to 32,000 monthly
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Visitors to the Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow in Brisbane from June 5 to 10 will get their exclusive first viewing of Apollo's new Queensland-built Coromal Element RTV 696 specially designed for families.
Click on BREAKING NEWS above to see full list of stories.
* Thieves escape with
caravan from Cattana Wetlands car park ...
Woman and children hurt in Hume Hwy caravan rollover ...
31,143 people reached.
Walkinshaw takes over New Age Caravans ... 20,069 people
Tiffin RV safety recall ... 19,328
Qld Govt pours $3m into Australia Zoo's planned caravan and
camping site ... 18,702
Dubbo caravan park on measles alert ...
18,333 people reached.
Caravanner Ken Wilson launches Truck Friendly programme ...
14,056 people reached.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Compliance days need
THE Redcliffe Compliance Day was a hit (see
I would like to see them move further
afield to encompass some areas west of Brisbane.
I bet the next one will be on the Gold Coast.
SO Essential Caravans is to rename
its Adventurer model after an approach from Jayco (see story
Why did jayco wait seven years before complaining?
Inset: Mr Trouchet
'Deterioration in trading conditions'
Apollo shares slump after
profit forecast in subdued RV
Tourism and Leisure, manufacturers of Windsor and Coromal caravans, opened
at a 2019-low of 41c today. The slump follows yesterday's announcement by
the global company that its predicted after-tax net profit for the current
financial year would be even lower than expected. Earlier this month it put its shares into a spiral after
revealing the figure would be between $17.5 million and $19.5 million. And
yesterday it estimated would it fall even more to between $14 million and
$15.5 million, blaming "further deterioration in trading conditions in RV
markets globally". In a report to shareholders the company
‒ which manufacturers Windsor and Coromal
caravans at its Brisbane factory ‒ said RV sales
remained "challenging". Although consumer interest had increased after the
recent Australian election the results of this were not expected to be
seen until the next financial year. "The recent addition of the Windsor
and Coromal brands to Apollo's retail offering represents a significant
opportunity for the company," it said. "However, due to the subdued
trading conditions for RV sales, the benefits are taking longer to
materialise than initially expected." Chief executive Luke Trouchet has
told shareholders that Apollo was implementing plans across the business
to address issues in RV sales and the company was "well placed" to execute
its long-term global growth strategy.
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ZOO's $3m GOVT GRANT
building a business at ratepayers' expense'
By Dennis Amor
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CARAVAN parks are fuming
over a Queensland Government decision to pour $3 million into Australia
Zoo's planned caravan park and camping ground.
The handout from the Growing Tourism Infrastructure
Fund will go towards building the 108-site Camp Croc Hunter,
which will offer everything from tent accommodation to caravan and
RV powered sites.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the $8 million
facility at the world famous zoo in Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast
hinterland would be a magnet for 39,000 additional visitors annually,
injecting another $4.5 million into the local economy.
But news of the grant has left local caravan
park operators dumbfounded, describing the multi-million dollar
grant as a "slap in the face".
building a business at the ratepayers' expense'
"This is absolutely disgusting and I intend contacting Kate Jones to
express my discontent and displeasure and also ask for a $3 million
grant," one disgruntled owner, who requested anonymity, told
"They're building a business at
expense. It just sucks," he said.
"Australia Zoo is a private enterprise company and there's no reason for a
Caravanning News' Facebook page ran hot when it first broke news of
the controversial plan at a time when many caravan
parks were struggling to survive, reaching over 65,000 people and
chalking up nearly 400 reactions, 114 shares and 54 comments.
"I am sure that Steve, God rest his soul, would have much preferred to see
it expand for the protection and education of wildlife and not for a
campground," caravanner Michael Shailer said.
Australia Zoo's Dr Terri Irwin said the grant
would be a great boost for the State's tourism
“Our tourism partnership with the Queensland Government will enable
Australia Zoo to employ more people in the Sunshine Coast region,
encourage visitors to stay longer and increase spending within our
community which is fantastic for our local economy," she added.
Angle grinder used in caravan theft
Thieves ruin couple's
CARAVAN thieves have
dashed the retirement plans of a Victorian couple. Their Jayco
Sterling caravan was stolen from outside their home, with the last
possible sighting being on the Hume Highway at Somerton where it was being
towed by a silver Nissan Navara. "From the sighting I feel it is now in
NSW," daughter Sarah Smith told Caravanning News. Her parents
bought the 2010 white and burgundy caravan, which has a dent on the
driver's side, in December and had used it only twice. "It was the start
of their retirement," Ms Smith said. "Their plans have now been ruined."
