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* Caravan crooks strike at Malmsbury  ... 141,309 people reached.

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* Mystery over money found at Nambour caravan show ... 18,084 people reached

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MORE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Boffins doing worthwhile research for consumers

I WOULD like to comment on your story about boffins delving into caravan consumer laws (see story here).

With so much publicity about poor quality standards, this is a worthwhile research project for Australian caravanners.

We all hear or read about the Australian caravanning industry where poor quality or defective caravans are purchased and help is often all too hard for someone who has spent their savings and now cannot take the retirement travels they had planned.

Weight on delivery above what is the plated TARE can mean some have purchased a caravan they cannot use to the fullest due to little or no payload.

This is another area where some caravan buyers have been deceived or let down and end up with an unusable caravan.

There must be many people out there who have bought a new caravan with major problems.

They may or may not have received justice through various claims offices and Prof Elburn would love to hear from them via the survey.

Motherhen.


Going it alone

I ALWAYS thought council decisions were little like boardrooms, when a decision was made it was supported by all on the council.

Apparently not when one councillor can go it alone to start an online petition against what the council has decided.

The RV stopover is approved by council.

Said councillor apparently sees her position as being OK to support one business in town and not the horde of others that are benefiting from this freedom camp.

Should imagine there is some tension in council chambers due to this action.

Arthur Bugden.


Name change

SO Essential Caravans is to rename its Adventurer model after an approach from Jayco (see story here).

Why did jayco wait seven years before complaining?

Argencarp.


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Geist Club

MY husband and I bought a Geist 660 last August but are fairly clueless how to use it.

We would love to find out how to meet with another owner near where we live, which is Lakes Entrance, Victoria.

We would also really be interested in finding out how to join the current Geist Club.

I recently joined the Campervan Motorhome Club but would prefer something specific to our Geist.

Rick and Lilla.


 



 


UFO over Julie Creek

New logo  Indian moon mission on the menu

Heavenly feast for Julia Creek diners

GREY nomads at a Queensland outback caravan park were treated to a unique heavenly feast last night. Around 160 travellers were sitting down to one of Julia Creek Caravan Park's award-winning bush dinners when they spotted what they thought was a UFO high above them. "It was quite a bright and unusual light with a tail on it," Shauna Roberts told the ABC. "It was travelling north-east and we watched it for probably two or three minutes before it faded out. We had no idea what it was. It was really unusual." But experts were quick to resolve the mystery, explaining it was probably India's second Moon mission. University of Southern Queensland astronomer Jonti Horner suggested it could have been doing a prolonged engine burn. Managers at the council-owned remote park declined to comment when contacted by Caravanning News today, referring the inquiry to McKinlay Shire Council. There was no one available at the council to comment. Have your say


Hearing scheduled for July 24

ACCC action against Jayco set to begin

Jayco logoBy Dennis Amor

THE long-awaited court case involving consumer watchdog ACCC and Jayco is expected to begin next week. A spokesperson for the Federal Court in Victoria told Caravanning News today the hearing was due to commence before Justice Wheelahan on July 24. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is accusing the country's biggest manufacturer of caravans and other RVs of "unconscionable conduct" when dealing with unhappy customers. It is alleged four owners were refused refunds or replacement between 2013 and 2015 for their defective Jayco caravans. The ACCC claims the company did this despite knowing the caravans were defective and not functioning properly, even after repeated repair attempts. The proceedings were launched in November, 2017. Have your say


New logo  Controversial Gel Blasters under fire

ONLINE FORUM MEMBERS GAGGED OVER GUN ISSUE


A Gel Blaster AK-47 is pictured at top while the genuine article is underneath
 

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MEMBERS of a major online caravanning forum have been silenced after coming out all guns blazing over a controversial toy.

They had set their sights on the craze involving Gel Blasters, replica guns increasingly used in skirmish games similar to paintball.

