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JANUARY 2018
 

  BREAKING NEWS

JANUARY 19:
Apollo Tourism and Leisure shares had reached a year-high of $1.84 at close of business on the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday.

JANUARY 18:
Federal Court in Victoria appoints liquidator of First Class Caravans Pty Ltd. Meanwhile, First Class Caravans (AUST) Pty Ltd reassures customers it is still open for business. "The business being liquidated is not linked to us," it says.

JANUARY 18:
Caravanning community in Bundaberg, Queensland, mourning death of Doug Smith after tragic accident involving bobcat. The "Aussie larrikin" once worked for the Queensland rum city's Warburton Caravans dealership and has been described as a "legend" in local caravanning circles. Queensland Police said the accident happened on Tuesday at Mr Smith's home and had been ruled out as a workplace incident.

JANUARY 18:
Man taken to hospital with minor injuries after tackling fierce caravan blaze with hosepipe at his home in Karama, Darwin. Electric cable hooked up to caravan blamed for the 3am fire.

JANUARY 16:

Emergency services at scene of accident involving car and caravan on NSW's Pacific Highway at Halls Road, Coffs Harbour, tonight. Northbound lane reportedly blocked. No further details available.

Killarney caravan parkJANUARY 16:
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park owners Gary and Trudy Grant have put their award-winning holiday destination on the market. They have already bought themselves a caravan and plan to hit the road when their park near Warwick in Queensland sells. They are asking $1.65 million for the property which they have operated for around 12 years. It carries a five-star TripAdvisor rating.

JANUARY 16:
THE 11-day Lamb and Potato Festival in Guyra, NSW - which opens tomorrow - will feature a collection of classic caravans, including vintage Viscounts and Valiants. The RVs from yesteryear will feature in a parade on January 27.

JANUARY 16:
A caravanning couple is in for a some bad news after leaving their Gold Coast home in the hands of their teenage daughter while they embarked on a road trip yesterday. Within hours of their departure, six teenagers were arrested when an alcohol-fuelled party at the house spiralled out of control. Two police officers were injured.

Garden Caravan Park, Port FairyJANUARY 16:
Moyne Shire Council in Victoria is looking for an assistant caretaker for its pet-friendly Gardens Caravan Park at Port Fairy. It is offering an annual salary of up to $59,493 and relocation assistance. Applications close on January 29.

JANUARY 15:

Byron Bay rangers in NSW dished out 218 infringement notices to travellers caught camping illegally during the Christmas and New Year period, the local council revealed today.

JANUARY 15:
Former Australian Caravan Club chairman and director Tom Smith has retired from the club's board after nine years of dedicated service.

JANUARY 14:
Man, 37, taken to hospital with stab wounds after incident at Nambour caravan park in Queensland.

Gidget campersJANUARY 13:
Brisbane-based Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers has been placed into administration after running into financial problems. A creditors' meeting will be held at the offices of Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants in Brisbane on January 23. In a letter to customers the company said manufacturing had ceased. "The voluntary administrators are presently reviewing the company's financial position and exploring options available for the future," it said. The award-winning family business began production in 2014, with Glenn Wills and Christine Bree's campers being sold in Australia, the USA, Canada and New Zealand. The tiny RVs were well-known for the unique patented slide-out which almost doubled the cabin capacity.

Photo: A Gidget teardrop camper.
Inset: Glenn and Christine with an Innovation award.


JANUARY 12:

Queensland police have urged caravanners to invest in wheel clamps, chains or hitch clamps. The plea comes after thieves took off with a caravan parked at a Sunshine Coast retirement village. But their efforts were foiled when the RV came adrift while attempting a U-turn ... a padlock had prevented the tow ball from locking properly. The crooks escaped without their spoils and the caravan was returned to its owner virtually undamaged.

