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Shares in Apen Group, which operates chain of holiday and accommodation parks, opened at six-month high of $1 on the ASX today.

Missing caravanner Kenneth CassellNOVEMBER 18:

UPDATE: Police said Mr Cassell found "safe and well" but gave no further details.

Queensland police have appealed for help in their search for a missing 74-year-old caravanner. Kenneth Cassell (pictured) was last seen on November 1 at Tamborine when he was to travel to Paddys Flat in New South Wales to camp for two weeks. Police and family hold concerns for his welfare as he has not made contact with family and suffers from a medical condition. Mr Cassell is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall, of proportionate build with tanned skin and brown eyes. He is likely to be travelling in a black Suzuki Jimny with Queensland registration plates 352WRV and towing an Avan Sportsliner caravan (pictured). He is known to have previously camped in the Toolum Falls campground in NSW. Anyone with information is asked to contact Policelink on 131 444, quoting reference number QP1802151155.

Gidget teardrop campervanNOVEMBER 17:
Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper manufacturer Glenn Stuart Wills has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines, compensation and court costs following an Office of Fair Trading investigation. He was found guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this week of seven counts of receiving payment for campervans but failing to supply them within a reasonable time, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. His company collapsed earlier this year and Mr Wills was declared bankrupt.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort scooped gold in last night's Queensland Tourism Awards' caravan and holiday parks category. The Gold Coast Holiday Park received silver while the BIG4 Ingenia Holiday Cairns Coconut Resort won bronze. The Rivershore Resort on the Sunshine Coast was highly commended.

Billabong caravanNOVEMBER 17:
Creditors of troubled Billabong Custom Caravans will hold their second meeting in Melbourne on November 26. Founded 12 years ago and with nationwide outlets, the Campbellfield-based manufacturer of quality, handmade custom caravans went into voluntary administration last month. The meeting will be held at 2pm at the offices of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in Bourke Street.

Queensland's peak motoring body, the RACQ, welcomes new "lemon laws" which will protect carvanners and other RV buyers from shoddy RV manufacturers and dealers.

Kershaw GardensNOVEMBER 16:
The Australian Caravan Club fears there will be repercussions in the wake of an Environment and Planning Court ruling that free camping at Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens is illegal. Caravanners and other RVers will not be allowed to stay overnight from February 15 next year. The 4600-member club today called on the Queensland Government to convene a round table meeting of stakeholders, including relevant RV consumer organisations, to "work collaboratively to ensure appropriate strategies are developed for regional and rural areas to continue to attract RV travellers who may now bypass these areas as a result of the decision". The court case was brought by the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland. Caravanning Queensland general manager of parks Michelle Weston said the association was pleased with the decision, which had provided certainty to its members in the Rockhampton region. "The association was always of the view that the accommodation use of Kershaw Gardens went beyond the ordinary use of a park," she said. "The fact that the accommodation offered was provided free of charge was detrimentally impacting the business of our members. In light of the continuation of this unlawful development and in the interest of our members, including local caravan park operators, we were left with little alternative but to take legal action."

Caravanners and campers flee as fierce bushfire threatens Pardoo Roadhouse and Cape Keraudren Caravan Park in WA and closes Great Northern Highway.

The Caravan Parks Association of Queensland has won its legal battle to ban free overnight camping at Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens. The Environment and Planning Court today decided that camping is illegal and ruled that overnight stays must cease on February 15 next year and all signs removed.

Lotto ballsNOVEMBER 15
A South Australian couple on a driving holiday scooped a cool $1m from last night's Lotto win ... and now plan to buy a caravan to make their travels more comfortable. The jubilant roving wife and husband, who wanted to remain anonymous, couldn't contain their jubilation after last night's win with a ticket they bought in Parkes (NSW). "We've been driving around seeing all these nice little caravans on the road, saying 'if we win Lotto, we’ll buy one of those', and look what happened!" they commented.

Whitsunday Regional Council today confirmed St Catherine's Catholic School Campus Oval in Marathon St as the preferred RV site for Proserpine.

Caravan rolls on Victoria's Hume Freeway near Ennis Road, Tallarook, this afternoon. No further details available.

Family owned and operated RV dealer Camden Caravan at Campbelltown in NSW has ceased trading.

Gympie Regional Council in Queensland is seeking feedback on how it can attract more caravanners and other RVers to the gold mining town and region.