The thieves used an angle grinder to cut the towball lock and free the
caravan, registration T82954. Anyone with information is urged to contact
Carrum Downs Police on (03) 8770 4100. (Figures show
that within 24 hours of the story being posted on our
it had reached 115,171 people and attracted 472 reactions, 346 comments
... and a staggering 1700 shares.)
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Study reveals fascinating
RV ownership soars to record high
MORE people than ever in
Australia now own a caravan or some other form of RV, it has been
revealed. And 42 percent of RV owners have children under 15 living at
home. The average age of an RV owner in Australia is 33, has an average
income of $48,000 to $72,000 and the average age of ownership is 2.07
years. These fascinating facts are contained in the Caravan Industry
Association of Australia's inaugural RV Consumer Report 2018. It is
being heralded as the most comprehensive consumer study of its kind in
Australia to examine RV purchasing and usage preferences among current and
former owners, potential new market entrants and consumers who have
limited preference for buying into the RV lifestyle.
tradition continues at Manilla
THE tiny town of Manilla on NSW's Fossickers
Way near Tamworth is continuing its tradition of
welcoming travellers. It was originally a camping ground for teamsters
and bullock wagons who stayed there before continuing their journeys
carrying supplies to outlying cattle stations. And the time-honoured
hospitality is now being made available to grey nomads and other
adventurers ... in the shape of a permanent
72-hour freedom camping spot on a large flat shady area near the main
street. Maintained by the local Men's Shed, the "stop and shop" facility
offers drinking water and rubbish disposal, with a dump point nearby.
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endorses Fraser Coast RV strategy
COUNCILLORS have given the green light to Fraser Coast Regional Council's new
strategy to turn the Queensland region
into a premier RV, caravan and
camping destination. New plans include establishing Maryborough as an RV education and maintenance hub, investigating options
to offer low-cost camping options, reviewing signage and looking at
designated long-vehicle parking spaces. Councillor Paul Truscott said it
would guide the monitoring and management of RV sites and provide a
roadmap to grow the sector over the long term.
kiosk offers 'easy option'
SUNWATER has introduced a self-service kiosk to help campers at its
Burdekin Falls Dam in north Queensland. And the
kiosk comes with a benefit ... offering a $1 discount for credit card
payments. No pre-bookings are required and the maximum stay is four weeks.
"We're just offering an easy option for visitors to make and manage
camping bookings," SunWater said. Other changes at the campground include
free use of the washing machines. Meanwhile free camping will continue
at Wuruma Dam on the Nogo River near Eidsvold. "We understand the
importance of local recreation and tourism in the North Burnett
region and would like to assure the community that we are not closing or
planning to prohibit camping at Wuruma Dam," SunWater said. The authority
gave the assurance after phasing out camping on the foreshore near the
boat ramp. dam wall and spillway. The new site provides 40 designated
equally-sized free camping spaces on flat terrain away from trees and the
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pours $75,000 in city's economy
MEMBERS of the Australian Caravan Club poured
almost $75,000 into SA's Murray Bridge economy during their Chairman's
Muster in the city. Club chairman Craig Humphrey
said this equated to around $850 per recreational vehicle. About 170
members in 78 RVs and several cabins attended the gathering at the Murray
Bridge Marina and Caravan Park. "They supported local businesses and clubs
and were overwhelmed by the warm and friendly reception they received from
the local community," club chairman Craig Humphrey said.
lease of life for Kokoda
KOKODA Caravans has been given a new lease of
life after its umbrella company hit troubled
times. Kokoda was a sub-brand of Victoria-based Aussie Adventure
Caravans, which is in liquidation. Associated director of liquidators BDO
Australia David Brushe told Caravanning News it had failed
to receive any "acceptable" expressions of interest for the business as a
whole but had sold some intellectual property, including the Kokoda
registered trademark. Buyer Antoine Le Pajolec described Kokoda ‒ founded
in 2011 ‒ as a "strong brand, with amazing
customers". He said: "With our design and
experience we are going to see a whole new world of adventures open up for
our Kokodians. Followers of this well-known
Australian caravan brand have been happy to hear that its strong values
and attributes are about to get a big boost." In a Facebook
posting, Kokoda said its RVs had been built in long-established
manufacturing facilities in Victoria. "We will continue to build in-house
and partner with key facilities. We would like to confirm our commitment
to our customers and the quality that we provide will continue for many
years to come."
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camping issue goes to parliament
WA SHADOW Tourism Minister Libby Mettam has taken to parliament to raise
the issue of free camping and its affect on caravan parks.
