Caravanning News – OCTOBER 2020 edition

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OCT 21:
Police in South Australia are investigating the theft of a Jayco Swan camper trailer, rego S784TBF, from Tailem Bend.

OCT 21:
Victorian Government informs caravan dealers they can continue the “click and collect” method of contactless RV sales, but inspections and demonstrations not permitted.


* Tiaro rest area assault
victim airlifted to hospital

people reached.

* Warning on misleading compliance plates
… 28,383 people reached.

* Tough new laws for heavy-vehicle rest areas … 15,255
people reached.

* Cops hunt caravanner who lost bikes and
rack from RV … 10,734 people reached.

Discounted fees at Fraser Coast caravan
6850 people reached.

Toddler airlifted to hospital after accident at Rainbow Beach
caravan park
6757 people



with compliance plate info

bought a caravan from a registered trader. We were happy
with our purchase until we found the following.

On the compliance plate, the ball weight was recorded at 240kg but
it was actually between 325kg and 315kg.

We contacted the trader who agreed to tow it back to his yard to
see what he could do.

His comment was at best he might get it to 280kg. And in his
opinion would still be unsuitable.

We requested a refund. The dealer refused,
stating that he would find us another caravan

The industry needs a shake up. I agree that the trader went off
the compliance plate and claims this is all he is required to do.

In light of possible mods being made, I suggest that on resale
caravans should be made to resubmit to the weighbridge to ensure
compliance and correct compliance plate recorded weights.

It would also ensure that compliance plates affixed to caravans
are checked by an independent person to ensure they reflect the
actual weight.

We remain out of pocket to the tune of $40k-plus and still no
caravan or refund.

Name withheld.


REFERRING to last month’s
story on the G
plea after a caravan rollover
(see story here).

Whos heard of
insurance instead of everyone else having to pay?



Caravan on roadConfidence starts to return

play important role
as regions enjoy $170m

CARAVAN Industry
Association of Australia research indicates that 79 percent of caravanners
and campers are at least “fairly confident” of hitting the road during the
coming months as border restrictions are lifted.
And the study also
revealed that caravan parks across the nation reached average occupancy
levels as high as 72 percent in cabins and 64 percent in powered sites for
the week beginning September 28 as confidence starts to return among
Aussies looking to spend time with loved ones over the school holidays.
This resulted in an estimated $170 million worth of economic benefit
generated in regional communities throughout Australia.

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Coraki Riverside caravan park‘Time for more structured agreement’

managers’ take over Coraki Riverside caravan park

AFTER being managed by
several publicans, Richmond Valley Council’s highly-regarded Coraki
Riverside Caravan Park and Camping Grounds in NSW is now in the hands of
“specialist managers”.
Tuckurimba residents Peter and Maureen Baker,
who have a strong track record in motel and caravan park management,
recently took over the reins after a competitive expressions of interest
process earlier this year. According to council general manager Vaughan
Macdonald, holidaymakers and residents will benefit. “The Coraki Riverside
Caravan Park has been managed by three different Coraki publicans over the
past five years and it was time to put in place a more structured
agreement to ensure its long-term sustainability,” he said.

Bendigo LeisurefestWe must comply with current restrictions’

COVID virus puts an end to this
year’s Bendigo Leisurefest

CARAVAN Industry Victoria
confirmed the cancellation of next month’s Bendigo Leisurefest.
must comply with the current Victorian Government restrictions to keep
everyone safe, no matter the effect it has on consumers, business and
livelihoods,” chief executive Rob Lucas said. “There are obligations for
us, including the need to provide as much advance notice as possible to
members and exhibitors on such a decision.” His association would continue
to lobby the Victorian Government to ease restrictions for outdoor caravan
and camping shows. It was important to allow the association, members and
exhibitors to operate in a COVID-safe manner, ensuring that businesses in
the industry could showcase and sell their products. The industry was
seeing strong sales and inquiries which Mr Lucas described as “fantastic”.
“The challenge now for the industry to keep up with inquiries and meeting
demand due to the restrictions and requirements for businesses to operate.
Even with COVID-safe plans, there are significant challenges to get
business back to full capacity.”