CIAA symposium 2018NOVEMBER 13:
More than 150 delegates from the caravanning industry were today attending the Caravan Industry Association of Australia's Federal Technical & Regulatory Industry Symposium, which was opened by association chief executive Stuart Lamont. Manufacturers, dealers and repairers assembled at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to discuss current key topics that members need to be aware of and understand.

Caravan manufacturer Jayco has announced sponsorship of the GoFish Nagambie freshwater fishing festival which is expected to attract thousands of anglers to the Goulburn Valley in Victoria.

Two teenagers airlifted to hospital with serious burns after portable gas stove exploded at Queenscliff's BIG4 Beacon caravan park south-west of Melbourne. Two others suffered minor burns and taken by ambulance to Geelong University Hospital. The injured were understood to be on a school trip.

BIG4's Hahndorf Resort, West Beach Parks and Renmark Riverfront claimed gold, silver, and bronze respectively in the Caravan & Holiday Parks category at the South Australian Tourism Awards.

Police hunting thieves who stole four bikes from a Darwin family on a round-Australia caravanning adventure. The crooks used bolt cutters in the raid on their campsite at Aitkenvale in Townsville, Queensland.

Allies CreekNOVEMBER 11:
Retired couple Peter and Karyn Peeters plan to turn the former Queensland woodmill town of Allies Creek into a grey nomads' mecca. And members of the online Caravaners Forum have already welcomed the idea, saying they will definitely pay a visit. "We'll definitely be checking it out in the future," wrote one member. "Good on 'em, I say, I hope they are hugely successful!" The Peeters bought the tiny township about 400km northwest of Brisbane for a bargain price of $550,000 after previous owner Natali Williams, who wanted to convert it into a caravan park, abandoned the idea following the death of her husband. They say they will turn the town into a multi-million-dollar retro tourist attraction for tourists, caravanners and other RVers.

Several investors understood to be seriously interested in Victoria-based Billabong Custom Caravans, which went into administration last month.

Hummock Hill IslandNOVEMBER 10:
Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has approved a $1.2 billion tourism project on Hummock Hill Island near Gladstone which will include tourist accommodation, holiday units and camping grounds for about 2700 people. It is the only substantial undeveloped island in the southern area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park south of Shoalwater Bay.

Nanga Bay Resort at Shark Bay in WA, which offers over 70 caravan sites, is on the market. Expressions of interest close on November 28.

Ferocious caravan blaze claims life of man at Tara on Queensland's Western Downs.

NSW Land and Environment Court rules against Ingenia's appeal application over its planned development at Ingenia Holidays Avina resort in Sydney. Ingenia chief executive said decision would be fully reviewed before deciding on its next step.

Huge dust storm sent grey nomads scurrying for the safety of their RVs at Wilcannia caravan park in western NSW yesterday.

Tingha Gems Caravan Park, a member of the Kui chain of caravan parks, awarded $47,250 from NSW State Government's Crown Reserve Improvement Fund to upgrade the park's amenities.

Police dog and handler tracked down a teenage girl who allegedly attempted to steal property from cars at Woree caravan park in far north Queensland. Girl, 16, charged with two counts of entering premises and committing an indictable offence and one count of trespass.

Water park construction siteNOVEMBER 3:
Victoria's All Seasons Holiday Park in Mildura is building what it claims to be the first water park in Australia to have an activity tower with sky soaker ... and three waterslides. It will also feature mega soakers, spin sprays, splash blasters, water leaves, ground sprays and a double enclosed water-slide with wave catchers. It plans to have the attraction operational in time for the summer season. The park is part of the Top Parks chain.

Family owned and operated Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort at Airlie Beach in Queensland, formerly known as the Flametree Tourist Village, has joined the BIG4 chain.

Roadtrain passing too closely blamed for caravan rollover on Eyre Highway just west of Nullarbor Roadhouse in SA. Caravanners, believed to be on Round-Australia trip, unhurt.

Motorhome blazeNOVEMBER 2:
Two travellers escaped unhurt when their Jayco motorhome erupted in flames on NSW's Pacific Highway at Wadalba. There was no news on what caused the fire.


Owners now paying 40 percent less to register their caravans and camper-trailers in NSW under new rates which came into force yesterday.

Aspen Group, which operates chain of holiday and accommodation parks, will hold its annual general meeting in Sydney on November 30.



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