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MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Perpetuating a potentially deadly myth
SO caravanners are furious over
Holden's latest ad portraying an impatient caravanner (see story
Normally I'm pretty clear in my opinions, but I find myself in two
minds with this one.
I drive a large RV with a car in tow on a trailer.
It is capable of driving safely at the speed limit, but doesn't
have the acceleration to pass slower vehicles ‒
even at 85km/h
This means I need a good 2km of straight and empty road to get
Try getting that on the Bruce Highway!
I get stuck behind slower vehicles (invariably, it seems, older
'vans) whose drivers seem incapable or unwilling to pull over to
let faster traffic get past when an opportunity exists.
I try to ensure faster vehicles pass me at the earliest
opportunity, but it almost seems like some people see
consideration as a sign of weakness and refuse to cooperate with
other road users.
This behaviour was bound to attract an ad like this eventually.
If you don't want to be portrayed like this, then don't drive like
Conversely, I'm always worried when an ad portrays aggressive
driving as good ... worse still, encouraging the next generation
of drivers to act the same way.
Australian drivers ‒ and particularly
Victorian drivers ‒ have a dreadful
reputation for confusing aggression with competence.
We don't want car manufacturers and advertising companies
perpetuating that potentially deadly myth.
BLOOMIN' heck, how precious have we
If you take offence at this ad, hope no one ever refers to you as
an "old fart in a caravan park".
Maybe John Williamson needs to apologise to us as well.
Have we lost the ability to have a bit of a laugh these
(politically correct) days?
GREAT news for nature-based eco camping
parks (see story here).
But the farmer who wants to obtain a few extra dollars from having a
'free-camp' site down on the creek bank seems to be excluded from this
If this is the case, it means that all WA farmers who have a caravan
park within 50km of their front gate are still prevented from offering a
bush-camp site to travellers.
Sales = profits
YOU reported that Fleetwood had been hit
by smaller businesses (see story here)
We loved our Windsor, but when it came
time to update we discovered no one was selling them in Victoria.
The local Coromal dealership's stock of Coromals disappeared too.
Perhaps they need to sell their product to make a profit?
A CARAVAN thief was handed a suspended
jail sentence (see story here).
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
So an 18yo MAN, not a youth, received basically a suspended sentence for
all those charges. They were not misdemeanours, they were hard core
NT magistrates have the same softly, softly attitude as their southern
comrades. They just do not live in the real world.
They get sucked in continually by the defence: "Your Lordship, Honour,
Judge, magistrate etc.
"This boy has come from a deprived, broken family, really a good boy but
led astray by others and promises to not do it again.
"Sorry about the ICE addiction but sending him to jail will only make it
"Let him go free and he will clean himself up and make a solid
contribution to society."
I should have been a QC or SC.
So there we go, nothing solved at all.
Caravanners in the NT and all over Australia, lock up your caravans
because the law just ain't gonna help you.
WITH the arrogance shown by Geoff, who
responded to truckie outrage at caravanners in truck rest or parking
areas, truckies would be well within their rights to run right over the
likes of him (see letter here).
How dare he park up in their rest or parking areas for "a bit of a
He boasts of never having had any trouble. Well, I hope karma pays him a
visit sometime soon.
As one of the other contributors states: "It is the absolute, care about
myself only, buffoons that don't give a hoot about anyone else" that
give all of us a bad name.
Find somewhere else to have a snooze, Geoff!
I HAVE been trying to find out the
various state laws on rest areas, in particular how long can you legally
stop in a rest area with a caravan or motorhome.
Also what is the difference in rest areas showing sign 'No Camping' and
others that don't?
It appears not all know their own rules.
I would like to use these areas but do not wish to break the laws.
It would be helpful to know the number of hours you can legally stop in
each type of rest area in each state.
'He deserves to
have his hands chopped off'
Anzac Day thief escapes with war medals
from WA park
POLICE are checking CCTV
footage in a bid to trace an opportunist thief who made off with a Vietnam
veteran's war medals from a WA caravan park today. Ironically, part of
the haul included a Gallipoli war service medal, the theft coinciding with
the commemorative service marking the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.