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Levy ‘ripping millions from seniors’


Ms Frecklington (centre) at the Explorer Motorhome factory today

Frecklington (centre) at the Explorer Motorhome factory

Dennis Amor

Deb Frecklington has promised to scrap what she calls a “heartless” tax on
grey nomads.

She made the announcement while
on the election campaign trail which saw her
touring the Explorer
Motorhomes factory at Redcliffe north of Brisbane.

She said that axing the
tax would save Queensland buyers an average of $2300 in duty on a
second-hand motorhome sold for $110,000.

With the average cost of a new motorhome or campervan being $140,000, it would save buyers of new
vehicles an average of $2800 in tax per sale.

Ms Frecklington said that
ditching the tax would not only save seniors money, but also encourage
more drive-tourism in the Sunshine State and support local manufacturing

‘Removal of tax will make
it fair and reasonable for
all grey nomads’

“The grey nomad tax was announced two days before the last election
and it’s ripping millions of dollars off retirees every year,” she said.

“Queenslanders who have worked hard for their whole lives should not be
slugged with extra taxes. I want seniors to buy more Queensland-made
campervans and explore our great state.”

Motorhomes’ Shelley Riding told Caravanning News that Ms
Frecklington’s announcement to scrap the tax was “very good news for our

“The removal of this tax will make it fair and reasonable for all grey
nomads,” she said. “This will save our customers thousands of dollars on
new and used motorhomes.”

She explained that motorhomes and campervans were exempt from the Federal
Government luxury tax, but this was overturned in 2018 by the Palaszczuk

“An additional 2 percent of dutiable value was added to vehicles worth
more than $100,000, weighed less than 4.5 tonnes and that could be driven
on a standard licence,” Ms Riding said.

“This tax applied to new and used vehicles, but caravans and trailers were
exempt. We believed this was an unfair tax on our small section of the

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Kui advert

The area where Simone’s campervan was sited and the
spot a few hundred metres
away where her body was found. Photos: Caravanning News (2005)

Million dollars on head of Simone’s killer

Dennis Amor

MILLION-dollar price has been put on the head of the killer of
German backpacker Simone Strobel (pictured) at a NSW caravan park.

The State Government is offering the reward for information leading
to the conviction of the person who mercilessly suffocated the
fun-loving traveller at the Lismore Tourist and Caravan Park in
February 2005. The Bavarian kindergarten worker’s body was found six
days later hidden under a pile of rotting palm fronds opposite the
park where she and her boyfriend ‒ who has been
named as a person of interest in the murder inquiry ‒
staying in their campervan. No one has ever been charged over her
death. Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said
the reward was a substantial incentive for someone to come forward
with information about Simone’s death. “For 15 years, police have
been determined to uncover the truth of what happened to Simone,” he
said. “Both the Lismore community and her loved ones in Germany
deserve answers.” Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent
Scott Tanner said police believed there are people in Australia and
in Germany who are withholding vital information. “We know the truth
is out there, and we know there are people who are holding it back,”
he added. “We have continued to examine evidence and speak with
witnesses over the past 15 years, but we need additional help from
the public to finally determine what happened to Simone.”

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Complete Campsite RV 
No physical location because of COVID

Creditors of failed camper trailer builder to hold
virtual meeting

By Dennis Amor

award-winning camper trailer manufacturer which went
liquidation as the COVID crisis hit hard,
will hold a ‘virtual meeting’ on October 30.
liquidator Shumit Banerjee said there would be no physical location
because of pandemic restrictions.
Family-operated Complete Campsite on NSW’s Central Coast specialised in
soft floor, hard floor and hybrid offroad campers.
It went into liquidation in July
following a meeting of company members. Owners Grant
and Jodie Joyce said it has been a “very difficult and devastating
decision” to pull down the shutters.
Launched in 1991,
their company had scooped
a swag of awards, including best camper trailer manufacturer and off-road
camper of the year. Last year it launched what it called “a more
streamlined approach” to sales by dealing directly from its Lisarow
factory and attending shows, events and expos across Queensland.

