey Bay with 4851. Have your say
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'Positive outlook for holiday parks'
Ingenia's underlying profit soars 24pc
By Dennis Amor
INGENIA Communities, which operates a chain of lifestyle and holiday parks, has announced an underlying profit of $32.8 million for the half-year ending December 31. This was an increase of 24 percent on the previous corresponding period. Group revenue was up four percent to $122 million and EBIT up 25 percent to $40.3 million. "Pleasingly, Ingenia Holidays business is experiencing strong demand," chief executive Simon Owen said. "Forward bookings are up 22 percent for the remainder of the financial year, providing a positive outlook for holiday parks across our key markets of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria." Ingenia would be returning $1.7 million of its $5.1 million JobKeeper payment from the government, Mr Owen said. The payment had "partially mitigated" the impact of employing staff that would not otherwise have been engaged, cost increases and revenue losses. Have your say
Creating work for local businesses
Popular Menindee Lakes caravan park to undergo $575,000 facelift
MENINDEE Lakes Caravan Park in NSW is to undergo a $575,000 facelift so it can continue servicing both locals and visitors to the area. Work at the park, which has been closed to travellers until April, is due to start on Monday (February 15) and will be undertaken by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Ė Crown Lands, which manages the park. A $235,000 injection from the COVID-19 stimulus program is being supported by budget allocations from the department, Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said. "Projects like this are being funded to create work for regional businesses and tradies and they bring in customers and tourists to boost the local economy in regional areas," she added.
'Steep rise in complaints'
NSW's Tweed Shire Council has warned that illegal overnight campers will now cop instant fines. Tweed Mayor Chris Cherry said the new restrictions have been introduced in response to rising community concerns and were designed to have minimal impact on local residents. "Council has received a steep rise in complaints from residents concerned about the number of overnight campers and lack of available parking around Point Danger, Duranbah Beach, Twin Towns and Jack Evans Boat Harbour," she said. Rangers will be patrolling the area and on-the-spot fines issued to anyone found parking in a restricted zone. Cr Cherry said the problem of illegal camping was not isolated to the Tweed. "Both our neighbouring councils in the Gold Coast and Byron Shire are experiencing similar problems with illegal campers and have also been forced to introduce measures to restrict overnight parking on public streets," she said. Have your say
Fostering a better lifestyle
set to battle in finals of
FIVE Queensland attractions and seven Queensland stay options from across the state have been named finalists in the Grey Nomad Awards, cementing the Sunshine State's reputation as a bucket-list destination for mature age tourists. The winners in each of the seven categories will be announced on March 2 at a celebratory event on the Sunshine Coast. Awards director Kim Morgan said the awards fostered a better lifestyle for the over 50s by providing verified information that will guide their decisions on where to travel safely and what to experience along the way.
Monitoring made easy
New phone app from BMPRO allows caravanners to enjoy more control
YOU have control ... that's the latest message from caravan electrics innovator BMPRO. Melbourne-based BMPRO's smart RV Odyssey has just been enhanced with a new phone app enabling control and monitoring of caravans directly from the user's mobile phone. The Odyssey app is available from Apple App or Google Play stores and caravan owners are now able to download it at no charge to their smartphones. It enables users to control and monitor their caravan battery and water tanks, as well as operating caravan onboard features such as slide outs.
Handouts mean big improvements
NSW caravan parks to benefit from latest round of government grants
NEW South Wales caravan parks will benefit from the latest round of grants from the state government's Crown Reserves Improvement Fund. Bland Shire Council has been awarded $533,412 to refurbish the amenities blocks, replace roofs, doors and windows, install a ventilation system, paint and tile and upgrade the office at West Wyalong Caravan Park. Carrathool Shire Council will receive $97,400 to upgrade and repair Hillston swimming pool at the Hillston Caravan Park. Coffs Harbour City Council will receive $250,000 to add an amenities block and install a kitchen at Sawtell Reserve and Holiday Park. Gilgandra Shire Council will receive $28,000 to upgrade the underground irrigation system at Rotary Caravan Park. Murray River Council will receive $140,000 for work on its riverbank retaining wall at Picnic Point Caravan Park. Snowy Monaro Regional Council will receive $23,205 to intall a solar system and replace outlets at Snowy River Holiday Park. Upper Lachlan Shire Council will receive $129,600 to upgrade water and electrical connections and install lighting and CCTV cameras at Crookwell Caravan Park. Wentworth Shire Council will receive a grant of $1 million and loan of $1,512,000 to redevelop Willow Bend Caravan Park. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the fund's latest round dished out a record $51.7 million on projects, which included improvements to nature reserves, showgrounds and caravan parks. "Crown land is for the people of NSW to use and enjoy and to support organisations at the heart of our communities," he said. Have your say
'At least they would get fresh air'
Diseases expert suggests caravan parks be used for quarantining
