- Published: 14 September 2017 14 September 2017
Better roads, safety of the RV traveller, and delivery of an efficient communication system were core elements of the submission delivered today by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) to the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia.
The submission delivered by the Club’s Deputy Chairman Tom Smith and Graeme Tree from the Club’s Policy Advocacy and Town Support team, was in response to the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into Opportunities and Methods for Stimulating the Tourism Industry in Northern Australia.
“As our members are major travellers around Australia and in Northern Australia, having first-hand experience on many issues, we were pleased to have the opportunity to provide a submission to the Inquiry,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. “Many parts of Northern Australia are inaccessible to the RVer because of road conditions, lack of communication, lack of catering for the traveller, lack of medical infrastructure, and general remoteness.”
“Our Club applauds the Federal Government for taking the initiative of looking at ways to develop opportunities to attract travellers to the Northern Australia region.”
“At the end of 2016 there were over 740,000 registered caravans, motorhomes, fifth wheelers and camper trailers in Australia so us RVers can make quite a significant contribution to a region’s economy which affects business and employment opportunities.”
“With data showing that on average the RV traveller spends over $100 per day and that we have around 148,000 RVs on the road at any one time, this multiplies out to RVers injecting almost $15 million daily into the economy of the places where they are visiting. Added to this, the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia show that 377,000 international tourists chose to have a caravan and camping holiday in Australia in the past 12 months.”
The ACC’s submission focuses on improvements required for travellers and more particularly the RV traveller, in four key areas. “Working within the Terms of Reference, our Policy Advocacy and Town Support team identified and made recommendations relating to safety, communication, RV support and infrastructure services, and coordination of local events,” Mr Humphrey said.
On the issue of safety, the ACC recommends that the planning for major roads, rest and camping areas be much more coordinated across the various jurisdictions in Northern Australia.
“Major roads leading to the North must be developed and maintained to a standard that attracts travellers,” said Mr Humphrey. “Planning the positioning of rest and camping areas in adjoining local government areas such to allow safe travelling distances is important for fatigue management.”
The ACC also recommends that a centralised calendar be set up to maximise attendance at local events so that adjacent towns do not try to attract the same clients.
“It must also be remembered that the self-contained, self-sufficient RV traveller still has to buy food, undertake mechanical maintenance and repairs, can develop health issues, requires clothing, water, dump points, and all the other necessities of life. Across Northern Australia there is no uniform approach to development of RV support services. This can particularly affect the experience of international RV travellers who are now a growing sector of the market,” he said.
Another ACC recommendation is for an audit to be undertaken of current and planned communication infrastructure across Northern Australia over the next 5 years to allow coordinated planning to commence on ‘filling the gaps’ to a minimum 4G standard.
“Having the ability to check on family, both by the traveller and by those at home, breaks the barrier of perceived isolation. Apart from the safety and social aspects, the communication link also allows those, who for business and work-related reasons would not be free to travel, an opportunity to do that,” Mr Humphrey said.
Click here to view a copy of our Submission to Joint Standing Committee Northern Australia
- Published: 12 September 2017 12 September 2017
Following rave reviews, Lower Heart at Sale in Victoria is our ACC Farm Stay of the Month for September.
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. Guidelines are in place for users of the Farm Stay Scheme based on the laws of the relevant authorities. ACC Farm Stays are only available to ACC members.
You will find Lower Heart 4.5 kilometres East of Sale and a great base to explore the surrounding countryside and take in the Port of Sale, historic swing bridge, Sale board walk, the RAAF Base at East Sale (home of the Roulettes), and the Sale Art Gallery (home of Annemeike Mein Textile Artist).
Lower Heart reviews on the ACC Farm Stay webpage are excellent. Hosts and ACC members Derek and Gwen give ACC members a very warm welcome and are described as "the perfect hosts". Sites are grassed and level.
Derek and Gwen ask ACC members to please phone ahead at least one day prior to your arrival date. Contact and further details for Lower Heart and all other ACC Farm Stays can be found under the On the Road / RVSTAY / Farm Stay tab above. Members – don’t forget to log in first!
