Caravanning News – NOVEMBER 2020 edition

New logo Hunt for ‘disgusting’


A REVOLTING caravanner
has been caught pouring sewage down a sink at a Queensland cafe.
unbelievable behaviour was captured on a security camera outside Charchys
on Westside in Wood Street at Warwick in the state’s south-east.
Owner Adam Nesbitt told Caravanning News: “Some disgusting
individual emptied their caravan toilet cassette into our cleaning sink at
the rear of our shop and left it for us to clean up. But unknown to him
his every move was caught by our security camera. We hope someone will
recognise him or his clothing and come forward with information so we can
put our local police in touch with him.” Mr Nesbitt said that
unfortunately the man’s tow vehicle and caravan were out of
shot of the camera.  

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$150,000 COVID stimulus grant

Gems park set to add more sparkle

TINGHA Gems Caravan Park
in NSW, a member of the Kui chain, is set to add
some extra sparkle after a state government COVID-19 stimulus grant.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced a $150,000 handout to
redevelop amenities and buildings at the tourist park,
about 25km south of Inverell. Mr Marshall said the funding would enhance
facilities and the appeal of the accommodation venue. “This is great news
for the park and will help it live up to its
name as a true rural tourism treasure,” he said.

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Death knell worries for
multi-million-dollar industry


park policy

Dennis Amor

caravan park operators have warned that soaring insurance premiums could
sound the death knell for the multi-billion-dollar industry.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia claims they often face
excessively high premiums coupled with a limit on what will be covered.

“This situation poses challenges for caravan park operators who are
subject to the commercial whims of underwriters who may choose to exclude
specific coverage,” the industry’s peak body has told a government inquiry
into the practices of the insurance industry which
impact small businesses.

“In recent
years, caravan park operators have increasingly reported that insurance
providers are imposing exponentially higher premiums on businesses in lieu
of the potential of a natural disaster, irrespective of what risk
mitigation policies that may be in place,” the CIAA

The association also accuses insurance providers
of increasingly reducing their risk appetite for including recreational
activities within their public liability coverage by deeming activities
such as jumping pillows, water slides and BMX tracks as ‘high risk’.

“This scenario has been further exasperated by the limited number of
underwriters in the market that currently include coverage for these types
of activities,” it said.

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman is
investigating insurance practices and cover availability after receiving
complaints about policy denials and soaring prices.

Submissions to
the inquiry have also been made by NSW’s Caravan and Camping Industry
Association, the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland, the Victorian
Caravan Parks Association and BIG4 Holiday Parks.

Its findings are scheduled to be released in
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It’s the most prudent approach, says council

Shire bans peninsula camping until next

Mornington Peninsual campingCAMPING
on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been banned until February next
The local shire council announced its decision after careful
consideration of the State Government’s Coronavirus roadmap and
to ensure the health and safety of all
Victorians. Thousands of people normally pour
into the coastal area’s campgrounds during summer, and the decision has
dealt a big blow to revellers hoping to spend Christmas there.
Chief executive John Baker said that with restrictions still in
place for the foreseeable future, the council had decided
the ban on camping was the most prudent
approach. “Even as we hopefully move from Step 3 into the last step of the
Roadmap and then COVID normal, social distancing, density quotients, group
sizes and a range of other measures will still be required. It’s not
feasible to have foreshore camping under many of these conditions.

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Over 22,000 visitors brave wild weather

Brisbane’s pre-Christmas show hailed a huge

Queensland’s pre-Christmas sale at Brisbane’s showgrounds has been
hailed a huge success.
A total of 22,529 ‘carafans’ braved wild
weather to attend the fourday
COVID-safe event
, stocking up on the latest and greatest in camping
and outdoor gear. Chief executive Jason Plant
said about 7500 more people attended the sale compared
to the previous year, with the majority being first-timers. “With the
tremendous turnout at the show, it looks like the number of unforgettable
family memories created will be higher than ever in 2021,” he said.

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‘Always looking to lift the

Caravan association mourns death of
a stalwart

peak caravanning industry association is mourning the
death of stalwart Merv King.
“For more than three decades
Merv has been an enormous supporter of the caravan and camping industry,
pushing the boundaries of the status quo,” the Caravanning Industry
Association of Australia said in a tribute. “He was always looking
to lift the standard of the caravan park industry.”
Chief executive Stuart Lamont told Caravanning News that his sudden
death at the weekend had come “as a great shock”. “He was larger than life
and did so much for the caravanning industry,” he said.
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Last seen being towed by blue vehicle

reward for return of caravan

Stolen caravan
Left: Thieves
hauling away Kim’s beloved caravan. Right: The Lotus Sprint