Other medals stolen from the 65-year-old victim's LandCruiser at the
Greenough Rivermouth Caravan Park, south of Geraldton, included four
Vietnam war medals and RSL service badges. The theft was recorded on the
park's closed-circuit surveillance system and footage has been handed to
police. A spokeswoman at the park told Caravanning News: "This is
really awful and the owner is very upset. The medals are not worth
anything to anyone else. The thief deserves to have his hands chopped off.
I am devastated." The medals are engraved with the service number 312629.
The thief escaped in a dark coloured Falcon with mags and a sun-damaged
bonnet and roof. He is thought to be in his mid-twenties, about 6ft tall,
thin and with short facial hair. He wore a hoodie and a creamy coloured
glove on his left hand.
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'We are here to
Fleetwood RV rejects call to quit
FLEETWOOD RV has rejected a
suggestion it should abandon its caravan manufacturing business. Analyst
Simon Andrew of financial services company Hartleys believes the
Perth-based builder of Coromal and Windsor caravans, part of Fleetwood
Corporation, needs to be closed or sold to help reduce debt. "We struggle
to see how Fleetwood can turn the business around in what is clearly
becoming a more competitive market, both from local and foreign
competition," he said. But Fleetwood RV chief executive Brad van Hemert,
told Caravanning News: "This is the view of only one analyst out of
probably 10 or 12 at a briefing ... there is no question of us getting out
of the caravan industry. We are producing the Coromal and Windsor brand of
caravans and will continue to do so. We are here to stay." He said the analyst's comments had
caused "a little bit of turmoil".
'Insatiable appetite' for
caravans, says industry's peak body
CARAVAN production has
soared 26 percent over the last 10 years and continues to see steady
growth, the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has revealed.
The latest figures show that
last year's production was the second highest in over two decades, with a
total of 21,300 caravans and motorhomes rolling off production lines ...
4.4 percent more than in 2013.
Releasing the statistics, the peak body for Australia's caravanning and
camping industry said they demonstrated that the consumers' insatiable
appetite for caravan and camping was continuing.
"In the context of failed car manufacturing, it's great to see our
industry punching above its weight, producing a product that Australians
want to use," delighted association chief executive Stuart Lamont said.
"Over 70 percent of all caravans bought in Australia are made here," he
Looking further back, production in 2014 was four times higher than
combined production in 1995, when only 4982 caravans and motorhomes were
"The strength of the caravanning and camping industry in Australia is
undeniable," Mr Lamont said.
"Caravanning and camping provides the perfect backdrop for Australians to
rediscover some of the great travel destinations in the world right here
in our own backyard.
"The ability to reconnect with nature, spend quality time with family, and
to escape the routine of an increasingly hectic lifestyle are just some of
the attractions driving the current success of the industry," he added.
BUSY WEEKEND FOR RV CROOKS
Stolen Sunland Winton caravan
Stolen Ambassador Adventure
THIEVES with a penchant
for recreational vehicles had a busy time on the weekend. A grey
Ambassador Adventure camper trailer was stolen from the front yard of a
home in northern Mount Gambier. And an eight-year-old Sunland caravan
disappeared at Narangba north of Brisbane and a Jayco caravan was stolen
in SA. Police said it was not known
whether the camper trailer was towed away or removed on the back of a
recovery truck. It was fitted with a tow hitch lock which would have had
to broken off, they said. The trailer, registration S716TAD, has a spare
wheel cover with 'Cape York' on it, solar panels, a tool box, ground mats
and a Treg hitch instead of the usual tow ball. Meanwhile, it is believed
the Sunland Winton caravan, registration number 397QNO, headed south after
being stolen from outside its owner's home on Saturday. There was an unconfirmed report it was seen
on Sunday morning heading south on the New England Hwy at Wallangarra on
the Queensland-NSW border. Murray Bridge police are also investigating the
theft of a 4WD and caravan at Murray Bridge in SA. The Toyota LandCruiser,
registration S488AOX, and Jayco Sterling caravan with a Northern Territory
registration TJ4852 were stolen from outside a home in Finch Road. The
caravan has a distinctive checker plate toolbox on the frame, a table on
one side and spare tyre on the rear.
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Her one wish: caravan
with loo and door!