But within seven hours of the first comment being posted yesterday, administrators of the 31,000-member Caravaners Forum (sic) decided to block further contributions from members, advising: "This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies".

Forumites had expressed concern that despite the handguns and rifles often being mistaken for the real thing, they had been classified as toys in some states.

"I would be devastated to see a kid shot by police in our current high terrorism awareness state because of a poor decision to carry a toy that looks nothing like a toy," one worried member wrote.

Another wanted to know how many 'jokers' would be tasered and mistakenly shot by police before they were banned.

"Whatever happened to common sense?" he asked.

"There are occasional days in my life that I want to close my eyes, go back to bed and hope I wake up to a better world."

Another commented: "These Gel Blasters are now legal like marijuana is becoming and will definitely lead to slug guns and eventually automatic assault weapons.

"They must be stopped!"

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan has already raised the issue and it is understood moves are underway to have regulations modified.

Gel Blasters are legal in Qld and SA but banned in NSW and Victoria, with no regulation in WA. Read more button


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'We're bursting at the seams'

Stellar weekend sees Parkes' parks full to overflowing

Parkes moon anniversary

SPACED-OUT tourists poured into caravan parks at Parkes in NSW to celebrate the Moon landing's 50th anniversary. "We're bursting at the seams," Cheryl Wakefield, manager of the council-owned Spicer Caravan Park, told Caravanning News. "We are having to turn people way. They're coming from everywhere and are from all walks of life. Everyone is very excited." A spokesman at the nearby Newell Hwy Motel and Caravan Park also reported being filled to capacity. "It's very busy here," he said. The town became world famous when its radio telescope more commonly known as The Dish relayed pictures from the Moon and Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface to an estimated 600 million people around the world. To mark the historic occasion, Parkes is putting on a stellar weekend of astronomical proportions. Ms Wakefield described the atmosphere as "surreal". "Everyone is heading for The Dish," she said. Parkes mayor Ken Keith said the local community was extremely proud of the role the The Dish played and for its ongoing contributions to astronomical discovery. "We are delighted to welcome visitors to the region to showcase our shire and arguably our most iconic attraction," he added. Have your say


Older retired grey nomads lead the way

Caravanning, camping more popular than ever

New figures released by the Tourism Research Australia show that domestic caravan and camping trips are more popular than ever. And older retired grey nomads are leading the way with 32 percent of total nights, while families account for 30 percent. Parents with children living at home chalked up the largest numbers of trips at 4.4 million, while the younger ones with no children were a close runner-up with 4.2 million trips. Australians spent 54.5 million nights caravanning and camping during the year ending March 2019, marking a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year. The total number of trips came to 12.9 million, an increase of 8.5 percent. Regional destinations continued to enjoy more income from caravanners and campers, with nearly a third of all trips in regional Australia in 2018-2019 year involving the sector. Surprisingly, the most popular activity for the year was eating out, with 6.7 million caravan and camping trips involving visits to local restaurants and cafes. Growth was experienced across all states and territories in terms of trips, with double digit growth recorded for the Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. New South Wales and Western Australia also experienced growth, but at a slightly lower rate. Have your say


Sunshine State springs into action

SLEEPY QLD TOWN AWAITS GREY NOMAD INVASION

Talaroo hot springs

By Dennis Amor

A SMALL sleepy town in far north Queensland may soon be attracting hordes of grey nomads. The state government has announced a $2.3 million grant for a new tourist attraction near Georgetown, population about 250. It will partner with the Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation to build 60 new short-stay camping and caravan/RV sites, five glamping sites, a swimming pool and campground amenities. The UNESCO-registered Talaroo historic hot springs near Georgetown 270km south-west of Innisfail will also be reopened. Upgrades will include a two-lane road, carpark, boardwalks, picnic shelters and landscaping. Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation chairman David Hudson said the Talaroo Hot Springs were a world-class natural and cultural asset. Up to 15 construction jobs would be crreated, and seven operational positions when open next year. "Their re-opening will significantly add to the existing tourism offerings within the Etheridge Shire and the region," he said. "We expect the springs will generate $1.7 million a year, attracting about 7000 visitors a year during the peak season of April to September." Have your say


