'Incredibly generous with his time
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.
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,"
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
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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