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Give us your ideas on caravan and camping grounds: MP
Time running out to comment on WA review
PEOPLE have only until the end of this month to air their views on a review of WA's caravan and camping grounds. MP Shane Love has issued a plea for the public to get involved in an assessment of the state's 19-year-old Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act. "Submissions close on September 1 and I encourage all those with a caravan, tent, campervan or trailer to have their say," he said. "The public now has the opportunity to provide their ideas on how this Act would provide simpler and more flexible laws to meet community needs, while encouraging tourism." Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the existing laws were outdated and stifled operatorsí ability to meet consumer needs. Proposed changes include giving park operators longer licences, lower compliance costs and greater flexibility to meet consumer demands, and users a greater choice and more affordable holiday options. "Western Australia's outdoor lifestyle means it has more caravan, camper-trailer and campervan registrations than any other State, with 30 for every 1000 people," Mr Simpson said. The review is part of the WA Caravan and Camping Action Plan and comes as the State Government implements its $21.05 million Parks for People initiative. To make a submission, follow this link. Have your say
Onboard weapons 'for self defence'
Firearms carried under mattress, claim
Story and graphic: Dennis Amor
caravanners are causing alarm among fellow travellers as more and more
people turn to free camping to keep down costs.
The claims come
as more and more caravanners shun the safety and security of caravan parks
and opt to overnight in free-camps and rest areas.
Another told of how he and his wife had travelled extensively with
weapons, including a 12 gauge shotgun, for over 25 years.
Mother-of-two Lynne Thompson, 36, who is on a year-long family caravanning adventure around Australia, was not impressed with the claims.
"It's terrifying to think someone camped next to us might have a gun in their caravan," she told Caravanning News while taking a break at a Bruce Highway rest area in Queensland.
understand people wanting to protect themselves but that's really going
over the top, particularly when the news these days is full of reports
about shootings. Plenty of crooks themselves go armed so, as silly as it
might sound, there is the potential for shoot-outs. It's just crazy."
'We have pretty much struck a deal'
Kratzmann family in Sunshine Coast RV takeover talks after shock closure
SUNSHINE Coast RV at Caboolture in Queensland is expected to be taken over by Kratzmann Caravans, Caravanning News can exclusively reveal. Talks were being held between Sunshine Coast RV owner Bill Connor and the Kratzmann family, who operate a major caravan sales business in nearby Burpengary. People arriving at the Sunshine Coast RV sales yard in Lear Jet Drive last week were shocked when they were met with locked gates. And a recorded telephone message told callers the business was closed "for the Brisbane Show (Ekka) holiday", which had already taken place. Gary Kratzmann told Caravanning News that Mr Connor had shut the business and decided to retire after more than 30 years on the Sunshine Coast. "It was not a forced closure ... Bill is not young any more and not well," he explained. "The handshake part of the takeover has been done." Mr Kratzmann thought the takeover procedure would be completed by the end of this week. "We have pretty much struck a deal, with the Nova dealership still in place," he said. About 20 customers are understood to have paid deposits on new Nova caravans. "Nova is contacting every person who has an order and we have already agreed to fulfill those orders," Mr Kratzmann said. "Customers have nothing to worry about." The new company is expected to be known as Brisbane Nova RV. Have your say
Providing tools to make industry even stronger
Conference a platform for sharing
AROUND 200 industry professionals gathered in the Hunter Valley for the three-day 2014 Caravan and Camping Industry Association NSW conference. Incorporating the Awards of Excellence, the event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and included an extensive program of keynote speakers and workshops. Conference delegates were encouraged to share their industry knowledge and insights as the sector investigates how to maximise future opportunities in the caravan, camping and manufactured home industries. "There has been strong growth in the caravan and camping segment of the NSW tourism economy, and there is potential for significant future growth as more and more people take advantage of the exciting products and services our industry has to offer," CCIA chief executive Lyndel Gray (pictured) said. She explained that the sector had achieved outstanding results over the past 12 months and was recognised as one of the Stateís fastest tourism growth sectors. "Last year almost 2.4 million domestic visitors stayed in a commercial caravan or camping accommodation in this state injecting almost $2 billion into the economy," she said. "As an industry, we are really gearing up to meet this new demand and to grow new markets expanding our appeal beyond our traditional domestic travellers and tapping into the growth international markets. The conference provided our members with the tools they need to continue building strong and prosperous businesses into the future." Have your say
