At the National Muster I spoke about the WA Government developing new legislation governing caravan and camping grounds. While there are good things proposed and your Club endorsed them in an earlier submission an issue is now highlighted that if enacted will significantly limit our free-camping farm stays in Western Australia.
What is proposed is that for a landowner to make their property available as a Farm Stay they are restricted to one farm stay of not more than three days in any twenty eight day period. Outside of this time frame local government approval ('Event Approval') will need to be obtained. Requiring the Farm Stay Host to pay an application fee and submit a management as well as being required to meeting all basic health and safety issues. No one wants to see a row of tents or worse still wiz-bangers set up on a neighbour’s front lawn in suburbia but there needs to be exceptions made for rural locations.
How can our membership help?
While the club is preparing a formal response, there are two ways where you can have your say in addition to the clubs response:
- you can log-on to Western Australian Government consultation paper to review the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIM) then answer the questions in the Guidance Questions submission paper and forward your submission to the email address given in the papers.
The proposals considered of most concern are found in 5.2 and 7 of the consultation paper. (Question 9 in the question submission paper) Specific points to be considered include
- seeking an approval that attempts to address health and safety and environmental issues is an un-necessary burden when it is possible for the property owner to stipulate caravans are self-sufficient and meet guidelines along the line of the ACCs ACCESS Program
- withdrawal of Farm Stay and like programs will mean many caravanners will miss out on the opportunity to experience a rural stay.
- Use the draft letter template as your response (submission) provided at this link. This has been provided to us by CMCA. If you choose to use this template please include your name and contact details. The template includes the email details for submitting the submission. You should rework the format to personalise it to yourself.
High Street Shepparton Vic
17-23 October 2016
Due to the uncertainty of the tenure of the existing Committee of Management who control the Yarrawonga Holiday Park and the inability to secure an agreement with the ACC, the decision was made to find an alternative venue for the ACC 10th National Muster in 2016.
The exciting news is that we have managed to secure Shepparton Showgrounds. The bonus is that improvements and alterations to the Showgrounds have been completed and we will have the grounds to ourselves. The controlling body, Agricultural Society, have welcomed us in a very friendly way and are a pleasure to deal with.
So, for the southerners going north, the travel distance has decreased, but unfortunately for those coming south - you'll have an extra hour to travel.
Hope to see you all there, in 15 months time.
Derek & Susan Smith
2016 National Muster Co-ordinators
Our 33rd branch has been formed in the Mackay Region. The ACC Sugar City Pioneers has been given board approval after a meeting at Sarina Showgrounds. The branch members are made up from existing ACC members as well as members that joined at the recent Mackay Caravan Show. We also had a 4 couples sign up before the meeting. The branch starts with 18 vans and members as far away as Bowen.
Thanks to the members of the Sunshine Nomads and Capricornia Tourers who attended the muster at Sarina and helped with the branch formation. We welcome the new branch and look forward to visiting one of your musters when escaping the southern winters in the coming years.