For full list,
Police probe $1 million fraud allegation at Elite Caravans ...
53.182 people reached.
* RV industry welcomes drafts of new
Road Vehicle Standards Act ... 52,969 people reached.
* Patriot campers recalled after gas
fears ... 34.618 people reached.
* Teen badly burned in BIG4 park blaze ...
33,817 people reached.
* Parks association launches legal
proceedings over free camping site ... 28,145 people
* RV industry registers 'lemon'
business names ... 26,105 people reached.
* Bruce Highway's notorious Cooroy Hill
claims another victim ... 16,750 people reached.
Too late for sour grapes over lemon in titles . . .
WHY on earth would a supposedly
reputable association go to the trouble of spending its money on
registering names with 'Lemon' in their titles (see story
it's because they will be able to gag and control the negative
But for all that, I think they are trying to
"shut the gate after the horse has bolted".
Will they now
try to stifle the e-petition into a review of the RV industry.
It would seem that again the manufacturers are being protected
to the detriment of their customers.
They do not seem to
have any concern for anybody except themselves.
there are still reputable manufactures that have nothing to worry
It would seem that it is the dodgy manufacturers and
dealers that are starting to feel the backlash of ignoring their
customers' concerns for so long and are relying on the
seem to be "bemused" by all the fuss ... really?
IT is not a council's job to provide toilet
blocks in the middle of nowhere - to do so would be a huge imposte
on ratepayers (see story here).
The solution lies with travellers, especially those who
wish to freedom camp, to introduce themselves to portable chemical
toilets and small shower tents.
These are of low cost and
For those who are reluctant to use
long-drop facilities at night, torches are available at low cost.
It's time to take full responsibility for your actions and not
Lucky birthday numbers
Nomads unaware they were carting a $10m fortune around
By Dennis Amor
A COUPLE of grey nomads had no idea
they were carting a fortune around in their vehicle's glove box during
last week's travels ... $10 million in fact! The Gold Coast
travellers had forgotten all about their 10-week Lotto entry, but were
stopped in their tracks when they were told they had landed a $10 million
division one prize in last week's Oz Lotto draw. Despite a region-wide
search for the winning ticketholder last week, it was only when they
checked their ticket while stopping for groceries that they discovered the
life-changing news. "Oh Jesus!” the jubilant unnamed winner exclaimed when
a Golden Casket official confirmed he was now a multi-millionaire. "We’re
living in a caravan! We're travelling around in a caravan – doing a lap
around Australia! We’ve been travelling for a while. This ticket was in
the glovebox the whole time." The caravanner had been playing the same
numbers for some years. "They're birthday numbers and others mixed in," he
explained. "I put it in for 10 weeks at a time, wherever I am! Then it
just sits in the glovebox. This is unbelievable. We’re newly-retired so
there's still plenty of time to spend it," he laughed. "This changes
things, but we'll keep travelling. There'll definitely be a caravan
upgrade – we've been looking at getting a new one but couldn’t afford it."
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Draft package aims to improve standards
New rules mean tougher
times for RV builders
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peak body for Australia's $19 billion-a-year caravan industry has welcomed
the release of Federal Government drafts for a new Road Vehicle Standards
The Caravan Industry Assocation of Australia said it
was pleased the bill included tougher measures for RV manufacturers,
including far-reaching penalties for those not adhering to compliance
"Our industry has been waiting for over four years
for this legislation which will improve standards in the industry and
provide greater confidence for caravanning consumers," chief executive
Stuart Lamont commented.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul
Fletcher said the new legislation would replace the existing act which has
been in place for nearly 30 years and would modernise and strengthen laws
governing road vehicles, including caravans and other RVs.
draft package of changes will be available for public consultation in the
New Year and is a welcome signal that long-awaited changes are moving
"Our industry has been waiting for over four years for
this legislation which will improve standards in the industry, and provide
greater confidence for caravanning consumers," Mr Lamont said.
associatiion looked forward to working through the final formal
consultation process and the new act finally being legislated through
Parliament early this year and coming into effect from 2019.
More foreigners enjoying caravan and
caravanning and camping markets continue to perform strongly, according to
the latest figures.
Tourism Research Australia revealed that
373,000 international visitors took caravan and camping holidays in the 12
months ending September 2017. This was an increase 7.5 percent on the
previous year. The visitors generated over 5.19 million nights around the
country, a 5.5 percent rise from 2016. Caravan Industry Association of
Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont said the "robust growth" coincided
with its International Marketing Strategy to double international
caravanning and camping nights by 2025.
celebrate 10th anniversary
THE Australian Caravan Club's
inaugural branch has celebrated its tenth anniversary.
humble beginnings at Caloundra's Golden Beach Caravan Park in Queensland,
the ACC Sunshine Nomads group has flourished into one of the national
club's most active. The group was, in fact, the predecessor of what turned
out to be Australian Caravan Club (ACC), which now boasts nearly 5000
members. Chairman Craig Humphrey, who lives at Golden Beach, explained: "A
group of caravanners felt that existing RV clubs did not focus enough on
protecting and representing the interests of owners of caravans."