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Rob Lucas
‘We are delighted with the results’


AUSTRALIA’S unique virtual caravan show
thought to be the
first of its kind in the world
was a “resounding success”, according to the organisers.

More than 67,000 people logged into the online event featuring
164 exhibitors, with the feedback from
attendees being overwhelmingly positive.
The five-day virtual exhibition was an innovative take on
traditional caravan and camping shows, which are currently on hold due to
the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
“Being the first caravan and camping
virtual show in Australia, and most likely the
first in the world, we are delighted with the
results and the feedback from the customers and exhibitors,” Caravan
Industry Victoria chief executive Rob Lucas (pictured)
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‘Consumers deserve better protection than they are receiving’

Caravan industry’s peak body
$7m Gvt push to implement 2018 RVSA

Stuart LamontAUSTRALIA’S
peak body for the caravanning industry has welcomed the Federal
Government’s $7m push to implement the 2018 Road Vehicle Standards Act.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont
(pictured) said any further delays would
continue to provide a way for unsafe or non-compliant vehicles to be
registered without fear of retribution. “Australian consumers and those
genuine industry businesses committed to doing the right thing deserve
better protection than what they are receiving from the current
MVSA legislation,” he said. Meanwhile, his
association had been “encouraged” by the recent Budget announcement
committing $2b over two years to deliver road safety initiatives,
including a $5.5m National Road Safety Data Hub to create the National
Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030. “With the expected boom in caravanning
over the next three to five years, it is important that consumer road
safety remains paramount for the reputation of the industry and the
wellbeing of the consumers that use industry products,”
Mr Lamont said.

Midland HighwayCaravanner
unaware of mayhem

Three die in horror smash after
caravan’s solar panel comes adrift

THREE people died in a
horror smash after a solar panel on the roof of a caravan came
adrift in high winds
on Tasmania’s Midland Highway.
Police said the RV was travelling north
when the panel fell onto the southbound lane about a kilometre south of
Ross, causing the driver of a vehicle heading south to swerve and collide
with another vehicle travelling north. The southbound vehicle’s occupants
two adults and a
child are understood
to have died at the scene. Another child was airlifted to Royal Hobart
Hospital in a critical condition. Two adults and
a child from the other vehicle were also rushed to hospital. It is
understood the caravanner did not see the mayhem behind him and continued
his travels to Epping Forest. Police said he had now been interviewed.
“This is a tragedy for all three families,” Acting Police Commander Kate
Chambers said. “An incident like this is distressing for everyone involved
and will have a lifelong impact for so many people.
Federal MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell has expressed his deepest condolences
to the families and friends of the deceased.

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possible major problems

Council stresses importance of tyre
placards on recreational vehicles

THE Caravan Council of
Australia has stressed the importance of tyre placards on RVs.
manager Colin Young said the placards, usually incorporated
into compliance plates, were meant to reassure buyers that the correct
tyres had been professionally determined for optimum caravan handling and
stability performance. “Clearly, for many caravans, this is not the case,”
he said. It was not permitted to suggest any specific tyre manufacturer’s
name or brand. “It is essential that caravan buyers fully understand all
the information provided by the manufacturer on the tyre placard before
they accept the caravan to avoid possible major problems in the future,”
he added.

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Swimming pool‘Inappropriate

Man charged after alleged swimming pool

A MAN has been charged after alleged inappropriate behaviour with
children at a WA caravan park.