'Tragic accident', claims defence
Driver convicted of killing park manager
A WOMAN has been convicted of killing the 59-year-old manager of a Perth caravan park by mowing her down with a car. A jury at WA Supreme Court found Katie Walkerley, 46, guilty of the manslaughter of Kingston Tourist Park's Rita Addenbrooke (pictured), who suffered from multiple sclerosis and needed a walking stick to get around. Walkerley was remanded in custody until sentencing on October 1. Mrs Addenbrooke died in hospital two days after the defendant's car was allegedly driven at her during a dispute at the four-star park in Madeley in February last year. The court heard that an angry Walkerley had left a dinner party and was playing loud music as she drove through the park. Mrs Addenbrooke stepped in front of the vehicle which failed to stop, causing her to fall to the ground. She suffered serious head and brain injuries. Defence lawyer Jim Brash argued that Walkerley was not grossly negligent, claiming the incident was a tragic accident and not deliberate. Have your say
'Heaven on earth'
Former high-flyer Diane now happy as caravan park boss
By Dennis Amor
FROM the dizzy heights of international big business to the more mundane role of running an out-of-the-way caravan park in Queensland ... that's the life story of Diane Cordaire. Diane has told Caravanning News how she worked for more than two decades as a casting director and building up a booming international business photographing young models. She enjoyed everything that many people regard as important ... a beautiful house, expensive clothes and a lavish lifestyle. But she gave it all away, bought a $37 tent, became an ordained deacon and finally found "heaven on earth" at her Explorers' Haven caravan park at Eungella. We spoke to Diane after a fire damaged a caravan at the park.
State builds 85pc of nation's RVs
Govt praise for Victoria's caravan industry
VICTORIA'S Caravan Trade and Industries Association has received a governmental pat on the back. Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett commended the association for the guidance it has given the state's strong caravan manufacturing industry over 60 years. He was speaking at the opening of the association's new head office in West Melbourne. "The CTIAV represents an industry that generates about $1.4 billion a year for the Victorian economy," he said. It employed more than 5000 people across the state and created significant flow-on benefits for tourism in regional Victoria. "To put the caravan industryís importance in a national context, Victoria currently manufactures more than 80 percent of all caravans and motorhomes sold in Australia and about 85 percent of all recreational vehicles," he explained. The state government has provided $45,000 for the CTIAV to develop the Caravan and Camping Blueprint Ė a guide for the industry over the next five years that focuses on supporting manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, repairers and dealers in the industry. Have your say
Suspect cookers fitted to Jayco caravans
Faulty valve could cause blast
THETFORD Australia has issued an urgent recall of cooking appliances fitted to some Jayco caravans. A product recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website warns that a misaligned gas control valve could stick open and cause a gas explosion. The Thetford Triplex Plus oven/griller has been fitted to Jayco caravans bearing chassis numbers between R81942 and S81151. Owners should stop using the oven and turn off the the gas bottle or isolation valve. They should contact Thetford on 03 9358 0705 to arrange an inspection and replacement if required. Have your say
Police plea for assistance
Apple Isle caravan stolen
POLICE have appealed to the public to help them locate a stolen caravan in Tasmania. The 11ft Jayco Dove pop-top disappeared from the front lawn of a home at Claremont. The caravan is a 1980 model and carried the registration number IT 6537. Anyone with information is asked to call Glenorchy Criminal Investigation Branch on (03) 6230 2881 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (quote offence report number 493366). Have your say
Centre will help fatigue management
Caravans catered for at