Mareeba RV parking

Overnight stays banned

Mareeba opens temporary RV parking site

QUEENSLAND'S Mareeba Shire Council has opened a new temporary parking area for RVs. Travellers will be able to park on the Railway Avenue site for eight hours between 8am and 6pm. The council said it was looking forward to welcoming more travellers to the shire ahead of the annual 'Christmas in July' event from July 25 to 28. But it has warned that camping and overnight parking on the area will not be allowed. Have your say


Boost for heritage city's CBD

Work completed on Broken Hill's RV parking area

Broken Hill signWORK has finished on a new parking area for caravans and motorhomes at Broken Hill in NSW. "This project is now complete with some very minor works remaining," the local council's chief operations officer, Anthony Misagh, told Caravanning News. "RV and directive signs will be installed shortly." Located opposite the heritage city's Tourist Information Centre, the area will accommodate seven large recreational vehicles and 32 regular vehicles. The $300,000 Kintore Reserve project will also include a dump point for RVs. The area is just a short walk from the main business area. Mr Misagh said the facility would make the city more RV friendly and also help boost tourism in the CBD. It had been hoped construction could be completed in mid-April. Have your say


Mullumbimby caravan fire

Blaze being investigated

Fire destroys motorhome at Mullumbimby

FIRE crews tackled a fierce blaze involving a "large mobile home" at Tallowood oval in Mullumbimby, NSW. A fire service spokesman said the fire broke out at about 5am yesterday. The motorhome was destroyed and there were no reports of anyone being trapped. "Crews contained the fire and the owner was on site," he told Caravanning News. "The fire was contained and did not spread." Police were later investigating the cause of the outbreak. Have your say


Caravan park

New research data

Parks a magnet for overseas visitors

MORE and more international tourists are flooding into Australia's caravan parks and camping grounds, according to the latest figures. New data from Tourism Research Australia reveals that 377,000 overseas visitors opted to use the facilities in the year ending March 2019, a seven percent increase from the previous year. The "millennial" market, led by working holidaymakers and backpackers, continues to be the strongest age demographic, with 157,000 foreign visitors aged 20 to 29 choosing caravanning and camping in Australia.


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Remaining commitment to dealers fulfilled

Fleetwood pledges $4 million to meet Windsor
and Coromal warranty claims

By Dennis Amor

FLEETWOOD Corporation has pledged $4 million to meet any future warranty costs for Windsor and Coromal caravans built at its WA factory. The ASX-listed company off-loaded its caravan manufacturing business last year after shareholders complained of massive losses. It was snapped up by Apollo for $1 million and the global company now manufactures the caravans under their same brand names at its factory in Brisbane. Fleetwood has announced that apart from warranties, its remaining commitments to dealers who sold its WA-built RVs had now been fulfilled. It has also revealed that as part of the sale process to Apollo, Fleetwood retained some finished caravans. "These have been placed in dealerships in Brisbane and Melbourne on a consignment basis. Cash will be realised from these assets," it said. Read more button


'Sky's the limit' for lucky couple

Meehans from Maitland over moon after competition win

Allan and Bronwyn MeehanTHE Meehans from Maitland thought life was good even before their latest serve of good fortune. Allan and wife Bronwyn landed themselves a stunning new Adria caravan worth over $48,000 after entering a competition organised by Ingenia Lifestyle and Apollo RV Sales. They were chosen at random from 8000 entries and said, through a few tears: "This is the best news we've had. It will make a difference to us and to our family. This win really has just fallen into our lap and we are over the moon ... the sky's the limit now." The lucky NSW couple said it was like winning the lotto. "It's so unexpected and fabulous. We are still trying to get our heads around the win," they added. More button