JANUARY 12:
Tamworth Regional Council in NSW has installed 90 extra portable toilets and 35 showers to meet the needs of caravanners and other grey nomads flooding into what will become the musical capital of Australia this month. Many travellers have already staked their claim to sites in readiness for the 10-day Tamworth Country Music Festival which kicks off on January 20. Tamworth mayor Col Murray yesterday officially opened the 1300-site campground, which is expected to host some 3000 campers. "It just seems to be that the campers are coming earlier and earlier and earlier, and I can understand that," he told media. Local caravan parks are also reporting heavy bookings.

Aspen logoJANUARY 11:
Holiday and accommodation parks operator Aspen is looking for a "superstar" to take over the role of the group's marketing and distribution manager. "You will be a customer champion, always striving to lift the customer service standard of the business," it says in its adverts. Formed in 2001, the ASX-listed Sydney-based Aspen Group owns seven holiday and accommodation parks across Australia.

JANUARY 11:
Police have confirmed that an 88-year-old grey nomad died after a 4WD and caravan rollover west of Miles in Queensland yesterday afternoon. They said his rig was travelling westbound on the Warrego Highway. Preliminary investigations indicated it crossed onto the wrong side of the road and when the driver attempted to correct the vehicles, they overturned. The driver from Wongaling Beach was taken to the Miles Hospital where he died a short time later. His passenger, a 73-year-old woman, was not injured.

JANUARY 10:
Reports coming in tonight of 4WD and caravan rollover on Warrego Highway 12km west of Miles in Queensland after driver suffered suspected heart attack. Police confirmed there had been an incident but could not comment further. Accident investigation officers later arrived at the scene.

JANUARY 10:
Emergency services attended scene of accident involving car and caravan on NSW's Mid Western Hwy at Pinteebakana Rd, Rankins Springs. No further details available.

BIG4 Wye River Caravan ParkJANUARY 9:
Six children escaped serious injuries when a car slammed into their cabin at a caravan park on Victoria's Great Ocean Road. The drama happened when an elderly driver lost control of his car and careered through boom gates and crashed into the cabin at the BIG4 Wye River Caravan Park. He was taken to hospital with head injuries. A woman in her 70s, a teenager and a child were also taken to hospital. Park manager Matt Travers later reported that no one had been seriously hurt. "The driver is doing well, and as the recounts come in did a miraculous job at avoiding what could easily have been a catastrophe," he wrote on the park's web page. "It was lovely to see how everyone came together in an emergency situation - the staff, the campers and the emergency crew. An amazing community effort in a frightening situation."

JANUARY 8:
Gold Coast grey nomads scoop whopping $10 million Gold Lotto win. The couple, on a round-Australia adventure, had been travelling with the winning ticket in their glove box for a week before discovering they were multi-millionaires. (see www.caravanningnews.com) for full story.

Bicheno caravan park and takeawayJANUARY 7:
Bicheno Caravan Park & Take Away at Bicheno in Tasmania is adverting on the Backpacker Job Board for "happy, bubbly and reliable workers" to help out at its 32-site park. Duties include customer service, cooking, filling stock and cleaning both at the shop and caravan park, including cabins and toilets etc. "Hospitality experience needed and good speaking English is also required," its advertisement says.

JANUARY 6:
Two men and a boy arrested after five cars were broken into at Coffin Bay Caravan Park in South Australia.

JANUARY 5:
Educating RVers on safer driving and road courtesy will be a major focus of the Australian Caravan Club throughout 2018, Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.

JANUARY 5:

Caravan rollover on Queensland's Bruce Highway, 40km north of Marlborough (5km North of Granite Creek). No further details.