INFECTIOUS diseases expert Michelle Ananda-Rajah believes caravan parks should be used as COVID quarantine centres. Dr Ananda-Rajah (pictured) suggested the idea during an interview on Melbourne radio station 3AW following concerns over the deadly disease spreading in hotels. "I don't like the idea of putting people in hotel quarantine," she said. "The government needs to step in and explore other options. I have been thinking to myself whether caravan parks might work." Dr Ananda-Rajah, who is an infectious diseases physician at Monash University and a member of Alfred Health, added: "At least people then would get access to fresh air." Her suggestion comes after fears the coronavirus disease could spread through hotel air conditioner systems. Have your say
Rare property one of busiest on the Daly
'Barra park' on market for $1.6m
A CARAVAN park beside one of the Northern Territory's most popular barramundi fishing spots is up for sale. With an asking price of $1.6 million, Call2View real estate agent Adam Hayes said the 320-acre Lee & Jenny's Bush Camp on the banks of the Daly River was a rare property and one of the busiest parks on the Daly. "Every year there's the barra nationals and it's been built so that when there's flooding in the area none of the buildings are prone to flooding," he said. The park was opened in 2012 as a bush campground/caravan park for family and friends with a love for the bush and barramundi fishing. It offers 10 cabin/room sites, a camp kitchen, 30 powered caravan and camping sites and an abundance of non-powered bush camping sites. There are two amenity blocks, a communal laundry, barbecue sites, in-ground swimming pool and a pontoon on the river. Mr Hayes said there had been interest from local and interstate buyers from as far afield as Perth. Have your say
Zac Efron's desert home is a sumptuous Lotus
By Dennis Amor
MOVIE star Zac Efron is living in pure luxury in SA's remote desert country ... courtesy Lotus Caravans. In an Instagram posting, the 33-year-old superstar describes his aptly named Hollywood 'van as 'Home Sweet Home". He is using the $140,000 sumptuous 24-footer during filming of his new film Gold. The Hollywood is Lotus's most luxurious caravan and is fitted with two slide-outs and every conceivable smart feature, including two fixed and one 50-inch pop-up Samsung televisions, spacious bathroom, double bedroom, leather sofa and full air-conditioning. Lotus managing director John Wheatly told Caravanning News: "It has one unique layout that was designed for absolute luxury for two. It is self-sufficient and can be used completely off the grid." Have your say.
Rangers' work often goes unseen
Hundreds of infringement notices
NSW's Kempsey Shire Council has cracked down on beachside illegal camping. Its rangers handed out nearly 200 infringement notices for camping and parking-related matters between Christmas and Australia Day. Operations and Planning director Robert Fish (pictured), said their "hard work" often went unseen. "The majority of the public do not see councilís rangers conducting illegal camping patrols as they are generally conducted in the early hours of the morning, between midnight and 5am when the rules are in effect," he explained. "Unfortunately, council rangers do not have the authority to move people on, or physically stop someone from camping or staying overnight in their vehicle. Still, rangers have and will continue to patrol our beachside areas and will continue to discourage illegal camping through the issuing of penalty infringement notices." Signage has also been erected at all road entrances to Crescent Head, making it illegal for anyone to stay overnight in any streets or reserves, including in any vehicle. "These signs will soon be put in place at the entrances to all our coastal villages, in order to assist in combating illegal camping in other areas of the Macleay," Mr Fish said. Have your say
'Wiring loom could overheat'
Dometic issues recall over fears of
DOMETIC Australia has issued a recall of refrigerators after fears they could set recreational vehicles ablaze. The two-door 188 and 224 litre absorption fridges were fitted to caravans and motorhomes between July 2018 and last December and carry serial numbers MB 82200938 to MB 85100130, MB 90200892 to MB 95200685 and MB 00100565 to MB 03701182. Dometic said a small wiring loom in models RUA6408X and RUA8408X are affected and could overheat and char when running on 12 volts. "There is a risk of fire which may result in serious injury," it warned. Owners are advised to stop using the fridges on auto and contact the company on 1800 212121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a replacement wiring loom to be fitted free of charge.
'Site not appropriate'
Free RV area shuts after complaint from caravan park and traders
THE Shire of Plantagenet in WA has permanently closed its free RV overnight parking area on Memorial Road near the town hall. This follows complaints from the local Mt Barker Caravan Park, which said it offered a low-cost alternative for fully self-contained RVs "at no cost to the ratepayers of the shire." It was supported by 40 local businesses who claimed the council should not be in direct competition with local traders. "We respectfully ask that the council permanently close the free RV site," it said in a letter to the council. The park claimed the council had failed to police the site sufficiently, resulting in non self-contained RVs staying overnight and disposing of waste into the site's drains. Shire president Chris Pavlovich commented: "It doesn't necessarily mean that the idea of having an area for people to pull off and rest is off the radar ... just that the current site is deemed not appropriate at this point." Have your say
Range of accommodation options
Cohuna to provide more powered sites after $85,000 gvt grant
A VICTORIAN caravan park will provide electricity to 36 unpowered sites after receiving $85,000 from the state government. Work to upgrade power sites at the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park will go ahead after Gannawarra Shire Council was handed the grant from the Caravan and Camping Grants program. "One of the largest caravan parks in the Gannawarra, the park features 245 sites and 18 cabins, offering a range of accommodation options and amenities for visitors," the council's acting chief executive Stacy Williams said.