NOTES FROM THE BOARD
JULY 2016 CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE – Tom Smith
As an update on Club management I wish to announce that due to work pressures Bruce Beausang requested to leave the Board as at the 31/5/16. It is with reluctance that the Board has agreed and I thank Bruce for his efforts over the last 4 years.
To fill the vacancy from 1/6/16 until the 2016 election Lynne Friis former President of the Eastern Explorers will join the Board as a Director. Lynne brings with her a wealth of RV Experience and also has an extensive legal background which will greatly assist the Club.
A reminder to members who wish to receive a hard copy of The Nomad that postage and handling costs will be added into your Club Membership renewal from the 1st July 2016.
Also please remember to complete the National Muster application either online or from the copy in the latest NOMAD.
ADVOCACY and POLICY TEAM update by Graeme Tree Our focus over the last couple of months has been more on internal matters for the Club. However our State Reps remain active.
Ray Cornall in Queensland says things are a little quiet at present but he continues to meet with Fraser Coast and is keeping up to date with developments in that state.
Eric Cumming in Western Australia tells us that the Western Australian National Parks is opening up camping sites at Yanchep National Park from July this year, in a trial to expand camping options close to the metropolitan area. Yanchep National Park is 50 km north of Perth along Wanneroo Road which becomes Indian Ocean Drive. This route takes you through coastal plains to Geraldton avoiding the heavy haulage route of the Branch Highway. Yanchep will be a useful stopover for travellers wishing to sight see around Perth city and suburbs. Well done Ray and Eric keep up the good work.
BRANCH SUPPORT COMMITTEE update by Graham Christie ACCL Insurance - We often hear “we’re insured when we go on a muster with the ACC, that’s why we sign the form when we get there.”
Here are the answers to various questions and the outcome for your information
All service organisations have insurance on their members. Members are covered for all eventualities from when they leave home; to the task/event and until they arrive home. Does ACCL insurance coverage do the same?
ACC: No – the ACC holds Business Insurance which provides for Public Liability cover plus Liability Insurance which provides a variety of insurance classes for Directors and Officers cover. By definition “Public liability insurance protects a business owner and their business against claims of personal injury or property damage that a third party suffers (or claims to have suffered) as a result of the business activities”.
If ACCL holds Business Insurance and Liability Insurance, do they cover all ACCL events and Branch Committees (President, Secretary, Treasurer and/or Vice President?)
ACC: Yes – providing that prior approval has been granted by the Board for the particular event. This then gives the event the status of an “endorsed activity”. The term ‘Officers’ extends to members who take part in the day to day management of ACC branch level committees. Note that the period of cover is for the start and finish dates specified in the event application.
How does the ACC ensure that for insurance purposes it has an accurate record of attendance at an approved muster?
ACC: All muster attendees including friends/non-members must be included on and sign the Muster Attendance form (children must be recorded but are not required to sign).
Does ACCL insurance cover personal injury
ACC: Only so far as “third party” claims are concerned. ACC member personal injury / personal liability cover is a matter for each individual.
Does ACCL insurance cover loss and/or damage of personal equipment to and from events?
Following a wonderful 5 years of coordinating the Club shop Di and Cec Caterer have now passed the responsibility to Alan & Heather Hermann. The shop will continue as strong as ever and we thank Cec and Di for their outstanding efforts over the past years. The club shop phone number remains the same but now with the dulcet tones of Heather to support members.
The Board approved the draft of the Tagalong Guidelines and Registration Form on receipt of advice from the Club’s Solicitor and Insurance Company. Both documents will soon be available in the documents section on the website. It is expected that all ACC members will use this process for all Club approved tagalongs. Tagalong is a term the Club uses for events others might call roving musters, roving rallies or safaris. The TAGALONG Guidelines have been forwarded to branch Secretaries.
The ACC is on the move
As a part of the growth of the Club the Board is seeking the assistance of members in the following roles-
Advocacy and Town Support Representatives
State News Reporter
Breaking News - WA to host the 2018 National Muster Due to the positive survey result indicating that members are willing to travel to Western Australia the Board is pleased to announce that the 2018 National Muster will be held in WA.
Gasmate Butane Fire Lighter
Sitro Group Australia Pty Ltd is undertaking a voluntary recall of the Gasmate Butane Torch Model BT1000 purchased between 13/10/2015 - 31/1/2016. Defect: When the torch is engaged with the gas cartridge as detailed in the manufacturer's instructions a gas leak may occur. Hazard: Consumers may be at risk of injury from a potential gas leak.
What to Do: Consumers should stop using the product immediately. A replacement unit is currently being tested and finalised and will be ready in short order.
Consumers can register to receive a replacement unit or they can contact Sitro Group Australia to discuss an alternative remedy.
