In the latest edition of Caravan and Motorhome on Tour magazine (No. 216), there is an excellent article about touring the Scenic Rim that is well worth a read for those members who will be attending our 2015 National Muster at Beaudesert, especially if you are considering staying in the area for a few days either before or after the muster.
Following a highly successful 2014 Perth Caravan and Camping Show and follow up Meet and Greet at Willowbrook Farm Caravan Park, West Gin Gin, the board approved the formation of a third branch for WA on the 8th May 2014. To be known as the ACC Sunset Coast Travellers the branch has started with 25 enthusiastic members (13 member units).
All branch members have now met for the first time at their inaugural muster held at Goomalling on the weekend of 13th- 15th June 2014 where the new branch committee was elected and a great time was had by all. Judging by the friendliness, enthusiasm and commitment, it is apparent that the ACC Sunset Coast Travellers have begun on an extremely sound footing.
We welcome the ACC Sunset Coast Travellers as the 28th Branch of the ACC and trust that members have many happy musters in the years ahead.
President: Doug Meikle
Vice President: Brian Currie
Secretary: Monika Schatz
Treasurer: Bev Godfrey
Muster Coordinator: Debbie Depiazzi
- To leave any area that I use as clean, or cleaner than when I arrived.
- To obey all posted requirements of the relevant authority in respect of occupancy of
- In parking my vehicle and caravan or trailer, to consider the requirements of other
- To contain and ultimately correctly dispose of all rubbish and not to permit illegal or
- To stay in any Rest Area, authorised campsite, or other camping area, for a maximum
- Not to establish a “camp” outside my caravan or trailer, unless beyond the view of other travellers or local residents, except in an approved camp site.
- Where possible, to shop locally and support the local community.
- In all respects to be considerate of local community facilities and in so doing, to
- I agree to display the ACCESS sticker on my caravan or camper trailer in a position
Update: Received from Brian Wightman MP the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage
"Thank you for your letter dated 21 August 2013 regarding the Australian Caravan Club Environmentally Safe Scheme, (ACCESS). The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is to be congratulated on undertaking this initiative to establish a scheme for members regarding grey and black water."
He continues by saying:
"The ACC is to be applauded for their ACCESS initiative, and the scheme has my full support."
With the increasing number of new traveling families, the need for a national club focusing on families was overdue. Realising this, it was mentioned to the board at the Mallacoota muster, and within a heartbeat, we had ourselves a job.
K.I.T. is here! The new Kids In Tow group is being put together by your club, the ACC. Soon you’ll be able to go around the corner or around the country to meet up with other K.I.T. members.
Along with parents, there are also lot ofmembers that would love the opportunity totake the grandkids away with them. The problem was, what to do with them? How do you keep them amused? Well how good would it be if, once you arrived at the camp, there were other kids doing the same thing? Now it’s possible.
Let everyone know that KIDS IN TOW is here - It’s where kids come first, and it’s free to join!
Don’t worry! We are not planning to bring the kids and take over your branch muster. In fact, just the opposite! K.I.T. is being set up as an ACC- Special Interest Group (SIG). We'll have our own musters just as ACC branches do.
Since K.I.T. is a Special Interest Group(S.I.G.), you can belong to a branch and a S.I.G. at the same time. You don't have to leave your branch to join. Of course, people wanting to join K.I.T. MUST be a financial member of ACC.
If you look at the brochures downloadable here, you’ll see it designed one side for the parents and th other side for the kids - with a bit of tongue in cheek. We have some good things planned but, as we are putting kids safety first, we have concentrated on this. One thing is, we won’t be promoting where the musters will be on the web or in the Nomad. This will be done through our closed Kids In Tow Facebook site or via email. There will also be a closed group for K.I.T. located on the ACC website.
K.I.T. is where kids come first, and stranger danger is a big concern. So, we have set down a few guidelines. One is - you must have at least one child under age of 18 years to join (special exceptions are available).
Sorry, no kids = No go.
We are wanting to create a good family club with good family values. So, we have a clause, “if you can’t do it, use it or say it in front of your grandmother or a policeman, then it won’t be accepted.”
We will also be contacting the local police where the muster will be held and letting them know that K.I.T. is in town. We will invite them to do a drive-by to meet us. This will allow the kids to see that policemen and women are real people too. It gives them a chance to talk to the kids about local or current issues; and if the police are hanging around, this will reduce the risk of ‘stranger danger’.
Younger families are often still working people and can be quite busy with sports, etc. Therefore, there is no minimum time they need to attend and no committee to join.
To get the kids involved in developing their club, during the next 12 months, we will be running a competition for the K.I.T. kids to design their own ACC Kids In Tow logo.
Our long-term goal is to have our own musters in the school holidays. These will probably be state-based.
So, bring your kids, grandkids or great grandkids... or borrow one from you neighbours. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we’d love to hear
At the time of writing this article we have only 1 family in the group, ours. But, we are off to launch at the RV shows in February so I’ll keep you posted on how our new family is growing. We hope to see you soon!
Colin and Natali Hopgood
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Last week, our Chairman, Tom Smith, was invited to a meet with the NSW government agency, “Transport for NSW”, regarding a number of issues of interest to our members.
The invitation included the comment “…Transport for NSW has identified the Australian Caravan Club as a key stakeholder in regards to the caravan and light trailer charges and continuous registration reforms…”
Discussion proceeded on the subjects of:
- Registration charges including the large disparity between NSW charges and those in other states and the option to pay registration on an other than yearly basis;
- Pink slips including being able to have the inspection undertaken at local stations rather than having to attend a HVIS for van with Breakaway brakes and simplifying the procedures for those caravanners away from NSW in the three months before registration is due; and
- The impact of a push for newer ”green” units on RVers with older rigs.
The meeting explored the issues at some length and we have provided information on the spending pattern of RVers that has been collected and collated from our members including those attending our branch musters.
The Department is keen to have more of this type of information and we’ve offered our Club network to help with consultation and feedback.
The Travel Cost Analysis tool is a great resource for members to gather this information. It’s an EXCEL Spreadsheet and is available for download here or in the Tips and Tools section of the website.