- Published: 12 September 2017 12 September 2017
In case you missed it, the ACCC issued a recall notice on 29 June 2017 for Brown & Watson International Pty Ltd — Projecta Intelli-Start Jumpstarter IS900E & IS1200E.The Intellistart Jumpstarters are portable, compact and lightweight devices which enable vehicles to be jumpstarted. Each unit contains a lithium-cobalt battery, a circuit board and software. The product is supplied in a padded case which contains a USB 12V adaptor, a rechargeable lead, a set of jumper leads and an Instruction Manual. The underside of the affected product states the Part Number (P/No.) as IS900E or IS1200E. The front of affected products states either 12V 900A or 12V 1200A. The recall states that in some circumstances the product's battery component may overheat after jumpstarting a vehicle and that if a fault occurs, there is a risk of a fire which may result in property damage and personal injury. To read the full Recall Notice, go to - https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recall/brown-watson-international-pty-ltd-projecta-intelli-start-jumpstarter-is900e-is1200e
- Published: 11 September 2017 11 September 2017
Due to rapid growth in membership, the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is delighted to announce the establishment of a second branch for the Mackay region, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.
Formation of the ACC Coral Sea Cruisers was given the stamp of approval by the Club’s Board last week and will cater for RVers living in Mackay, Sarina and surrounding districts.
“Our Club is very proud of the rapid increase in our membership in the Mackay region,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. “I’d like to congratulate the members of the ACC Coral Sea Cruisers for identifying the need for a second branch in the area. The establishment of the branch brings the total number of ACC branches to 48.”
Until now, the Mackay region was serviced by only one ACC branch, the ACC Sugar City Pioneers. “The ACC Sugar City Pioneers was only formed two years ago, and membership and awareness of our Club in the region has been constantly increasing since then due largely to the efforts of its members.”
“The formation of the ACC Coral Sea Cruisers provides RVers in the Mackay and Sarina regions with a choice of which branch to join.”
“RVers around the country are finding that the ACC is offering its members a huge range of advantages including not only great musters and tagalongs with social and sightseeing activities, but also a number of other services such as free Farm Stays, maintenance advice and technical tips, and over 600 businesses offering member benefits.”
“Our members share their RVing experiences with like-minded people at musters, in our website members’ forum and on our Facebook page. We have an active team who advocate on issues affecting RVers to all levels of government and the RV manufacturing industry.”
“The bigger our Club becomes, the higher the impact that we have when making representations. I encourage RVers to consider joining our Club to enable the impact that we have to be even greater than it currently is.”
“The ACC is one of the largest RV Clubs in Australia. Our Australia-wide membership is currently around 4,500 and growing. We are the Club for all RVers. We welcome owners of caravans, pop tops, motorhomes, campervans, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, and 5th wheelers without discrimination.”
- Published: 11 September 2017 11 September 2017
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is delighted to welcome our 22 new members who joined at the 2017 Queensland Outdoor Adventure & Motoring Expo at the Toowoomba Showgrounds last month.
“On behalf of all members of our Club, a very big welcome to our new members who joined at the Toowoomba Expo,” our Chairman Craig Humphrey said today. “I encourage you all to take advantage of the many benefits that membership of our Club brings. If you have not already joined a branch, I also encourage you to join a branch.”
“22 new members is a fantastic outcome and the result of a lot of hard work volunteered by a number of our members.”
“We would like to extend our special thanks to Show Stand Organisers Lawrence and Petra Pearce and the members who volunteered, all of whom donated time over the duration of the Expo to manage the stand.”
“Our new members will now be able to take advantage of member benefits available from almost 600 businesses around Australia, of staying as a guest with one our member Hosts at one of our Farm Stays, of becoming involved in one of our dynamic committees, and chatting with other members on the members’ forum on our Club’s website to name but a few.”
“In addition, our branches hold regular musters and our Club has its national muster next month at Bingara New South Wales.”
“Next year we have a chairman’s muster planned for early 2018, and our national muster in in Denmark Western Australia.”
“As a member of our Club you are automatically entitled to attend the muster of any branch in Australia.”
This is one of our major recruitment events under our Club’s Target 500 Campaign aimed at membership recruitment and retention which commenced on 1 May 2017.
“Members are reminded that for every new member recruited, the recruiting member will receive a $25 fuel voucher during the course of the campaign which runs until 1 May 2018,” Mr Humphrey said.
- Published: 09 September 2017 09 September 2017
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is delighted to welcome McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park at McLaren Vale, South Australia to its Member Benefits Programme.
Nestled in the heart of the McLaren Vale wine region, ACC members will find McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park a perfect spot to relax, while making it a convenient base for touring the Fleurieu Peninsula and enjoying the region’s many wineries.
Featuring tennis courts, pool and spa, barbeque, kiosk, volleyball court, children’s playground and a beautiful ornamental lake, McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park is now offering ACC members a 10% discount on powered and unpowered sites up to the value of $30 for every stay. No discounts are available during peak periods or over long weekends. Controlled pets are welcome.
To obtain ACC member discount - don’t forget to show your membership card when booking in.