Police urge travellers to be more security conscious

Thieves strike at Manning-Great Lakes holiday parks

Stolen bikePOLICE in NSW's Manning-Great Lakes district have urged travellers to step up their security. The plea came after a string of thefts from holiday and caravan parks. Unsecured items including scooters, pushbikes and personal property are being targeted. Police said a caravan park in Forster had two pushbikes stolen and thieves made off with a make-up bag from another park in Tuncurry. A third caravan park in Harrington had a motorised scooter and a push bike stolen. And the pictured pushbike (left) was cut from its secure mounting at the rear of a caravan at the Diamond Head campground. Anyone with information relating to this theft should contact Taree police Station on 02 65520399 or Crimestoppers. Have your say


We felt our 'van shake pretty hard'

QUAKE SENDS GREY NOMADS DASHING FROM 'VANS

quake mapA STRONG earthquake and aftershock sent grey nomads scrambling from their caravans in WA. The 6.6 magnitude quake was felt from Perth to Broome, followed by a second at magnitude 4.1. It is understood the epicentre was about 203km off the coast in the Indian Ocean. One grey nomad in Broome wrote on Facebook: "We felt our 'van shake pretty hard and went outside. Our car was bopping up and down, too. Such a weird feeling! And still feeling a bit of the aftershocks now." Another said caravans were "rocking". One caravanner told Caravanning News the tremor lasted for over half a minute. "Everything in our New Age caravan was shaking, and a couple of plates were thrown off shelves. It was pretty scary." There was no tsanami warning even though it was reported as one of the strongest earthquakes to hit the east coast of Australia. No one is believed to have been injured and only minor damage has been reported Have your say


Black mark for RVers in Red Centre

Uluru adventurers accused of dumping toilet waste

Ayers RockADVENTURERS in caravans and motorhomes heading for Australia's Red Centre have copped a black mark. Hundreds of grey nomads and other RVers daily are flocking to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to see the world-famous monolith, some of them even brave enough to climb it. But, it seems, many are blotting their copybook ... by trespassing on private property and illegally setting up camp sites. The Anangu traditional landowners have accused tourists of leaving rubbish bins overflowing and illegally dumping human waste from RVs along the roadside. Tourism Central Australia's chief executive Stephen Schwer said there had been a massive influx of travellers since it was announced that climbing the rock would be banned in October. Established camping sites were filled to capacity, forcing people to veer off-track. "We are seeing increases in rubbish and illegal roadside camping and generally the kind of behaviour which degrades the environment," he told media. Have your say


Winning Bullish Adventurers winners

'Surreal' moment for Michel

Prize-winning family set for new adventures

AVID campers Michel Fowkes and family have scooped a $200,000 adventure package. Earlier this year, Michel was browsing on the Jayco website with her sister when they came across The Bullish Adventurer competition. She submitted an entry, never thinking she would actually take home the prize of the fully customised Ford Ranger PXII and Jayco Adventurer 19ft off-road caravan. But the decision to give it a go has turned up trumps, with Michel describing the moment when she found out she had won as 'surreal'. Read more button


Owners urged to contact dealers

Recall after fears Honda gennies could explode in flames

Honda generatorSOME portable generators popular with grey nomads have been recalled after fears they could explode in flames. Honda 2200 watt EU22i generators sold between January 2018 and the end of February 2019 could erupt in flames, owners have been warned. "Loose or incorrectly installed screws may result in fuel leaking from the fuel cock during operation, storage or transportation of the generator," the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in its recall notice. It warned there was a potential risk of affected generators catching fire. Affected generators carry the frame number EAMT-1000001 to 1265586. Owners have been urged to contact their nearest Honda power equipment dealer to have the fuel cock replaced at no charge. Have your say