Ms Mettam (pictured) took up the cudgels on behalf of Steve and Shirley
Smith whose Mount Barker Caravan Park is losing business to travellers
using the local government-financed free camping area. They have operated
the Albany Highway park ‒ which charges $30-$38
nightly for powered caravan sites but only $15 for fully self-contained
RVs ‒ for 11 years. She told the Legislative
Assembly there were concerns that some free camping sites were close to
operational or commercial caravan parks. "We are seeing free camp sites
supported and invested in by local governments, paid for by ratepayers and
competing directly with small businesses that have been operating in the
vicinity for some time," she said. While the Shire's free site provided
many benefits, Mt Barker caravan park had substantial support from the
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child snatcher returns to Qld
THE 73-year-old caravanner accused of attempting to kidnap a young girl at
a SA caravan park has been allowed to return to Queensland.
The six-year-old child's father threw abuse at the man as
he left Adelaide Magistrates Court. The caravanner, who was granted
conditional bail and will face court again in August, was arrested two
days after a Good Friday incident at the BIG4 West Parks holiday park west
of Adelaide, where he was staying with his wife of 53 years. Police are
alleged to have seized a number of items from the man's caravan.
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for 1000 caravan parks
AN estimated 1000 caravan parks around the
nation are set to be equipped with life-saving defibrillators, courtesy
of the Federal Government. It has partnered with the Caravan Industry
Association of Australia and will spend $1 million on the initiative. The
association will manage the implementation of the program on a 50:50
basis, with caravan parks ‒ which attract over 11 million Australians
annually ‒ contributing half the cost of each defibrillator. The
industry's peak body will work with caravan parks to ensure a speedy
rollout of the program as funding will be only be available this
will help caravanners save money
A QUEENSLAND business plans to show caravanners how they can save
thousands of dollars. During its free
Caravanners Workshop Seminar, the RV Service Centre at Toowoomba will
be dishing out oodles of advice on cutting down on bills. Topics to be covered
during the May 18 event include safety, maintenance, batteries and set-up
hacks. It will also lay on a free sausage sizzle, drinks and super
specials. "It's perfect for new caravanners and old hands that want to
keep up to date," the company said. There will also be an extended
questions and answer session during which experienced sales and technical
staff will answer questions.
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talent 'making serious waves' in industry
FOR YOUNG LEADERS AWARD
Industry Association of Australia has announced the finalists for this
year's Future Leaders Award. They are Suncoast Caravan Service general
manager Adam Twist, G'Day Group strategy and acquisitions manager Amanda
Baldwin, AL-KO International marketing manager Brad Hooper, Track Trailer
finance manager David Aitken and Meher Trailer Products head of innovation
& technology Meher Virdi. The winner will receive $10,000 towards
professional development and will be announced
at the association's gala dinner on the Gold Coast on
May 17. "This is an opportunity to recognise young talent already making
serious waves in our industry," the association said.
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creates Outdoria Group
The Outdoria Group is now
the leading destination in Australia and New Zealand for planning, booking
and equipping camping, caravanning, outdoor experiences and road trips.
TH2, a global joint venture of the world’s best travel,
technology and RV companies, has announced a
merger of its Roadtrippers Australasia and CamperMate businesses with
Australia’s leading outdoor tourism marketplaces GoSeeAustralia and
Outdoria. The deal involves a cash and asset investment into the merged
entity whereby TH2 becomes the largest shareholder with a 35 percent
stake. The newly formed Outdoria Group will be the region’s largest,
dedicated marketplace for outdoor tourism and adventure seekers. It will
offer customers booking and planning services for camping holidays and
experiences, as well as equipment sales ranging from campervans to RVs,
mountain bikes to fishing gear. Chairman of Jayco and founder of Outdoria
Gerry Ryan (pictured) said the merger combined
every aspect of outdoor travel into an integrated experience for the
customer. "This means customers benefit from having one place to go when
needing to plan, book, equip and then embark upon their outdoor
adventures," he explained.
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alert at Dubbo caravan park
DUBBO Midstate Caravan Park in NSW is on measles alert.
People who stayed at the park on April 11 have been advised to contact
their doctor if they suffer measles symptoms between now and at least May
6. The alert comes after a 22-year-old unvaccinated man was diagnosed with
the highly-contagious disease after returning from three weeks
in New Zealand. Western NSW Local Health District public health manager
Priscilla Stanley said attempts were being made to contact people who may
have been in the same location as the man while he was infectious. "There
is no public health risk at those locations now," she assured. "However,
people who were there at the time and who have not had two doses of
measles vaccine should keep an eye for symptoms." The alert also applies
to anyone who visited the local medical centre and emergency department on
April 11, 13, 16 and 17. Attempts by Caravanning News to contact
the caravan park were unsuccessful.
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Pets 'deserve a
little extra love'
Pooches enjoy pawesome
welcome at BIG4 parks
Have your say
THE BIG4 chain of holiday parks is going to the dogs.
