'Timely opportunity to share information'
FLOCK TO CHRISTMAS IN JULY EVENT
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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
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
Weighing caravans at Mareeba
weights were simply rectified by removing the grey water from their
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
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
"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
"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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