A caravan parked near the scene of the shooting

   The caravan parked near the scene of the shooting

Fugitive rushed to hospital in critical condition

Caravanners caught up in shooting drama

By Dennis Amor

A GUNMAN was run down by a caravanner after he was shot by police on a busy Queensland highway. Scores of caravanners were caught up traffic gridlock after the shooting drama on the  Bruce Highway. The wanted man was attempting to across lanes on the highway at Parklands near Nambour after police opened fire on him, hitting him in the legs. The 25-year-old had allegedly threatened police with a gun following a dramatic 200km high-speed chase along the highway's southbound lanes. Specialist police shot him in the leg during the confrontation. He was run over by a vehicle towing a caravan as he attempted to escape. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and rushed to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital under a police escort. It is understood one leg has been amputated. The Criminal Investigations Branch and Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and the Ethical Standards Command has opened a critical incident investigation into the police response, with oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission. Have your say


Members vote to wind-up company

NATIONAL SAFETY RECALL BLAMED FOR
DEMISE OF
MOTORHOME CONVERTERS

Motorhome Conversion Company factory Have your say
By Dennis Amor

THE Queensland-based Motorhome Conversion Company is in liquidation, blaming a national safety recall for its demise. Managing director and owner of the well-respected company John Jeffreys told Caravanning News that the recall had cost his business around $350,000. "That's a lot of money .. enough to tip us over," he said. Problems had arisen after a NSW certified gas fitter allegedly failed to follow updated rules during repair work on some of the affected 500 vehicles, forcing the work to be done again. Mr Jefferys' company, founded 14 years ago, went liquidation after members met and decided it should be wound up. Another company has expressed an interest in buying the beleaguered business. Read more button


Tents destroyed in ferocious blaze

PARK STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS AFTER INFERNO

Adels Grove blaze

By Dennis Amor

ADELS Grove camping and caravan park is still open for business despite a ferocious blaze which ripped through buildings and tents. About 500 campers ran for their lives when fire broke out at the award-winning camping ground in north Queensland. Flames erupted in the main building at the caravan park, which was packed to capacity with school holiday guests. Reports said the flames engulfed the reception and restaurant building. One claimed the inferno started in the communal kitchen. One person was treated for burns and some tents were destroyed. Fire crews, police and paramedics from Burketown and Doomadgee rushed to the scene. Situated on Lawn Hill Creek, Adels Grove is adjacent to Lawn Hill National Park in the Gulf Of Carpentaria and 50km from the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil deposits. The cause of the blaze is not yet known. In a Facebook message posted after the blaze, the park said 61 accommodation rooms and glamping tents and 235 camp and caravan sites were relatively unaffected. "While we regroup we believe the temporary loss of services should not impact the vast majority of our visitors provided they are self-sufficient and equipped with supplies," it read. "With many campers opting to remain in the park to continue their holiday, the Lawn Hill Gorge boat tours are running and canoe hire is open for business! Thank you to everyone for their patience with temporary arrangements for check in and alike. Any travellers or guests wanting further information or assistance can call 0474 522 146 while phone lines are re-established. Have your say


CROOKS CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERA

SECURITY footage is being scrutinised after thieves stole a luxury caravan from a Queensland RV manufacturer. The crooks raided Sunland Caravans Caboolture premises at around 2am yesterday. Owner Roy Wyss Jnr said the "low life" made off with a 2013 Phoenix Scorpion and was photographed on the security camera.


Residents educated on set-ups

RV village scales up safety initiative

Weighing caaravan

Have your say

AN award-winning RV village in Queensland has weighed in with its own contribution towards making caravans and motorhomes safer on the road. Fraser Coast's pioneering RV Homebase village at Maryborough is staging "education" days and inviting its mix of caravan and motorhome owners, grey nomads and friends to put their RVs on the scales. Around 50 RVs were weighed during a recent two-day session, with one resident claiming many were overweight. The checks were made in conjunction with a Queensland Transport compliance team to help educate residents about road safety. RV Homebase senior client liaison and sales consultant Shaun Forbes told Caravanning News that weighing tow vehicles and caravans helped "educate our residents as to their individual vehicle setups". Read more button