Well, it's probably more accurate to report that the dogs are going to
BIG4 parks. There was a time when travelling pet pooches were banned from
almost all their holiday destinations, but not any more. An increasing
number are now welcoming canines with a plethora of facilities. For
instance, the chain's holiday park on the Gold Coast offers a 'Puppy
Pampering Palace' which includes doggie daycare kennels, pet-friendly
cabins and dog washing facilities. BIG4's Beachlands Holiday Park at
Busselton in WA has a pooch wash and blow-dry facility while its Cairns
Coconut resort has opened a secured dog agility park complete with
obstacles, ramps, poles, tunnels, jumps and more. Meanwhile, the BIG4
Karuah Jetty Holiday Park at Port Stephens in NSW also sells special dog
treats for when pets "deserve a little extra love". A BIG4
spokesperson told Caravanning News: "With roughly one-third of BIG4
parks across Australia now designated as dog-friendly, our guests can
emBARK on a break that includes the whole family!"
of good health
CARAVANNING and camping is good for your
health, according to the industry's peak organisation. "More and more,
we are seeing people use camping as a way of recovering from all sorts of
illnesses," the Caravan Industry Association of Australia said.
"Maintaining a healthy lifestyle seems to be front of mind for our Aussie
campers, with 68 percent describing their level of health as somewhat or
extremely healthy. This is compared to only 50 percent of non-campers."
The association said caravanners and campers
were more active, satisfied, happy, optimistic and energised than
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superstar and family hit the road
PATRICK Dangerfield, one of Australia’s most popular AFL sporting
personalities, and his family recently hit the road to explore the best of
the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. They were
filming for new television series Mobile Living, which
focuses purely on the RV lifestyle disconnecting from the loud noises of
everyday life and reconnecting as a family. The show has been developed by
Dometic Australia and produced by Cameron Damon Media in association with
the Caravan Industry Association of Australia. Dometic's head of marketing
Justine Schuller said the company was deeply passionate about mobile
living and committed to supporting the entire RV industry.
takes over Lane Cove
Delaware North has secured a 30-year lease to operate the popular 204-site
Lane Cove River Tourist Park 10km north of Sydney.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has run the caravan park, which
will be renamed Lane Cove Holiday Park, since 1998. Managing director Gary
Brown said his company was honoured to have been selected by NPWS from a
field of competitors. It continued Delaware North's expansion in the
Australian and New Zealand tourism and leisure segments. "Lane Cove
Holiday Park has established a great reputation among the tourism,
caravanning and camping community for its many outstanding services,
excellent facilities and of course its sensational proximity to Sydney and
the picturesque northern beaches," he said. "To have been awarded the
opportunity to operate and make further investments in this great facility
is a real privilege for us and we look forward to applying our years of
experience running similar facilities in Australia and national parks in
the United States to our stewardship of Lane Cove Holiday Park."
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advises on gas safety
CARAVANNERS and campers are being urged to check their gas appliances
before hitting the road. "In the wake of a barbeque gas bottle
explosion that injured a Brisbane teenager recently it is timely to remind
everyone that liquefied petroleum gas and butane appliances are dangerous
if stored, transported or used incorrectly,” Queensland Energy Minister Dr
Anthony Lynham said. He delivered the advice during a media conference at
the Broadwater Tourist Park on the Gold Coast. Dr Lynham warned that dodgy gas
installs also posed a risk. "A fire from a poorly-maintained unsafe gas
bottle or appliance is a sure-fire way to ruin your barbeque or entire
holiday. Don't risk it - get a gas fitter to do the job, check your
appliances for damage and look at the manufacturer’s instructions," he
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calls for more RV overnight parking
RESIDENTS at a Harvey Shire Council community meeting in WA called for
more overnight parking facilities for caravanners and other travellers.
The shire already boasts of having seven caravan
parks and "numerous camping grounds" managed by the Department of
Environment and Conservation. Shire president Tania Jackson (pictured)
said one of the major topics brought up at the meeting was a desire for
24-hour parking for recreational campers. "We certainly want people to
come to our area and there are some issues with this to work through," Cr
Jackson told local media. "We are already doing some work on this, but
when a community brings it up it gives us a mandate to continue to work
through the issues around this." She stressed it was important that such
facilities should not impact on other accommodation providers. Cr Jackson
said a major concern to work through would be to attract new tourists to
the area with the 24-hour camping facilities while ensuring it did not
negatively impact existing accommodation providers. This could be
addressed by providing adequate signage for caravan parks.
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Praise as New
Age Caravans step 'out
of the square'
REFERRING to the New Age takeover by Walkinshaw (see
We are loving the look of the New Oz Classic Series
Great design Gabby. Everything about it looks unreal.
Love the black sink and taps
Well done New Age for stepping out of the square.
I HOPE you look after the new and old owners of New
Age caravans better than the old mob.
HOPE their quality control