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.
Our Chairman Tom Smith has been very busy at the Chairmans muster in Quirindi:
"'Today was an interesting day,I was interviewed on the local ABC radio about the ACC and the Chairman's Muster currently being held in Quirindi. Later in the day Chanel 7 also popped in to get a piece for the local news. Graeme & I called into the shire office to deposit some of the site fees and ended up having afternoon tea with the councillors during a break in the Council meeting.They announced plans to improve facilities at the First Fleet Rest area in Wallabadah. Some of the Councillors including the Mayor came along and joined us later at happy hour, they have made us very welcome to the area"
To establish processes to monitor and disseminate information to Members on developments in the RV industry.
The Primary aim is to ensure that any information that has an immediate impact on safety is communicated to members promptly.
The Secondary aim is to ensure that members are aware and advised in a timely manner of innovations or product developments that assists with enjoying the RV lifestyle.
Covers product recalls or warnings, new products, product reviews relating RV’s, tow vehicles, RV/camping accessories used inside or outside an RV and other accessories or equipment utilised in the RV lifestyle.
Australian Design Regulations (ADR)
Caravan Council of Australia (CCA)
Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CCIA)
Product Recall sites
Caravan forums and other sources supporting the RV lifestyle.
Methods of Dissemination
Email for urgent safety issues
Notes from Board for less urgent issues
Nomad to publish all issues to ensure all members get the info even if belated
Website link for Members to use to reference issues covered.
Shepparton is located in the Goulburn Valley in North East Victoria. The region is one of Australia's most productive and intensively farmed areas.
It has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters, with October having pleasant temperatures.
The history of the area is that The Yorta Yorta people are the indigenous Australians, who traditionally lived around the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers, with the local tribe the Kailtheban in Shepparton.
Major Thomas Mitchell was the first European to travel through the area in 1835. During the 1850s European settlement began. Shepparton was first surveyed in 1855, on the site just east of the river and in September 1860 was declared a town. The railway reached the town in 1880 and Shepparton rapidly developed into a major manufacturing and service centre. Shepparton was proclaimed to City in March 1949, with the city's population tripling with immigration particularly with migrants from Italy. Today the city is truly multicultural with many diverse food styles & festivals.
The area's economy is based on agricultural activities such as fruit growing, wool, wine and dairying.
Australia's largest producer of canned fruits, SPC Ardmona, has its production facilities in Shepparton. Seasonal fruits such as peaches, pears and apricots are preserved into a variety of packaging.
The lush grass in the area enables production of high quality wool, milk and meat. I am sure you will enjoy looking at the painted fibreglass cows which are displayed throughout the area as an artistic representation of the strong dairy industry.
The Goulburn Valley is a significant wine region. The Tahbilk winery was established in 1860 and is well worth a visit. It is home to one of the world's oldest and largest plantings of the Marsanne grape. Other wineries in the area that you may like to visit are Mitchelton near Nagambie and Monichino near Katunga.
Shepparton is a major regional commercial and shopping centre.
Our 10th A C C muster will be held at the Agricultural Show Grounds, which is situated in right in the centre of Shepparton and we hope that you will be able to come and join in the celebrations.
You may think that this is all a furphy, and possibly it is as Shepparton is the home of the Furphy.
Videos providing more information about the Shepparton area are available here.