Karratha detectives say the 63-year-old is next due to appear in the Perth
Magistrates Court on October 16 accused of indecent
dealing of a child under 13.
The action follows investigations into alleged incidents at a swimming
pool in the caravan park on Rosemary Road in Baynton.
Police said the man was at the pool and it is
alleged he approached numerous families offering free swimming lessons to
children. It is claimed he interacted with various children
indecently assaulted an 11-year-old girl

RVs damaged and tents blown


thunderstorm blasted a WA caravan park with RVs and tents taking
the full brunt.
Wind gusts of up to 118km/h were recorded.
ome motorhomes were damaged and tents
blown away at Kununurra’s Ivanhoe Village caravan park. Trees were
uprooted, with one crashing down onto the roof of an Avida motorhome.
There were no reports of injuries. (
Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Storm hits Kununurra caravan park

Stuart LamontA
‘challenging year’ but …

Caravan industry’s peak body ‘optimistic’ about the

the deadly COVID virus putting the brakes on caravanning and camping this
year there is still a bright future ahead, according to the industry’s
peak body.

“We are optimistic about the future of the caravan and camping industry,
especially as Australians look to support local business, reconnect with
loved ones and spend time in nature after such a challenging year,”
Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart Lamont
(pictured) explained. His prediction comes after the newly released State of Industry 2020
outlined the industry’s past performance and highlighted the
opportunity for it to drive recovery.
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Corindi Beach holiday parkVoted
one of the world’s best

Top gong for
NSW park where
of everyday life fall away

is celebrating after its popular coastal holiday park at Corindi Beach in
NSW was voted one of the world’s best.
Located near Coffs Harbour, it
has earned a 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award, which puts it in
the top 10 percent of the accommodation sector worldwide. Established in
2002 to recognise the best of the best in tourism, the gong is based on
worldwide reviews and opinions from travellers. Park managers Amy and
Jason Doyle said they loved to see the burdens of their guests’ everyday
lives fall away when they stayed at the park.

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Roebuck Bay caravan park 
New range of accommodation options

plan to transform Broome
caravan park into major drawcard

THE transformation of
Broome’s Town Beach area in WA is set to continue, with a $9 million
overhaul of the Roebuck Bay Caravan Park on the cards.
Shire of Broome
councillors unanimously voted for Discovery
Holiday Parks being granted a 21-year lease, which includes the option of
a further 21 years commitment to spend $9 million on the renewal of
Broome’s only beachfront caravan park. This would include a new range of
accommodation options, a lagoon swimming pool and improvements to
infrastructure and drainage at the site, turning it
into a major tourist drawcard

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Ningaloo Lighthouse caravan parkInnovative
project will fill a gap

Tourism chief welcomes new
lease of life for Exmouth park

Tourism Council WA has
welcomed plans for a world-class eco resort at the foot of Exmouth’s
Vlamingh Head, where the Ningaloo Lighthouse Holiday Park is situated.

The park will be transformed into a low-impact resort, with a mix of
accommodation options and facilities including restaurants and bars,
swimming pools, and recreation and boating facilities. Tourism Council
chief executive Evan Hall said the state had long lagged behind other
destinations in creating new, sustainable resorts in regional areas. “This
innovative project will fill the gap for world-class accommodation and
resort-style facilities which is expected by many guests,” he said. The
resort will offer a mix of accommodation options, including eco tents,
villas, caravan bays and hotel rooms.
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Sisters BeachLocals support plan to attract RVers

council seeks operators
public camping facilities

TASMANIA’S Waratah-Wynyard Council is looking for
operators to run a public camping site at Sisters Beach in the Applie
Isle’s Rocky Cape National Park.
Locals who once criticised the
behaviour of freedom campers, now support the idea of providing
“controlled” facilities for the budget-concious RV travellers. Council
community and engagement director Tracey Bradley said the authority sought
to be “good hosts” of visitors to the area. “And we would like them to be
good guests when they come to our place,” she stressed.

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