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Annual event features cricket match
rally a hit and raises
SUNSHINE Coast-based Sunseeker Caravans' three-day Owners Rally at Boreen Point raised $12,000 for Australia Zoo's Wildlife Warriors. The annual event, which is now in its third year, brought together owners of Sunseeker and Marvel caravans to provide educational tips, demonstrations and entertainment over a relaxing weekend. And for the first time the get-together, staged before the current coronavirus restrictions, featured a Marvel versus Sunseeker 20/20 cricket match which proved a great hit.
'Cuddles as explosive detonated'
Dad killed himself and kids in caravan blast 'for revenge'
A FATHER who deliberately
blew up a caravan with himself and two young children inside at Mount Isa
did it as an act of "spousal revenge", a coroner has decided.
Northern Coroner Nerida
Wilson said in her findings just released that Mr Hinder's marriage to
wife Katherine had hit troubled times and they had separated two months
before the blast.
Earnings guidance withdrawn
Fleetwood battles uncertainty and challenging times as virus crisis hits
PERTH-based Fleetwood says some operations in its RV Solutions sector are planning "longer than usual Easter period shutdowns" as consumer demand falls for RVs and associated parts and services. The former builder of Coromal and Windsor caravans ‒ who offloaded the brands to Apollo Leisure and Tourism in 2018 for a mere $1 million ‒ revealed the news in a message to shareholders. "Due to the current exceptional circumstances and growing uncertainty surrounding the potential duration and impact of COVID-19, Fleetwood Corporation Limited is withdrawing FY20 earnings guidance," it said. Managing director and chief executive Brad Denison promised to support customers and communities during this "challenging time".
'On-the-run' policies create confusion
CIAA lobbies pollies after one of most challenging weeks
THE peak body for Australia's caravan industry describes the last week as being one of the most challenging ever experienced by accommodation providers and the RV community. "The confusion that has ensued through state governments issuing policy on the run without considering the social and practical implications has led to thousands of people with no fixed abode being stranded across the country," it said. "Caravan parks were closed and there has been significant fines for operators and guests due to the confusion in messaging. Over 1000 businesses are now closed for general operations." Together with its member state associations, it is lobbying hard to ministers and state and federal departments to seek clarification. "To reiterate, in no way do we encourage holidaymakers to go travelling this Easter," it said. "However, we strongly advocate the need to ensure that caravan parks are able to provide the essential services to residents, semi-residents, workers and travellers with no fixed abode." Have your say
'There is a duty of care'
Chain strives to help bewildered 'vanners find somewhere to stay
THE Kui chain of budget caravan parks is striving to help bewildered travellers by shedding light on the availability of its parks. Managing director Bert van Spronsen reports being inundated by travellers heading home or permanently on the road "battling" to find places to stay. "The vague communication from states regarding this is causing some parks to shut and some to stay open," he told Caravanning News. "It appears that shires are even making the call, trying to get tourists to leave town, especially in towns where there is no hospital." With all the uncertainty, he has asked his parks to urgently let him know if they are open or not. "I am currently posting a separate Facebook post for every park that is available to the essential travellers," he explained. "There is a duty of care I believe for people who are permanently on the road to find a safe spot to park up. With so many shire parks closing, as well as national parks and free camps, these people have a no place to go. We also know of many desperately trying to get home but are caught up in border isolation issues and need to find places to self-isolate. We are focusing only on essential travellers ... those that are on holidays are encouraged to return home." Have your say
Terrifying 'driver's eye-view' of 4WD
By Dennis Amor
CLAYTON'S Towing has released terrifying footage of a caravan coming to grief on a Queensland highway, captured from inside the RV's towing vehicle as the rig rolled. The dramatic three-minute video gives the driver's eye-view of the rollover this week on the Bruce Highway's notorious Cooroy Hill near Nambour. Miraculously, the lone caravanner, whose wife died a few weeks ago, escaped with hardly a scratch. The footage clearly shows his rig ‒ a Toyota Prado and 10-year-old Coromal dual-axle caravan ‒ running over a couple of slight bumps and then beginning to sway as it descended the notorious hill on the two-lane highway. Everything then becomes deafening and a blur, ending with the voices of passers-by asking the dazed driver if he was ok. The caravanner was returning to his home at Albany Creek in Brisbane after the closure of the Inskip Point camping grounds east of Gympie because of the current virus crisis. Clayton's told Caravanning News shortly after the accident that he was lucky to escape with his life. And in a message added to the video, they say: "Thank you to the gentleman involved for letting us share his terrifying moment, allowing all those in the caravanning community to watch and learn from." To view video, click here or on picture above.
Tyres slashed as RVs hit outback
Doctors and mayor open fire
Story and photo: Dennis Amor
THE big guns are out as rural communities open fire on grey nomads who are accused of attempting to flout new coronavirus rules. Several mayors and a federal minister have expressed disappointment after reports that hoards of travellers in caravans and motorhomes were heading into the bush to self-isolate ... ignoring pleas to stay away from rural communities. "We love you, but we will love you even more when you visit in 2021," one mayor said. Meanwhile, doctors say they have received reports of "convoys of grey nomads" moving into rural communities where medical facilities are already stretched to the limit. "Quite frankly, that's not acceptable," they say. Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said their action could turn them into "cruise ships of the outback". "There is panic out there in some areas to the extent that we're seeing vigilantism where tyres have been slashed," he said. Have your say