Abbey's dream comes
By Dennis Amor
big-hearted caravanning industry pulled together to make a seriously ill
girl's dream come true. Five-year-old Abbey Waghorn, who is battling
leukaemia, said her one wish was to go camping ... but in a caravan with a
loo and door! The family's much-loved camping trips ended when Abbey's
forced to sell their campervan to help pay mounting medical
bills. But camping adventures are now back on the agenda thanks to the
generosity of the state's Caravan Industry Association, Jayco CaravanLand
and two other donors. They raised funds to buy a brand new $43,000 Jayco
Expanda Outback, which was handed over to the family at the recent Perth
Caravannng and Camping Show. Mum Tash said Abbey had dreamt of going
camping again but "in a new caravan that had bunk beds and a toilet that
had a door on it". After receiving the caravan, an overjoyed Abbey
designed a special thank-you card for CaravanLand to show her
appreciation. Caravan Industry Association chief executive Simon Glossop told Caravanning News that his association was proud to be
a part of the "Caravan of Courage" for little Abbey. "Knowing how much
Abbey, and indeed her whole family, love caravanning and camping it was
great to be involved with Jayco CaravanLand to give the family an
opportunity to get back outdoors," he said.
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Police hunt after rig rips out bowser hose
Oblivious caravanner triggers major drama at servo
POLICE were hunting a caravanner who unknowingly caused a major drama at a fuel station in NSW.
The elderly traveller's caravan collided with a pole causing it to rip out
a bowser's fuel hose as it left The Roadhouse on the Olympic Highway at Young on
Monday. A quick-thinking attendant managed to hit an emergency switch to
prevent any further fuel spillage. A police spokeswoman told Caravanning
News that the driver was probably oblivious to the accident. "We
have been unable to identify the tow vehicle but the caravan was an
older-style with blue and brown stripes on its side," she said. She
described the driver as aged between 60 and 70. His female passenger had
blonde hair and was in her 60s. The rig was last seen heading north.
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Above: The seriously
ill patient about to be winched into the rescue helicopter. Left: The chopper
approaches the ship.
from cruise liner
By Dennis Amor
themselves in the middle of a high-seas drama when a cruise ship passenger
was taken seriously ill. The Queensland couple, who did not want to be
named, were on the final night of a 28-day round-Australia cruise on the
116,000-tonne Diamond Princess when they, and hundreds of other
ordered out of their cabins. "The higher decks were cleared for safety
reasons and to allow a helicopter to retrieve the sick woman," they told
Caravanning News. The drama happened at night about 50km north-east
of Newcastle in NSW. The Westpac rescue chopper was unable to land on the
ship's deck and hovered overhead for nearly 10 minutes while the elderly
woman was placed in a gurney and winched aboard. "The captain told us that
she was in a stable condition," the full-time caravanners, who were taking
a break from their land travels, said. "It was a shame her dream cruise
ended that way." The chopper made two flights to the ship, the first to
winch down a paramedic and a crew member to prepare the patient for the
mercy flight to the John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle. It then returned to the mainland to refuel before flying
back to complete the five-hour mission. "The pilot, medical crew and staff
on the ship did a fantastic job," the caravanners said. "It was awesome
the way that pilot controlled his aircraft over the moving ship. Luckily
the seas were calm." They said some passengers grumbled about being
locked out of their cabins for so long.
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'Peace of mind for
Cabins for pampered pooches
A West Australian caravan
park has decided that dogs can join their owners in holiday cabins ... but
not during Christmas and New Year. BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park in
Busselton has amended its policy to allow families to take their pooches
inside ensuite cabins between February 1 and December 1. Dogs have been
allowed to stay on the park's campsites since 2011. Park manager Gavin
Farrell said the change of policy was in response to an increase in
requests from guests. "It's very important to them that their dogs are
comfortable and happy in an unfamiliar setting," he said. "Allowing dogs
to stay with their families provides peace of mind for dog owners that
their four-legged friends can be with them overnight, and it's sure to be
a popular option as winter approaches. Of course, because the safety of
our guests is the number one priority, dogs stay on a discretionary
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rainbow caravans on display
WINNIBAGO plans to brighten up the NSW Caravan, Camping and Holiday
Supershow with its new range of colourful Minnie caravans.