Erosion at Byron Bay

Council warning to holidaymakers

Dunes danger alert at Byron Bay

GUESTS at a Byron Bay caravan park in NSW have been warned to stay away from the nearby sand dunes. The advice to people staying at the Reflections holiday park at Clarkes Beach comes from the local council which says the dunes could be dangerous. Director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said the area had seen significant coastal erosion and dunes could collapse. "Safety is paramount." he said today. "People are urged to not walk or sit close to the erosion escarpment and not allow children (or anyone) to play or dig near the dunes. Clarkes Beach is presently starved of sand due to the limited sand bypassing Cape Byron. Plus, we've had high tides and dangerous surf conditions." Have your say


Ball Park caravan park sign

Police appeal for witnesses

Park fire being treated as suspicious

A BLAZE at a NSW caravan park is being treated as suspicious.  Police have appealed for witnesses to the mystery fire at the Ball Park Caravan Park on the banks of the Murray River at Corowa. Three caravans, which were due to be removed, were destroyed and annexes at a further three caravans damaged in the Saturday evening outbreak. All caravans were unattended. Police said Albury Crime Scene officers carried out a forensic examination of the damaged sites, with initial inquiries suggesting the fire was suspicious. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Police said information would be treated in strict confidence. Have your say


Minister urges fishers to obey bag limits

Fisheries swoop on SA parks

Fishing off jetty

By Dennis Amor

SOUTH Australian Fisheries officers swooped on caravan parks on the Eyre Peninsula in their bid to stamp out illegal fishing, it has been revealed. With strict bag limits for King George whiting, they reportedly checked eight communal freezers for possible possession offences. It is not clear whether any charges were laid. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone has now urged people to stick to bag limits during the current school holidays. "Everyone who is wetting a line is reminded to follow the rules to ensure our fish stocks can be enjoyed into the future," he said. "Illegal fishing fines issued across the state during last school holidays totalled $3465, with 1473 fishers inspected double those inspected in 2017 and a total of 36 fines and cautions issued." He said people should contact the authorities if they "suspect someone isn't doing the right thing". For more information on limits, visit https://pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_limits or call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. Have your say


Crusader caravan

Celebrations for dealer and builder

Gongs flow at Victorian awards

CRUSADER Caravans pulled off the double at the Caravan Industry Victoria 2019 Hall of Fame Business Awards. It was named Manufacturer of the Year while staffer Erkut Fevzi scooped the CTIA Trainee of the Year gong. Managing director Serge Valentino said: "I never thought in a million years that I would accepting this award, this is for team Crusader. There are so many people who have contributed so much to put us in the position we are now and I need to thank them very, very much." Crusader has been manufacturing caravans since the turn of the century at its production facility in Epping, an outer suburb of Melbourne. Meanwhile, family-owned Wangaratta Caravans collected a top award, winning the Excellence in Dealer/Retailer of the Year gong. Established 35 years ago, the business boasts of having customers Australia-wide. The dealer's Jo Comensoli told Caravanning News: "We are so thrilled and still in a bit of shock. We are a family business and we all love camping. I think that shows as we try and offer the best service we can, whether buying a new caravan, second hand or using our service department." Have your say


Blazing caravan

Three fatals since 2015

RV blazes spark plea from firies

SOUTH Australia's firefighters have pleaded with travellers to be "fire safe" when in their caravans and other RVs. The Metropolitan and Country fire services report that during the past four calendar years, there have been 62 fires involving RVs, with another six already this year across the state. Three people have tragically died in South Australian RV fires since 2015. Recreational vehicles include caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and all other forms of mobile accommodation. Metropolitan Fire Service community education officer Vinny Schar said the fires had been caused by an array of reasons, such as unattended cooking and electrical appliances. Read more button