Caravan found covered by tarps in  yard at

THE owner of a caravan stolen from the Hunter Valley in
NSW is offering a $5000 reward for information leading
its return. The dual-axle Lotus Sprint, with NSW registration
plate Y49576, disappeared from Morpeth at about 2am on Sunday morning. It
was last seen being towed by a blue vehicle, thought to be a Toyota Tarago
or Hyundai iLoad. Owner Kim Orphin has taken to social media in a bid to
find her beloved caravan. “So upsetting,” she
said. “The caravan was also filled with personal belongings that they may
try to sell.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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‘Difficult operating

Aspen predicts
‘subdued’ operating environment

Clive AppletonASPEN,
which operates a chain of holiday and lifestyle parks, predicts a
“subdued” operating environment over the next 12 months.
Its annual
report says inbound migration and tourism will remain restricted until
COVID-19 is contained. “We believe Aspen can continue to perform
relatively well in this environment as domestic households and tourists
seek lower-cost accommodation in attractive locations,” it said. Chairman
Clive Appleton (pictured) said the company had
performed well during the year despite “very difficult operating
conditions” which included catastrophic bushfires and COVID-19.

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Fatal crash sceneHead-on
smash claims two lives

Witnesses sought after
horror accident on Bussell Highway

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MAJOR Crash Investigators were seeking information
on a fatal crash involving caravanners on a WA highway.
Two people
aged 36 and 31 died in the horror smash when their Skodi Yeti collided
head-on with a Toyota LandCruiser towing a dual-axle Jayco Sterling on the
Bussell Highway near Capel on November 1. The male driver of the LandCruiser was taken by St John Ambulance to Bunbury Regional Hospital.
His female passenger was flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC Rescue
helicopter. Both were in a serious but stable condition. One of the
caravanners had to be cut from the wreckage. Witnesses described the scene
near the intersection of Hutton Street as “a horrible sight”. Police are
asking witnesses to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the
information online at

Call for expressions of interest

Dungog moves to give
a purpose-built caravan park

THE small country town of Dungog in the
Hunter Region of New South Wales may soon have its own purpose-built
caravan park.

Councillors endorsed a
motion from  Mayor
Connors calling for expressions of interest from people
interested in providing the community with

the facility. The mayor
told councillors at their recent meeting that he is approached at least
once a month about the issue.
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Talbot recreation reserveCouncil
re-registers park

sports club revenue raiser

is safe for another three years

The future of the Talbot
Caravan Park is now secure, with the facility to be re-registered for the
next three years.
The park is situated on the Talbot Recreation
Reserve off Avoca Road (pictured), the majority of which is Crown Land
reserved for public park and recreation. Central Goldfields Shire Council
chief executive Lucy Roffey said the authority had been working closely
with the Talbot Football and Netball Club to ensure the
s future. Revenue from the park goes to the
sports club. 
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Caravan wheelsWheely
good advice

Caravan council issues the nuts and bolts
on keeping safe

CARAVANNERS have been urged to keep a closer eye on their RV’s wheel nuts.

The Caravan Council of Australia’s general manager, Colin Young, said the
CCA continually received reports of broken or loose wheel studs.
“Sometimes the nuts unwind completely off the studs,” he said. “It must be
stressed that if a stud breaks, it is certainly no proof that the stud
itself was faulty. There are a number of reasons for the problems.”

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Caravanners escape unhurt


Caravan rollover

TWO caravanners had a
lucky escape when their twin-axle caravan rolled on Queensland’s Bruce
Highway. Their Pajero remained upright but the Genisis caravan ended
up on its side, blocking the highway’s southbound lanes at Pomona
near Noosa
. It is
believed the driver lost control of his rig when it began fishtailing
after passing a truck. A police spokesperson said no one was injured and
the crash scene had been cleared.

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Silverton no camping sign 
Travellers not keen to open wallets


frown on free-camping
in NSW’s tiny ‘movie town’

THE tiny village of
Silverton in New South Wales’ far west
population around 50
has taken to social
media to
remind travellers that freecamping
is not permitted.
The hamlet, described as a “paradise” and a “walk
back in time”, attracts over 100,000 visitors
annually, many in caravans and other RVs. It has
featured in many movies, including Mad Max II and Priscilla,
Queen of the Desert.
But, it seems, the budget-conscious
travellers are not keen to open their wallets and pay overnight site fees.
“Whilst we all welcome and appreciate visitors to the village, residents
do not appreciate caravans, trailers etc setting up camp outside their
homes and businesses,” the Silverton Village Committee says on
its Facebook page. It reminds them that
the local Penrose Park has powered sites for $25 a night and unpowered
sites for $10. “For your own safety and protection of our local
environment, it is also not permitted to camp along the creeks or on what
you may think is vacant land (the Silverton Common),” the committee said.
The creeks were also prone to sudden and dangerous flooding which could
easily wash away the travellers and their RVs,
it added

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