It will be the first time the tangerine orange, lime green, racing red,
sunshine yellow, baby pink and the more traditional platinum grey RVs have
been shown together in Australia. "We know the Minnies will stand out not
only because of their dynamic colours, but because this is the first year
Australians have had access to an authentic Winnebago-built product
straight from the USA," chief executive Luke Trouchet said. The caravans
are designed and manufactured by Winnebago Industries in America and
custom-modified specifically for Australian conditions. The nine-day
supershow opens at Rosehill Racecourse on April 11.
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cooker blamed for man's death
CARAVANNERS and campers have been warned about the dangers of using
portable butane cookers after the death of a 33-year-old man in New South
Wales. Nathan Kliendienst suffered 100 percent
burns when his caravan erupted in a ball of fire after a butane cylinder
exploded at Casino's Glen Villa Resort. Now NSW Fair Trading Commissioner
Rod Stowe has issued a warning about portable butane 'lunchbox' type
cookers due to safety issues, including overheating. "We recommend
consumers do not buy portable cookers of this type," he said. Compliance
certification for all current models of the cookers has been suspended by
the independent safety certifiers and it is now illegal to sell them in
NSW. Other states and territories are being urged to also outlaw them.
how to flout the rules
SOME campervan hire companies are dishing out pamphlets advising
backpackers how they can flout the law, claims a former Victorian
policeman. The 62-year-old retired officer now
caravanner, who wants to only be known as Ronin, told Caravanning News:
"In my 30 years of law enforcement I have never seen or heard of a
backpacker paying a fine ... and trust me I have fined a few." Ronin said
overseas travellers soon learn by word of mouth how to avoid paying fines
and caravan park fees. He said that in some cases pamphlets explaining how
it can be done were supplied at backpacker hotels and even handed out when
backpackers hired campervans. "The pamphlets contain information not only
on flouting traffic laws but how to get freebies while travelling
Australia," he claimed. Illegally camped backpackers in their campervans,
and in some cases caravans, have created a headache for numerous seaside
to direct peak body
AN independent board will strategically direct the Caravan Industry
Association of Australia, it has been revealed.
The move follows a landmark meeting held in association with the peak
national body for the caravan and camping industry's national conference
and state associations. "This is a significant decision in the history of
the caravanning and camping industry, one which will provide strategic
direction, develop industry stretch targets and allow for harmonised
thinking throughout the sector," outgoing chairman Mark Lindsay said.
industry development manager for CIA VIC THE Caravan Industry Association of Victoria has appointed Daniel Sahlberg to the newly created position of
industry development manager. Mr Sahlberg has
extensive experience in the industry, especially in compliance and
technical advice. He has built strong and long-standing relationships with
regulators at a state and national level through his time at Windsor
Caravans, RVMA and more.
Bumper Easter for
Sunshine Coast parks
STRONG domestic tourism and a change in school holidays continues to
underpin the good performance of a Queensland council's six caravan parks.
In fact, Sunshine Coast Council reports a full house at its beachside
parks at Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Mudjimba and
Coolum for the first week of the Easter holidays, with just a handful of
sites available for the second week. In 2012 the State Government extended
the Queensland school holidays to make a full two-week block instead of
the previous six days plus the public holidays. A council spokesman said
figures now showed growth in young families staying at its parks.
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Park staff receive
thousands in underpaid wages AN Alice Springs caravan park has been ordered
to repay thousands of dollars to underpaid staff.
This follows an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman who found that 26
workers at the unnamed park were not paid their minimum hourly rates and
weekend penalty rates over a 12-month period in 2013-2014. Ombudsman
Natalie James said the employees were reimbursed in full without the need
for further action after Fair Work inspectors contacted the park and
explained its obligations.
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Coast plan to attract RV travellers
COUNCILLORS on Queensland's Fraser Coast have endorsed an ambitious plan
which could lead to a bigger slice of Australia's burgeoning caravanning
and camping market. The local regional council
decided to adopt the strategy, developed by the Fraser Coast Camping
Stakeholders Working Group made up of representatives from the council,
caravan industry and chambers of commerce. The strategy said it recognised
that camping, caravanning and recreational vehicles were a significant
industry worth $6.5 billion annually. Included in its 24 recommendations
are that the council investigate introducing 'Stop and Shop' sites in
Maryborough and Hervey Bay; retain Petrie Park near Tiaro as a designated
bush camping site; expand the existing RV site at Bauple and investigate
an additional RV parking area within the Glenwood township.