Caravanners urged to beef up their
CARAVAN owners in Rockhampton are being urged to beef up
their income by hiring out their RVs.
Around 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on the beef
capital of Queensland for the largest Beef Exposition in Australia. And
organisers have launched its Homestay Program to help accommodate the
influx during the seven-day event beginning May 6. Renting out a caravan
would be a "great way to make some extra money", they said. It would also
help people from outside the region to visit, stay and enjoy the expo and
the Rockhampton regional.
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loses court battle with caravanner
of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle who was badly injured in an accident with
a caravan on a Queensland outback road has lost his court battle for
The Supreme Court case followed an accident on a narrow
strip of bitumen on the Diamantina Development Road between Windorah and
Quilpie. The rider was with other bikers when, it was alleged, the
caravanner travelling in the opposite direction failed to share the
bitumen by steering his left hand wheels off the bitumen. But in his
judgement delivered in Rockhampton, Justice Duncan McMeekin doubted the
caravanner had remained in the centre of the bitumen strip at all times
without deviation. "It is certain that he did not do that," he said. "If
he had done so there is no prospect that the first two motorcycles would
have passed him ... the strip is too narrow."
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Stay safe, urges VicParks chief
The Victorian Caravan Parks Association is reminding
RVers to stay safe as they enjoy all that the state has to offer this
summer touring season.
"Whether you’re on the road or playing in
the sun, prioritise the safety of you and your loved ones – as much as we
all love travelling and exploring, don't take unnecessary risks," chief
executive Elizabeth White said. "But whether you’re heading to our
beautiful alpine regions, interior lakes and waterways, or searching for a
quiet little caravan park off the beaten track, stay safe." She said it
was also important to be prepared for all types of weather, hot days in
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LOCALS are supporing a Tasmanian council which was
forced to ban free overnight camping for caravans and other RVs.
They are backing the West Coast Council which has erected No Camping signs
at Queenstown Recreation Ground. The authority revealed its action was in
response to the Apple Isle's Economic Regulator's ruling that it was
providing free camping services in contravention of the island's
competitive neutrality principles. Writing in the local newspaper,
Christine Espitalier of Wynyard commented: "It's high time all Tasmanian
councils took immediate action and ban free camping in our state once and
for all." She reminded travellers that there was a caravan park in
Queenstown which could cater for their needs. "Campers who expect the
local ratepayers to subsidise their holiday for nothing are the ones you
don't want," she said. "They are not in your town to spend money – just
freeloaders. Tourism is about bringing income into the town and they do
have somewhere to stay."
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$500,000 facelift for dam camping grounds
BORUMBA Dam camping grounds
near Gympie in Queensland are having a $500,000 facelift.
Seqwater say work will begin at the end of this month on a new site office
and upgrades to facilities. Tourist operators Terry and Peter Holliday of
Ezy Adventures were recently appointed new managers of the camping ground.
Seqwater acting chief executive Dan Spiller hoped the upgrades would
attract more tourists to Lake Borumba which would boost the economic
prosperity of the local area.
new leader stresses need for unification
THE new chairman
of the caravanning and camping industy's peak body has emphasised the need
for unification to drive industry growth.
The message came from
Discovery Parks chief executive and co-founder Grant Wilckens after he was
elected leader of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. With a
large financial investment in the industry spread nationally across almost
all state and territories, Mr Wilckens said he recognised the need for the
industry to come together for future success to occur. "There are many
threats to the way we have conducted business in the past with the sharing
economy presenting both challenges and opportunities for the industry," he
Caravan Park to become day-trip venue
HAZELWOOD Pondage Caravan Park in Victoria is being turned into to a day
But Latrobe City
Council says that from July it will offer a 72-hour permit zone for
camping and recreational vehicles. Chief executive Gary Van Driel blamed
the closure of Hazelwood Power Station, which meant the authority had been
unable to secure an extension of the existing lease arrangements for the
caravan park. A community petition against the move has attracted more
than 650 signatures.
Valley wages war on illegal campers
CLARENCE Valley Council in NSW is
waging war on illegal campers after complaints from locals.
Rangers evicted 15 campers at 3am on one night alone during the Christmas
holidays, but showed a little Yuletide cheer by not issuing fines. The
local authority is anxious to stamp out the usual spike in illegal camping
between December and May each year as visitors flock into the region to
enjoy the warm weather and its idyllic lifestyle. It has installed signs and
is patrolling key areas over the holiday period
in a trial designed to lessen the impact of illegal camping, particularly
around the popular tourist towns of Yamba and Angourie. This includes
camping in any moveable or temporary form of accommodation such as tents,
caravans, motorhomes, vehicles, sleeping bags or swags.
Hervey Bay bucks the trend and approves
new caravan park
Fraser Coast is getting another caravan park.
The local regional council, which operates four parks attracting around
90,000 visitors a year, has given the green light for a new tourist park
to be built near the Urangan Pier at Hervey Bay. It is likely to completed
mid-2018. Caravanners have welcomed the news, saying it bucks the previous
trend of parks being shut and redeveloped for housing. "We've said for
years they should have left them alone as they were full nearly all year
round," one local resident complained. "But no, council with the stroke of
a pen got rid of them." The new park is being built on the site of a
former refuelling facility for ships.