Sitro Group Australia is recalling the product to ensure the safety of our customers as an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product quality at all times
2018 National Muster Survey.
The Board is looking into the possibility of hosting the 2018 National Muster in Western Australia. To help with planning we need to understand how many would be willing to attend a National Muster to be held in the south west region of Western Australia The south west region of WA is an area that provides a large assortment of tourist attractions including, beautiful and rugged coastal scenery, white sandy beaches, fishing, tall timber forests, wineries, restaurants, arts and crafts plus many other major points of interest.
To enable location to be finalised and make the venue reservation well in advance could you please consider and answer these questions and reply by 30th June 2016
1.In which State do you live Please Select
2. Would you be willing to travel to South West Region of Western Australia for a National Muster? Please Select
3. Would you be happy to pay $32 - $35 per night in a well maintained caravan park with excellent facilities (plenty of power and water) as the Muster venue?
Thank you for your assistance.
Brian & Pam Miller (2018 NM Coordinators)
Please send responces to:
Strength of the Caravan Industry Presented to the Prime Minister
Caravan Industry Association of Australia Treasurer and Board member, Dennis Austin, sat with the Prime Minister on Friday to showcase the size and strength of the caravanning industry in Australia.
In the wake of the declining car industry, it is particularly important that industry messages and concerns are presented to key decision makers in Federal Government. Dennis presented the messages of industry growth and value to the Australian economy to Malcolm Turnbull.
Dennis was able to highlight our billion-dollar contribution of manufactured product per year and almost 6% growth. He also pointed out that almost one million visitor nights are spent in caravan parks every week and that our industry focus was in regional Australia, where approximately 90% of camping nights take place. The industry's significant impact on regional development and the provision of employment opportunities was also given due emphasis.
Dennis, the recent recipient of the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence, was able to provide insights about the strength of our industry and its bright future to the Prime Minster. Dennis said, "It was an incredible opportunity to present our industry messages to the highest authority in parliamentary circles over this lunch meeting". He also said, "I was able to tell the Prime Minister that we represent a very 'sexy' industry with a bright future".
During the meeting Dennis also sat with key advisors to the Prime Minister and presented an industry briefing paper detailing the industry's strength as well as concerns and positions on current issues.
The work of Dennis and the peak national body has built a strong foundation of industry lobbying and advocacy, showcasing industry strength, which now enables us to approach the highest levels of government with strategies to co-partner in future developments.
Overall Dennis said the objective of presenting our industry's success was met, saying, "Today we gained valuable traction in informing the Prime Minister of our industry's strength and future to the degree that he would have been unaware".
An industry political lobbying kit will be distributed in the coming week to allow industry businesses to effectively lobby within local federal electorates on key issues affecting them.
New Branch in the Lockyer Valley Qld
Our 42nd branch has been formed west of Brisbane in the Lockyer Valley. We welcome the Lockyer Valley RVers and it members who are all new to the ACC. The Lockyer RVers will be holding their musters on the 3rd weekend of each month (except Dec/Jan).
Being in a centrally located area this allows the branch to travel in all directions but they have limited the travel time to a maximum of 3 hours. Branch members will be free to do as much or as little as they like while away on there trips, with members going out to dinner on the Saturday night if they wish. The branch does not organise any activities for the members, this allows them to either visit local shops or go explore waterfalls or curl up with a book in the shade, and share there adventures on return.
They have already organised their first muster to be held at Boondooma Homestead from the 15th – 22nd June.
Here are two safety recalls and an ACCC warning, club members have picked up, and have passed on.
They involve a High Lift Jack and two Jayco recalls.
Please follow the links to see to this affects you.
Autoplus, Outbax and Sun Yee high lift jack
Jayco - Selected Chassis Numbers between T12203 and U19103
Jayco - 94 RV's Between the chassis numbers S20001 and T90194
Surprises at the RAC Perth Caravan and Camping Show
With 28 volunteers rostered as per their requests, everything was on track to run smoothly in the ACC stand.
On set up day, our first surprise – our outdoor marquee was full of unwanted furniture. After checking with the Show Office, George and I proceeded ‘to relocate’ the furniture next door. We had already worked up quite a sweat without even starting our own setup.
The next day, I decided that we needed a little ‘something extra’ to attract attention to our stand. The balloons were blown up by Liz and Bruce, and then hung out front. After a short time, there was a bang, then another, and another, and so on. It was an attraction all right – every balloon had popped, and all passers by definitely knew where the ACC stand was.
My biggest surprise of all, was how many talented sale people we have in our Perth membership. As I was on duty for the five days, I observed all the different styles of selling our Club. From June’s invitation to ‘please sit down and have a rest” (then she had them like putty in her hands), to Roz and Yvonne’s ‘smooth operator’ styles. All the boys held their own as well, from Bruce and Graeme’s gentle persuasion to take a brochure, to Scotty and Otto’s ‘how ya going mate’. All 28 of our volunteers were just fabulous!!
It was a successful show, with 22 new members, and 103 expressions of interest to be followed up.
The best thing of all, was that we all had a lot of fun to boot!
Thank you to all my volunteers, who did a terrific job, and to Maria and Lorraine for their help and support before and during the Show.