Park's predicted revenue fails to deliver
PUBLICITY surrounding a council's decision to evict permanents from its
caravan park is being blamed for a dramatic fall in revenue. Holdfast
Bay City Council took a hammering after Brighton Caravan Park residents
were given their marching orders to make way for a $3 million
redevelopment. The park was expected to reap in $849,000 for 2014/15 but
council figures have revealed it will raise only about $320,000. A council
report said revenue fell due to lower bookings after bad publicity
surrounding a court case over the evictions, and cabins being
unavailable due to refurbishment or demolition. Development delays also
resulted in new cabins not being ready for the peak summer season.
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future for NSW caravan park
THE future looks bleak for a NSW caravan park which has been on the market
for a decade. Owner Geoff Smith (pictured), 75,
has unsuccessfully been trying to sell the 3.5-star flood prone Lismore
Palms but has now told tenants ill health may force him to pull down the
shutters unless a buyer can be found within the next few weeks. Mr Smith,
who bought the park in 1982 after working as a motel and caravan park
broker in NSW and Queensland, was asking $2.5 million for the property
which includes a two-storey five-bedroom brick home. Mr Smith, who is
facing heart surgery, said the only way the park could be saved was if a
freehold buyer could be found before the end of May.
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New owners for
PARDOO Station in WA's Pilbara, which offers caravanners the chance to
stay on a half-million acre working cattle station, has been sold to a
Singapore-based company for $13.5 million. Its
140-site caravan park also caters for travellers wanting to chill out
along the pristine coastline in the state's north-west. Other
accommodation options at Pardoo are ideal for families, backpackers and
corporate clients. The new owners reportedly want to improve cattle
production and eco-tourism at the remote property. More emphasis will be
placed on understanding indigenous culture, life on the station and
deep-sea fishing. The caravan park copped a flogging two years ago when
Cyclone Rusty left a $2 million trail of damage across the station.
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RV Conference a success
THE World RV Conference hosted by the Caravan Industry Association of
Australia has been dubbed an "unmitigated success".
Last month's three-day global talkfest in Melbourne focused on worldwide
challenges to the RV industry and their solutions. With 332 delegates from
16 countries, the third-ever world RV conference has grown from strength
to strength since its inauguration in Dusseldorf in 2008. "We are very
proud to have hosted such a breakthrough event for the industry globally,"
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont
Caravan industry a
leader in jobs security
AUSTRALIA'S caravan industry is a leading sector when it comes to job
security, according to industry analysts IBISWorld.
In fact, it came fourth in the company's top 10 list of low-risk
industries. IBISWorld revealed that a common theme in the safe industries
list was the effect of the ageing population. "The increase in the number
of baby boomers moving out of the workforce is significantly affecting the
risk of a number of industries," it said. "The trailers and caravan
dealers industry is an example of an industry facing a period of
relatively low risk, with the industry in the growth phase of its life
cycle as a result of demand from travelling and comparatively wealthy
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fined after caravan park sewage spills into river
KEMPSEY Shire Council in NSW has been ordered to pay $15,000 after huge
quantities of untreated sewage escaped into Macleay River from its Stuarts
Point caravan park. A power outage was blamed
for the problem which resulted in an estimated 2000 litres of raw sewage
flowing into the adjoining river. The NSW Environment Protection Authority
issued the penalty notice after carrying out an investigation into last
puts caravanning on top
CARAVANNING and camping had the largest growth by accommodation type, with
a seven percent rise to almost 45 million nights in 2014, according to a
Tourism Research Australia national visitor survey.
This was backed up by the drive market, with trips increasing by seven
percent to 58 million, and accounting for 65 percent of the total growth
in overnight trips. Nights in hotels, resorts, motels and motor inns
increased by 4 percent during the year. New South Wales was again the most
popular state for domestic trips.
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to improve links with trade members
NEW South Wales' caravan and camping industry has moved to strengthen
relationships across its trade membership.