Thief cartoonJANUARY 5:
Police have appealed to anyone who had property stolen while staying at a Victoria caravan park during the festive season to contact them. Nagambie police have charged three youths with numerous offences after a spate of thefts from unlocked cars at Nagambie Lakeside Caravan Park on December 27. Sunglasses, money, gift card and a mobile phone were among the property stolen. Most items have been returned, but police are still looking for the owners of some of the stolen property. If you were at the Nagambie Lakeside Caravan Park just after Christmas and are having trouble finding some of your property, contact Leading Senior Constable Dave Duff at Nagambie Police on (03) 5794 2526.

rusted chassisJANUARY 5:
More than 100 drivers towing caravans or trailers were flagged down by police in South Australia. Yesterday's operation was all part of the SA Police 'Traffic Thursday' campaign to increase towing safety. A total of 121 drivers were spoken to by officers, with 34 receiving expiation notices and 87 cautioned over various offences. Some drivers were also issued defect notices for faulty or unsafe trailers or equipment. There was no detailed breakdown of figures indicating how many caravans were involved. But officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti said: "Given the time of year, many people are holidaying with caravans, loading trailers with camping equipment, transporting their boats, or using the trailer for home renovations or taking rubbish to the dump."

JANUARY 5:
Three boys - two aged 11 and the other 15 - charged after deliberately lighting fires which destroyed a house and four caravans at Cloncurry in Queensland.

Pinnacle Village caravan parkJANUARY 5:
An increase in the number of crocodiles at a far northern Queensland beach is driving tourists away, a caravan park operator says. The claim comes from Darryl Tenni of Wonga Beach's oceanside Pinnacle Village Holiday Park after a 3m croc ate a fisherman’s pet dog. He told media that fewer people were visiting the holiday destination because of the reptiles.

JANUARY 4:
Some caravanners in SA could find themselves the focus of local police today. Traffic patrols will be targeting unsafe load and towing practices as part of its monthly 'Traffic Thursday' operation. "Police will be taking this opportunity to identify drivers who are not paying attention to their legal requirements and making sure they are not a risk to other road users," officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti said. "Given the time of year, many people are holidaying with caravans, loading trailers with camping equipment, transporting their boats, or using the trailer for home renovations or taking rubbish to the dump. Police will be taking this opportunity to identify drivers who are not paying attention to their legal requirements and making sure they are not a risk to other road users."

rig rolls on M1 Motorway, NSWJANUARY 3:
A woman was in a serious condition this afternoon after a 4WD and caravan flipped on NSW's Central Coast. A man was rescued from the wreckage but it took another 90 minutes to free the caravanner after the accident on the M1 Motorway near Mount White. Reports said the rig hit a rock wall before rolling. The woman was airlifted to Royal North Shore hospital with suspected neck and spinal injuries.

Wrecked caravanJANUARY 3:
Another caravan came to grief on the nation's roads today. A traveller, believed to be from Bundaberg, lost control of this Overlander on Queensland's Gin Gin to Mount Perry Road (Highway 12) near Moolboolaman. The caravan was wrecked but the caravanner escaped relatively unscathed. The accident happened near a narrow bridge and it is believed no other vehicle was involved (Photo: Caravanning News).

JANUARY 3:
Severe storm with strong winds and hail the size of tennis balls left a trail of destruction at Yamba Holiday Park in NSW. Caravans damaged, tents demolished and camper trailers lifted up and sent spinning across the packed park. No reports of injuries. One caravanner described it as the worst storm he had ever experienced.

JANUARY 2:
Rural Fire Services in NSW has warned owners to check caravan electrical systems after a blaze involving a caravan at Shoalhaven Heads Holiday Park. No one was inside the RV when a small solar panel charger short-circuited and started the fire.

sign
JANUARY 2:
The Sunshine Coast producers of what is being described as the most recognised RV camping guides and navigation tools in Australia, with sales of over 640,000 printed copies to date, have put the business the market for $1.8 million. It is not named in marketing material but promises excellent returns of investment of over 30 percent. Selling agent Wim Janssen of LINK Sunshine Coast can be contacted on 0451 074 099.

JANUARY 2:
Violent hailstorm left many caravans damaged at Uluka caravan park in New South Wales.

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