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marks caravanning love affair
time to recharge and reconnect with a summertime caravan and camping
That's the advice from
NSW's Caravan & Camping Industry Association chief executive Lyndel Gray.
"It's amazing the kind of rejuvenation a caravan or camping holiday can
deliver," she said. The beginning of summer marks the start of Australia’s
love affair with caravan and camping - the perfect opportunity to unwind,
disconnect from work, reconnect with family and generally enjoy life to
the full. Her association has just published a new guide
which is a mine of information for caravanners.
New facilities for Mudjimba park
THE council-operated caravan park at Mudjimba on Queensland's Sunshine
Coast is having a new amenity building and camp kitchen.
will begin on the new facilities at the end of this month. The popular
200-site Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park in Cottonwood Street is one of six
parks run by Sunshine Coast Council. They reaped nearly $16 million in
revenue during the last financial year, an 11 percent increase on the
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stage of new WA campground completed
THE first stage of the new $2.7 million Jarrahdene Campground in WA's
south-west is now complete.
total of 24 individual camp sites, five double-cubicle toilets and four
barbecue shelters, as well as tables and fireplaces for each camp site,
are available to visitors. Camp sites are suitable for caravans,
campervans, camper trailers and tents. Jarrahdene offers a range of camp
sites suitable for caravans, camper vans, camper trailers and tents
nestled within a mix of jarrah, marri and peppermint bushland.
rules to follow
Stay safe, cops urge
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POLICE have urged
tourists and holidaymakers to stay safe at camping and caravan parks this
summer. Sergeant Cath Purcell said caravan parks were a great
place to spend the summer, with comfortable amenities and recreational
facilities to make touring and holidays easy. But she warned: "There are
important things to remember when going to any caravan park, that you take
responsibility for your personal safety and property security. Whether you
are travelling around Australia, staying one night or staying for a while,
there are some essential, common-sense rules to follow.
* Always abide by the park’s rules, speed
limits and safety signs.
* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure at
all times when you are not using it.
* Place valuables out of view and
in a secure, lockable location.
* Secure expensive items such as
portable fridges, bicycles, using cable and padlock if necessary.
Leave large amounts of cash in the bank and carry minimal or no cash.
Pack away loose items, which might attract opportunistic (or professional)
thieves to your camping area.
Grey nomad boom
in SA towns
Australian mining town of Roxby Downs is attracting a record number of
grey nomads. Locals attribute
the surge to the Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association's
marketing strategies and the town's businesses. Meanwhile, Woomera 80km
away has also had plenty of tourists, with Woomera Travellers Village and
Caravan Park manager Shane Hofmeier describing 2017 as one of the best
years in a decade. "We had 12,187 visitors in six months, which is up by
over 100 people from last year," he said. There had been a high number of
grey nomads visiting the area. "There’s new people all the time and the
regulars coming through, but because retirees are getting their super they
can go out and buy a caravan and do some extra travelling," Mr Hofmeier
said. "We expect it to be like this for the next five years or so with
more people buying caravans."Have your say
twister title ditched
Australian Touring Caravan, Motorhome and Camping Club has had a name
title has been replaced with the easier to say and remember, Australian
Touring RV Club. Secretary Ric Bennetts explained: "The complexity of the
original name was difficult for members, sponsors and business partners
alike and was very difficult to locate on electronic media." The primary
objective is to give the club's 500 members touring in their RVs the
opportunity to meet up with others wherever they go. "This might be for a
state-recognised rally, a social encounter or for assistance and advice,"
Mr Bennetts said. "We also have a friendship list if you are in trouble."
New members are welcome and details can be found on the
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in bid to attract more grey nomads
THE cathedral city of Wangaratta in Victoria's northeast has fired the
first salvo its battle to attract more grey nomads.
Local councillors voted unanimously to
encourage caravanners and motorhomers to stop in the city ... by
installing an RV dump point. But a Rural City of Wangaratta council report
pointed out that the provision of a dump point did not include the
installation of overnight free camping within the city "which would have
an economic impact on the city and neighbouring village’s caravan parks".
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When a towing course would
HAVE towed a large caravan on the open
road and pulled up before towns for hubby to drive.
I’ve towed a small
caravan through towns.
I have no reversing
experience and no troubleshooting knowledge.
If hubby was to take ill?? We would be
I would welcome a towing competency course.
JUST driven around every Australian state, including Tasmania,
and I did not see one caravan accident.
But I witnessed
plenty of truck rollovers and accidents and heard of others
smashing into low bridges.
I think they
should have a close look at themselves before attacking people who
Not a solution
SPECIAL caravan towing licences would not stop caravan crashes
any more than special truck licences stops truck crashes.
GREAT idea to limit amount of water dumped into these RV dump
points (See original story here).
Was in Queensland recently and two motorhome buses filled
the dump point tank with grey and black water.
proudly telling me his 1000 litre water carrying capacity allows
him to wash clothes, shower and use as much water as he likes.
But he was quite resentful when the suggestion was made that
the volume of waste he was dumping was preventing others from
being able to clear their paltry 20 litres of waste water.