By now, everyone in the country has heard about a new strain of coronavirus, originally known as novel coronavirus and now called COVID-19.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected people from many countries around the world. It’s the topic of discussion on social media and the public media.
There is evidence the virus can spread from person to person.
If you have recently returned from overseas, been in contact with someone who has returned from overseas, or been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, please refer to information provided by your state based health department or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 or contact your preferred medical professional. We have included suggested web links for all states as well as the Australian Government Department of Health.
To protect yourself and others from infection we encourage good hand and respiratory hygiene practises when attending Club events, particularly hand washing prior to attending Happy Hour activities.
Queensland Health – ‘Fact sheet—novel coronavirus’
NSW Health – ‘Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information for travellers’
Victoria– Dept. of Health– ‘For the Victorian public – coronavirus disease (COVID-19)’
Tasmania - Dept. of Health – ‘Coronavirus’
SA Health – ‘Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)’
Western Australia – ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19)’
You should also check out the Australian Government Department of Health website
‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert’
The Department are monitoring the respiratory illness outbreak caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) and will update this alert page every day with the latest medical advice and official reports’www.health.qld.gov.au/coronaviruswww.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
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22 Members and 2 Guests visited the Mt Barrow Lookout, local vineyards including the Leaning Church Vineyard, Evandale Market on Sunday, Seaport in Launceston and many in attendance enjoyed TT club member, Brian Medcraft's 70th birthday!
Other activities included games of Finska and an introduction to Ladder Golf, a shared egg and bacon breakfast on Saturday morning and we mustn't forget the Happy Hours!
A fantastic weekend with a near record, if not record number of vans in attendance.
32 members and 2 guests of the SA branch Lower Murray Gadabouts held an Australian Theme muster at the Mt Compass Caravan Park (one of our valued Member Benefit providers) on the Fleurieu Peninsula recently. Activities included visits to the Willunga markets and Victor Harbour. Members met at the camp kitchen, decorated with Australian flags for happy hours, pancake breakfast complete with fresh blackberries picked by Marie. Evening meal included pea and ham soup, meat pie, roast potatoes, mushy peas finished with dessert of pavlovas and lamingtons.
We had various members reading bush poems and then a sing along with lots of Australian favourites. As the theme was Australian, many of our members dressed to the theme and the winner with the best costume was one of our visitors, Dennis. We all had a great muster with lots of laughs.
Did you know South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is free of fruit fly? Are you travelling into South Australia from interstate or into the Riverland from within the state? Then read on…
The following information has been extracted from the Primary Industries and Regions South Australia Web site.
“As of 4 January 2019, if caught with fruit or fruiting vegetables illegally at the Yamba Quarantine Station you will be fined. A zero tolerance approach is also in place at random quarantine roadblock operations in South Australia
Signs and disposal bins are located across the state including at road entry points, airports and rail terminals. You can use these locations to dispose of restricted products.
Road signs will inform you that you must dispose of restricted fruit and vegetables before you enter South Australia. Additional signs are placed within the state to inform you when you are approaching the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone.
Fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables cannot be carried from interstate into South Australia, unless they comply with import requirements. Commercial importers generally need a plant health certificate or plant health assurance certificate to bring these items into the State.
Uncertified fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables (those generally carried by the travelling public) cannot be brought into the state. Fines and penalties of up $100,000 apply if you breach these regulations and requirements.
Check your food
Use our handy Food Checker https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/fruit_fly/travelling_to_south_australia to see what fruit, vegetables and other food items you can and can't bring into South Australia.
Additional restrictions apply for taking fresh fruit and vegetables into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone from other parts of South Australia. Learn more about bringing fruit into the Riverland.”
Don’t risk being caught.
ACC members are encouraged to join the Grass Roots Tour 2020 to assist disaster affected communities in South West Qld.
Suncoast Caravan Service is organising the “Grass Roots Tour 2020”. The ACC is a proud partner and encourages members to attend.
The purpose of the tagalong tour is to raise awareness how RV travellers can support drought and fire affected communities by travelling, visiting and staying in these areas.
The Grass Roots Tour 2020 is heading south west to Stanthorpe initially and ending in Miles. Along the way we will have Sponsored Happy Hour Events where we will be supporting nominated Community Groups in each town. There will be talks from local businesspeople, some of our corporate sponsors and local dignitaries.
Date: Friday 13th March—Sunday 22nd March 2020 Destinations: Stanthorpe, St George, Cunnamulla, Mitchell & Miles
Places are limited so members need to register as soon as possible.
A record number of registrations for the forthcoming annual Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Chairman’s Muster have been received for the Muster which is to be held in Charters Towers in May.
ACC Chairman, Craig Humphrey, said the response from members has been fantastic.
“Over 115 RV’s bringing 200 ACC members will visit the Charters Towers region for nearly a week from 14 May 2020. I had envisaged about 70 RV’s attending but I am really overwhelmed with the response.
“Following strong representation from local organisers - Judy de Loryn and Linda Brierley, I was very supportive of staging this year’s Chairman’s Muster in Charters Towers.
“As a group of senior RV travellers covering the four corners of this great country, our members have seen the devastation caused by drought and other severe weather events.
“Our members have been very strong in wanting to provide more support in drought-affected areas. When we stay in rural areas, research indicates our members spend up to $100 per day which supports local business.
“This is an example of RV travellers being able to directly support affected regions and I commend both the organisers and members for such a positive reaction to date,” said Mr Humphrey.
Charters Towers Regional Council’s Deputy Mayor, Cr Sonia Bennetto said she is thrilled by the response from the ACC community.
“We’re excited to have so many ACC members register for the Chairman’s Muster. It will be fantastic for our community and a real boost to our local economy.
“We can’t wait to show off what our region has to offer,” said Cr Bennetto.
Whilst in Charters Towers, ACC members will visit several local attractions, have catered meals and support a local charity organisation.
“I encourage local businesses to reach out to the organisers to see how they can promote their business to the ACC members,” said Cr Bennetto.
The ACC was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi-brand RV club in Australia.