A NEW 24hr 'travel centre' to help control driver fatigue on Queensland's notorious Bruce Highway will include 15 spaces for caravans. Development plans for the rest area at Calliope, which would include a service station, food outlets and retail area, have been approved by Gladstone Regional Council. It will be one of the biggest areas of its kind between Gympie and Townsville. The highway is a major route for many caravanners, particularly for southern grey nomads heading north for the winter sunshine. Gladstone mayor Gail Sellers said the travel centre, to be known as the Vallisvale Service Centre, would function as a major transport refuelling and rest area for vehicles travelling along the highway. A report presented to councillors said the lack of service and rest centres for travellers and trucks in the Gladstone region was "negatively impacting on driver fatigue management". Tiredness has been blamed for many accidents on the 1652km highway. Have your say
Caravanner turns up safe and well
'Misunderstanding' triggered police hunt
POLICE called off the search for an 85-year-old caravanner after he turned up at home "safe and well". Fears had been held for the welfare of Ronald Page (pictured), who is unable to communicate verbally, after he left his broken down caravan at the side of the Hume Hwy at Wilton to get spares from his Smithfield home. "It appears the caravan suffered a mechanical fault and Mr Page stopped and detached the caravan, leaving it on the side of the highway," a spokesperson said. A relative stayed with the 'van while he returned home for spare parts. But when he failed to return, police patrols conducted searches across a large area between where he was last seen and his home. Mr Page finally arrived at his home the next day, oblivious of the drama. A police spokeswoman told Caravanning News: "Apparently it was all a bit of a misundertanding." Have your say
park helps save boy's life
World-first set to shine at Victorian expo
New Age, new club
shipment set to hit Aussie shores
FreeSpirit 'excited' over new Canberra development
industry set to become 'powerhouse'
New CEO for SA industries association
THE Caravan & Camping Industries Association of South Australia has a new chief executive officer. David Duncan replaces long-serving member Stuart Livingstone who has resigned to head one of Australia's leading chain of caravan parks, Top Tourist. Mr Duncan moves to his new role from RVM Australia ‒ now operating under the Caravan Industry Association of Australia banner ‒ where he had served as CEO for the past two and a half years. Mr Duncan told Caravanning News that he believed the industry would become a "powerhouse" both nationally and through the states in the next five or 10 years. On the question of foreign RV imports, he thought the industry should not be protectionist. "But I do think imports should be compliant with Australian standards and if that does happen there's nothing anybody can complain about," he said. "It creates competition and a level playing field." Asked whether he had any priorities in his new role, Mr Duncan said he first wanted to understand the business in South Australia. "I have no preconceived ideas but as soon as I can get on top of everything I will be putting forward my thoughts. Watch this space," he added.
Cyberspace protest over new park plans
peak body swings into action
Redlands wants more caravanners
Figuring out your park's economic benefits
appoints new MD
Couple shy away from caravan parks
Joy of staying in RV-friendly towns
SEMI-RETIRED information technology lecturer Phil Jones dismisses any claims that free-camping travellers do not support towns. The caravanner-turned motorhomer admits shying away from caravan parks, claiming: "They are boring places and do not provide anything for us." He and partner Alayne Russell much prefer free-camping, spending the money saved on supporting local businesses. They travel the eastern states taking modified college courses to outback communities as instructional workshops. Mr Jones has penned a story outlining the enjoyment of staying in an RV-friendly town. You can read it by clicking on the 'more' button.
hunters fire up and cop a caning
over free-camping plan
to hold seminars for caravanners
one-stop show planned for Melbourne
Council levies $5 fee to offset power costs
New branch for ACC
THE 30,000-member Australian Caravan Club has added another branch to its growing stable. Thirty local branches have been now been launched since the nationwide club's inception in 2006. The Limestone Coasters has become South Australia's third branch, and recently held a meeting in Serviceton to elect officials and decide its structure. A spokesperson for the Australian Caravan Club told Caravanning News: "We are very excited about our new branches. Many of our new members join up at caravan shows and similar events where the ACC is well represented. With the National Muster scheduled at Lucindale in October, the spotlight is on South Australia at the moment." Have your say
Beach voted top family park
Caravan maintenance vital: CCA
awards category for backpacker-friendly parks