Jayco's Garry Moore steps in

GERRY RYAN QUITS CIAA BOARD

JAYCO founder and owner Gerry Ryan has resigned from the board of Australia's peak body for the caravanning industry. He is being replaced by Jayco chief executive Garry Moore (pictured) until the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's November annual general meeting, when he will be subject to renomination and election. The CIAA said in a statement: "There has been much achieved at a national level since the merger of CRVA and RVMAA back in 2014 and Gerry has provided incredible guidance and support during this time as a director, while making a significant contribution to the board." Mr Moore has a wealth of experience in manufacturing and engineering, previously working both nationally and internationally. Read more button


Getting kids out of their 'technology haze'

RV park joins Land for Wildlife program

Fraser Coast RV Park

By Dennis Amor

A CARAVAN park has become the first Fraser Coast property for 11 years to be accepted into the Land for Wildlife program in south-east Queensland. Manager of the 75-acre Fraser Coast RV Park Suzanne Denton (pictured) told Caravanning News she was thrilled and it had been an "exciting day" when the official Land for Wildlife sign was handed over. Land for Wildlife is a voluntary program which encourages and assists landholders to manage wildlife habitat on their properties. It was founded in Victoria over 30 years ago. Ms Denton said her RV park was the ideal place to connect with nature ... and to get children out of their "technology haze". Read more button


Parked RV causes traffic headache

COPS SOLVE CARAVAN MYSTERY

Cops caaravan humoour

THE mystery of a parked caravan which caused traffic headaches in a SA town has been solved. Police took to Facebook with a humorous plea after the interstate RV strangely minus its tow vehicle was left for more than two hours in a busy street in the Adelaide suburb of Glandore. They wrote: "Do you ever get the feeling that something's missing in your life? Such as, a caravan from the back of your car? If your driving feels a bit lighter than normal, please return to South Road, Glandore near Forrest Avenue and collect your caravan." Their posting attracted an amazing 10,000 reactions, 2300 comments and was shared 2200 times. Police were eventually forced to remove the caravan.  But the puzzle of who owned it remained unsolved. A spokesperson told at Caravanning News at the time: "It's a complete mystery but our inquiries are continuing. The caravan does have rego plates but not from SA. It has not been reported stolen." A day later he said the mystery had been resolved. "The owner and caravan have been reunited and he is continuing on his merry way with his holidays" he explained. "He was very apologetic. It seems there was some mechanical troubles."  Have your say


Mooloolaba Holiday ParkMooloolaba park set for $3.8m revamp
MOOLOOLABA Holiday Park on Queensland's Sunshine Coast is having a multi-million dollar facelift. The local council said it was anxious that the iconic park at Parkyn Parade remained a destination-of-choice for residents and visitors. The park has now closed until early December to enable the current facilities to be demolished and replaced with high quality modern amenities costing $3.8 million.

Gerry RyanGerry Ryan scores his own basketball team
CARAVAN supremo Gerry Ryan has furthered his love of basketball by being granted the licence to run Victoria's Dandenong WNBL team.
The founder and owner of Jayco, whose highly successful factory is also in Dandenong, has been involved with the local basketball association for many years. "I am very passionate about the sport and it is a natural progression," he said "It is a personal investment." Basketball Australia chief executive Jerril Rechter welcomed the news, describing it as a "tremendous boost" for the league and for women's basketball. "Gerry Ryan has been a wonderful supporter of women's basketball in Australia, particularly through the Jayco name, and Dandenong is very fortunate to have him taking over the licence of the team," she said. Have your say


Stolen Jayco caravan

Thieves' double-take

Jayco 'van disappears
in Victoria ... twice!