Leading the effort will be Jason Beckford, who has been appointed new
manager of the Caravan & Camping Industry Association's Trade Engagement
and Services. "Jason's skills and experience, with a background in
transport, logistics and stakeholder management, along with a
qualification in auto electrics, will be invaluable in his new role,"
association chief executive Lyndel Gray said.
Plans to allow RVs
at luxury eco lodge on Apple Isle
AN award-winning luxury eco lodge in Tasmania's Freycinet National Park
could be offering motorhomers somewhere to stay.
The island's peak motoring group, RACT, has submitted a plan to
accommodate a dozen RVs at its upmarket Freycinet Lodge on the east coast.
The project is one of six which have now been accepted for inclusion in
the second stage of the state government’s expressions of interest process
for development in reserves. Motorhome sites at the Freycinet Lodge
extension would be powered, with each having a private ensuite toilet and
bathroom facilities. RACT said the area was elevated and surrounded by
trees. "There will be no visual impact, and the site is accessible using
an existing roadway," its proposal explained.
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honours IT whiz
Future Leaders award
BRAD Illich has been
honoured by Australia's caravanning industry. He was named Future
Leader for 2015 at last month's Caravan Industry Association of Australia
national conference. A lifelong worker in the tourism industry, the
32-year-old (pictured with his award) said he was "excited and
appreciative" to receive the prestigious award. "It has been a culmination
of years of work beginning back in 2000 when I started my small IT
business," he explained. Brad worked hard for the Illich family-owned and
operated Ashmore Palms Holiday Village and Brisbane Holiday Village which,
he once said, was his whole life. He took his understanding of the tourism
industry and created Xtreme, an IT company specialising in holiday parks
and the tourism and hospitality business. By 2010, he and a small team of
skilled young IT techs, programmers and web designers had created NewBook,
a property management and online booking system designed from scratch.
Last year’s inaugural winner of the award was Josh Carnavas of Brisbane
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ISAAC Regional Council in north Queensland is clamping down on illegal
camping. Caravanners and other travellers have
been warned that council officers will be more prevalent as local laws
covering coastal camping areas are enforced. This follows changes to the
area's Coastal Camping Management Plan which now clearly identifies where
people can legally camp. Better policing to ensure travellers obey the
rules are among the changes. Overnight camping on public land at Clairview
has been banned. Camping is being allowed at designated areas in St
Lawrence and Carmila at $10 nightly for each site. Councillor Geoff Bethel
said the council was committed to acting in the best interest of local
communities and the environment. "In the lead up to peak season, council
will communicate payment methods available to campers and will begin
making regular compliance inspections," he added.
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scheme taking off
CARAVANNERS are said to be "rushing" to take advantage of an insurance
scheme offered under the umbrella of the National Association of Caravan
Clubs. Although the take-up was slow,
association spokesman Brian Kelleher said the word was now spreading
throughout the nation's caravan clubs. He claimed that emails from members
indicated big savings. The insurance scheme was made available through the
help of MoTOURing, a body made up of the Campervan & Motorhome Club of
Australia, the National Association of Caravan Clubs and the Australasian
Touring Caravan, Motorhome & Camping Club. For more information, click here.
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show all ready for the off
MORE than 75,000 caravanning enthusiasts are expected to flock to NSW's
major show this month. Sydney's Rosehill
Racecourse will again host the nine-day Caravan, Camping & Holiday
Supershow beginning April 11. "This year’s show has over 300 exhibitors
and thousands of products on display allowing you to research, review,
book and buy all in the one location," the state's Caravan and Camping
Industry Association chief executive, Lyndel Gray, said. "People will come
from all over the country because it's a great place to find everything
they need ... from a new tent or swag to a luxury RV or the perfect camper
trailer that can take them anywhere." She said the event would feature an
expanded motorhome and campervan area with more luxury vehicles on show.
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Aspen buys and
ASPEN Parks Property Fund has sold three of its holiday parks in WA and
bought another in Queensland. The Perth-based
fund paid $6.3 million for the 107-site, 4.5-star Australiana Holiday Park
at Hervey Bay. The park offers 107 sites with a mix of two thirds
short-stay caravan sites and cabins and one third permanent residents.
