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'Timely opportunity to share information'


Christmas in Jully

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HUNDREDS of grey nomads flocked to the Christmas in July event at Mareeba in far north Queensland.

Many were taking part in the annual migration of caravanners and campers who desert the southern states' bitter cold in favour of a more tropical climate.

Queensland Police Service, in conjunction with inspectors from Transport and Main Roads, held a free weight check.

A weigh station was set up on Riordon Street, where a large number of travellers took the opportunity to have their vehicles weighed for compliance.

A spokesperson said that with more than 20 caravans and camper trailers weighed, it was good to see only six were slightly over their allowed weight.

Xmas in July weighing

Weighing caravans at Mareeba

These weights were simply rectified by removing the grey water from their vehicles.

Police said that with the large number of caravans on Australian roads, the event was a timely opportunity to share information so travellers could make informed decisions and keep themselves and other road users safe.

An information session was held on road safety and the Understanding the Call of the Outback program which provided information about call points and towing of caravans and camper trailers.

Senior Constable Aleda Day, who created the program, said she was pleased to see the turnout.

"It was great to see so many turn up to have their motorhomes and caravans weighed to help increase their safety," she said.

"It was all about education and getting road safety information out to travellers that spend a great portion of their time on our roads.

"Travellers often don't factor in things such as the weight of bullbars, winches and other accessories which can change their overall gross combination mass.

"Consequently, this means that when water, fuel, food, personal items and clothing are added, they may be exceeding their permissible weight limit."


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