Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members travelling to and from Tasmania now have the advantage of staying at the Club’s first Farm Stay in Tasmania, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.
The ACC’s Farm Stay Scheme is an initiative that arose when a group of ACC members expressed an interest in making space available on their properties for fellow Club members to stay short term, free of charge. Strict rules are in place for users of the Farm Stay Scheme based on the laws of the relevant authorities.
‘The ACC is delighted to welcome our very first Farm Stay in Tasmania,’ said Mr Humphrey. ‘The Burrong Farm Stay is sited only 30 minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania dock. I expect it will become a very highly sought after stopover for our members travelling to and from Tasmania.’
‘The ACC is very grateful to Burrong Farm Stay hosts and ACC members Andrew and Karen Porter for opening up their property to fellow ACC members.’
ACC members staying at the site will find it is close to Cradle Mountain and only 15 minutes from the beach and Sprent. Mt Roland, Sheffield, Gunns Plains Caves and Leven Canyon are all less than an hour’s drive away.
Tasmanian-based ACC member Bernie Barnwell recently stayed at Burrong. ‘This campground is a beautiful place and Andrew and Karen are exceptional hosts,’ Mr Barnwell said.
Well-behaved pets are welcome and ACC members are asked to please phone Andrew and Karen beforehand to check availability. Water may be available, depending on the season.
Further details about the site and contact details for Burrong are available for ACC members on the ACC website under the On the Road / RVSTAY / Farm Stay tab.
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The Park proudly displays an Australian Caravan Club (ACC) RVSTAY sign at its entrance. An ACC RVSTAY sign confirms our Club’s endorsement of a site.
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There is enough to see in Peak Hill and its surrounds to find yourself based at the Park for several days. With antique stores and galleries in its quaint and leafy main street, Peak Hill also boasts a gold mine, Big Fish Fossil Hut, Nature Walk, Flora and Fauna Reserve, Bogan Weir, recreational facilities including a golf course, bowling club, ex-services club, public swimming pool, and Australia’s first upright silo.
Nearby attractions include The Dish, Goobang National Park or the Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo.
For more about Peak Hill Caravan Park, go to www.peakhillcaravanpark.com.au.
Report by Dennis Mulholland, ACC Member No Q00369.
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Businesses in the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) will benefit from two industry workshops to be conducted by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) with the LPSC business community later this month, ACC Deputy Chairman Tom Smith announced today.
The workshops will be held at Racecourse Dining Room, Quirindi, and Spring Ridge Hall, Spring Ridge in New South Wales and have been set for 24 and 25 January 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
‘These workshops will focus on many topics including the economic benefits that can be gained by local businesses from catering to the needs of the RV traveller, how to engage with RVers, how to encourage RVers to visit, and opportunities to access the growing RV community,’ said Mr Smith.
‘Members of the ACC Policy, Advocacy and Town Support Committee plus ACC Board Members will be conducting the seminars and speaking on issues relevant to these topics.’
‘We consider these workshops will prove to be beneficial not just to local businesses within the LPSC as they reap the economic rewards that can be gained by specifically catering for the RV community, but also to RVers as their wants and needs are met. This will be a win / win situation for all.’
Members of the LPSC business community wishing to attend should contact the LPSC for further information.
‘The ACC is now developing further regional options within the Club’s Town Support Program and is prepared to work with any local authority or business community wishing to develop a recreational vehicle strategy,’ Mr Smith said.
The Caravan Council of Australia (CCA) has notified the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) that it ‘is introducing a professional engineering and legal assistance program to help owners of caravans and camper-trailers who have serious unresolved technical problems with their vehicle.’
CCA has instructed the ACC that the service ‘is available only for alleged Major Defects involving Compliancing and Safety…where discussions with the Supplier have failed to satisfactorily resolve the issues.’
CCA has requested complainants to complete a Complaint Form and email it to the CCA together with photos. The CCA state that the Complaint will be confidentially examined ‘by an independent professional experienced engineer, and an accredited solicitor - without cost - to determine whether any legal action is likely to favourably resolve the issue(s), and what the indicative costs would be for:
- such action, by a Letter of Demand and
- with appropriate action, if necessary.’
CCA state that an indicative cost ‘for a simple basic Letter of Demand is around $400 - $500 (+ GST).’
CCA further state that ‘If the Claim is deemed to be justified, and likely to be satisfactorily resolved, the Solicitor will provide a completely-free – without any obligation whatsoever – initial telephone discussion, for up to 20 minutes!’
‘The ACC is very concerned about compliance and safety issues,’ said Mr Smith. ‘Our Club has been making serious representations to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia on behalf of our members who have genuine major defect issues with their RV manufacturers.’
‘A copy of the CCA Complaint form is available for our members upon request,’ Mr Smith said.