CHEEKY thieves had a second bite at stealing a caravan in Victoria. After hooking up the 2007 Jayco Sterling in a shed in the state's north-central area they hauled it to Echuca where it was located by police. But later, when officers went to retrieve it, it had disappeared again. The twin-axle 6m pop-top caravan carried the registration number S16063. Anyone with information is urged to contact police. Have your say


William River holiday parkPermanent closure of park never intended
A NEW South Wales council has rejected claims it wanted to force the closure of its caravan park.
Dungog Shire Council triggered community outrage when it abruptly pulled down the shutters at Williams River Holiday Park in Clarence Town, just north of Newcastle. Locals questioned the council's wisdom in closing a popular park, warning it could sound the death knell for the small community in the State's Hunter region. In a report presented to an extraordinary council meeting the authority said there had been fears the park would never reopen. "As a result, the hurt and anger felt by many within the community in regard to the closure tended to coalesce on a range of conspiracy theories," it said. Read more button


King Trailers blaze

Cause of blaze remains a mystery

Caravans destroyed in
 multi-million dollar fire

By Dennis Amor

INVESTIGATORS have so far failed to determine a cause of the massive blaze which destroyed caravans and trailers at a warehouse in Tasmania.  The damages bill is estimated to be approximately three and a half million dollars, Tasmania Fire Service said. "Fire Service investigators have completed an investigation and due to the severity of the fire, which completely destroyed the buildings and contents, the cause is undetermined," it added  Flames were spotted leaping from King Trailers warehouse on Creek Road at New Town in Hobart's north. One local resident reported hearing gas bottles exploding as the fire took hold. Local residents were warned take precautions against airborne smoke and ash. Career and volunteer fire crews from all over greater Hobart were called to the inferno. Tasmania Fire Service said the warehouse had collapsed and several million dollars worth of caravans and trailers were destroyed. Experts wearing special clothing were called in to decant gas from a leaking 100kg ammonia cylinder into another tank. Machinery was brought in to allow investigators access the site to determine the cause of the blaze. The investigation was expected to take some time due to the scale of the fire. Have your say


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LETTERS TO
THE EDITOR

Letter man

Grey nomads have no need for zoo caravan  park

SO Australia Zoo is planning to open a caravan park and camping ground (see story here)

We are grey nomads travelling Australia and don't need caravan parks.

The days of the caravan park are coming to an end, according to some park owners.

It's a changing modern world and people who stayed in caravan parks no longer use or need them.

With fully self-contained caravans and motorhomes all we need is somewhere to park together with rubbish bins. water tap and dump point.

David Rickertt.


Jaycos heading for warmer climes

REGARDING last month's letter headlined 'Count game poses question: Where are all the Jaycos?' (see letter here).

Just letting Greg know that they're all currently in Queensland, getting away from the southern cold.

My last two work trips have revealed that every third or fourth vehicle on the highways here have been an RV of some kind.

And every third or fourth one of these seems to be a Jayco.

There can't be that many left in New South Wales or Victoria.

Truckies in the Sunshine State just love this time of year.

Nev.

No surprise

SO Jayco has finished tops in a Canstar Blue review (see story here).

Not surprised with its legendary after sales service Australia-wide.

They come $20,000 cheaper than the equivalent other brands.

And all the failures involve branded stuff from other suppliers, same as used by other manufacturers.

WJ (Bill) Frost.


Great job

TENTERFIELD Lodge and Caravan Park has declared it is not a childminding centre (see story here).

My wife and I have stayed there and it was a lovely QUIET place.

These owners are doing a great job in getting this park back to an excellent standard.

An oldie but a goodie.

We will be back.

John D Morley.


Owner happy
with Jurgens

AS a very happy Jurgens owner I am glad to see that they are back up and running after issues with Jurgens South Africa (see story here).

Jurgens has kept owners up to date via the Jurgens Owners Facebook page and at the last Jurgens Jamboree.

Yes, they had a few issues with the parent company and this wasn't helped by the rumour mills feeding social media.

They would have to be one of the safest, strongest lightweight 'vans built in Australia and I have unfortunately had chance to test their strength resulting in very minor damage.

Terry Young.