Aspen said it would provide exposure to the Queensland coastal market,
with the acquisition being consistent with its objective to increase the
geographic diversity of its portfolio. Meanwhile, Aspen has secured
conditional contracts for the sale of Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in Shark
Bay, the Exmouth Cape Holiday Park in Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef Resort
in Coral Bay. RAC Tourism Assets will pay for $33.7 million for the
properties. Aspen said the move was in line with a decision to focus on
more traditional short stay-residential parks, without exposure to
extensive food and beverage operations.
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with alleged animal cruelty at caravan park
A 33-year-old Tully man was arrested after Queensland police received
complaints he allegedly punched and kicked a dog at a local caravan park.
A group of international tourists at the park contacted police after
witnessing the alleged offence. Police took the animal to a local vet for
treatment. The man was charged with cruelty to an animal and will appear
at Tully Magistrates Court on April 23.
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Tariff move unpopular
FREESPIRIT has urged caravan parks to stop
publishing their tariffs (see story here).
Reading this article reminds me of corporations chasing their bottom line
only, regardless of the product they are promoting or selling.
Typical 'head in the clouds' scenario.
Although I am not of retirement age yet, and still only get out and about
with my family only a couple of times a year, I spend a reasonable amount
of time researching our holiday plans.
A big part of that is the cost.
I won't contact any company or establishment which does not advertise its
It suggests they have something to hide and are not interested in my
business ... only my money.
Any company which changes its prices on the fly without notification is
simply dodgy in my book, and therefore are not entitled to my tourist
Two things I look for and admire in all my business dealings are honesty
If a company can't operate on these two principles, then they are not
worth my time.
Providing a comfortable, clean, safe and enjoyable environment for all
guests from all walks of life will bring in the business and generate
No need to stress over the P & L sheets. That will happen naturally.
Advertising that fact and being transparent in your business dealings will
automatically put your customer at ease.
I'm not saying you have to disclose all your business dealings, just the
Like a price list of your services and lists of activities, interesting
points in the area, history and other important information.
Just my two cents worth.
I WILL not make a booking at a park that does not show its
Fuel for thought
TO me, if a fuel servo does not display its prices, I
go elsewhere to one that does.
By not publishing tariffs, I regard a caravan park as being not open for
And the idea of increasing tariffs just because space is becoming more
occupied is certainly not fair.
I reckon that when a park is over 75 percent full, customers need to be
compensated for the often 'sardine-like' conditions.
In fact, there should be a cheaper tariff due to the worsening conditions
created by so many adults and children being in residence.
THIS is just another way of justifying big tariff
rises and price gouging at its worst.
People research their travel and often book caravan sites on price as well
To arrive expecting to pay 'x' amount of dollars only to find the tariff
has risen is price gouging.
to lose guests
I WAS in advertising and marketing for over 37 years.
If you want to lose customers, stop advertising your rates.
Ninety percent of your market want to know the cost before they get there
... or near as.
They will not just turn up and ask, just in case they can't afford it and
be embarrassed if it was more than they hoped it would be.
If your rates were $33 a night but you did not advertise the rate and your
competitor was advertising $35 per night, they will get most of the
THE way that management company does business doesn't
appeal to us.
We like to know how much a site will cost before committing.
Would likely avoid any parks that didn't publish tariffs.
AND that is why people stop going to caravan parks
Imagine raising your price just because the park is nearly full.
I for one will not be supporting FreeSpirit with this attitude!
BE honest and upfront, put your prices in for the
various times of the year.
Let people decide whether or not they are prepared to pay for the services
and facilities that you offer, or do not offer.
To win the support of the grey nomads, how about a "deal" for them?
WHAT a good reason not to use
John and Laurel Hutcheon.
I READ in your last edition about Kilcoy's Anzac
Park now being free for overnight stays (see story here)..
will stop and spend our money in the town that gives a bit.
We will buy fuel, groceries and support coffee
Thank you Kilcoy.
GEE, Arthur Budgen should take take a
chill pill (see original letter here).
As a member of the very healthy ACC I can tell you that this caravan
club was set up to be inclusive of all no matter their mode of travel,
unlike the CMCA.
But really, aren't we all out to do the same thing and enjoy this great