'Incredibly generous with his time and knowledge'

Caravan association mourns sudden death of industry stalwart Merv King

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AUSTRALIA'S peak caravanning industry association is mourning the shock death of stalwart Merv King.

Caravanning Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont told Caravanning News his sudden death at the weekend had come "as a great shock".

"He was larger than life and did so much for the caravanning industry," he said.

The association released a tribute saying that for more than three decades Mr King had been an enormous supporter of the caravan and camping industry, pushing the boundaries of the status quo.

"He was always looking to lift the standard of the caravan park industry," it said.

His dedicated efforts in representing and assisting caravan park owners had been well demonstrated over the years in many roles, including on the national board of the Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2007 to 2009.

His service to industry had been rightfully celebrated when in 2009 Mr King won the prestigious Eric Hayman Award – the industry’s highest individual award.

He was also awarded BIG4 Life Membership in 2007 and CCIA NSW Life Membership in 2017.

In addition to his service to the industry on the national board, he was a director of CCIA NSW for 10 years, having also served as president.

He was also a former BIG4 director and chairman.

"Merv's passionate and selfless approach to achieving goals on behalf of the industry has been legendary over his many years within the industry," the CIAA's tribute said.

"Known to have commanded strong opinions, he was also incredibly generous with his time and knowledge, and has been a mentor and sounding board for a number of today's caravan park leaders.

"He was an individual who left a lasting impression on those who came into contact with him. The industry is much the richer for his advocacy and input, and he leaves behind an important legacy."


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