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.
Yesterday representatives from RV Clubs of Australia Limited (RVCAL) including the ACC met with the Office of the NSW Minister for Transport on a number of matters including Toll charges for RV’s travelling through Sydney. The following advice has been received regarding a grace period that RV travellers may be eligible for a toll credit -
Are you aware that if you have travelled through Sydney using a toll way since August 2019 you MAY be eligible for a toll credit. ACC received information yesterday that improvements in roadside measurement technology has meant more consistent classifications and charging across toll roads in Sydney. As classifications are determined by vehicle measurements, towed vehicles and caravans may have been impacted by these changes.
In NSW, the class of your vehicle, along with the distance you travel, determines the tolls you pay. Class is determined by vehicle dimensions and recent improvements in roadside technology has improved the way we detected these measurements. A vehicle’s total measurements includes any towed vehicles, such as trailers, caravans and boats. If you travel with one of these vehicles, your classifications may have been impacted and you might have experienced an increase in your toll road charges as a result. A toll credit for the difference between a Class B and Class A may be available if this impacts you.
Eligibility: To be eligible for a toll credit, you must:
- Have travelled between 26 August 2019 and 29 February 2020, inclusive
- Have at least one trip classified as a Class B trip
- Travelled on one of the following toll roads: Hills M2, Westlink M7, Lane Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, Cross City Tunnel, M5 South-West Motorway, WestConnex M4
- Have a privately-owned vehicle which was towing a caravan, trailer or similar
Linkt have advised via their website that they have proactively notified customers expected to be impacted by these changes, however some may not have received the advice. The “grace” period is until 29 February 2020, so act now, by calling them direct 13 33 31. For full details https://www.linkt.com.au/sydney/using-toll-roads/news/grace-period-for-recreational-vehicles-travelling-in-nsw
The ACC is proud to be member of RVCAL. Originally established in 2007, and formerly known as MoTOURing Australia, it aims to ensure the best legal and political representation can be achieved on behalf of its members.
The organisations that come together to form RVCAL potentially represent more than 710 ,000 recreational vehicles, that is roughly 1.3 million consumers, in a market that is increasingly growing. This figure embodies a substantial majority of our domestic RV tourist and the extended drive tourism market in Australia.
The four organisations that make up RVCAL are:
- Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia Limited: ABN 16 095 568 157
- National Association of Caravan Clubs Limited: ACN 141 272 844
- Australian Touring RV Club Inc: ABN 81 322 749 403
- Australian Caravan Club Limited: ACN 121 300 856
We welcome Pamper Paws Dog Spa to our Member benefits program.
In 2017, Pamper Paws opened, providing Blayney NSW with quality dog grooming services. Pamper Paws relocated to Mackay QLD in January 2020.
Meagan regularly attends grooming seminars to stay up to date with grooming styles, equipment and products. She also completes at dog grooming competitions around the country.
Pamper Paws Dog Spa are offering touring ACC members a 10% discount off any Grooming Service and free Doggy Day care with all grooming services
For more information on Pamper Paws Dog Spa
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After founding and running the Warrnambool Ukulele Group for six years, the three of us, Annie, Judith and Kevin decided it was time to let others have a chance to takeover. Already we had a three-piece group playing sixties music (Guitar, Bass and Drums). We kept playing our Ukuleles every week at home, trying out new ways of interpreting songs. While playing around with different tunes we produced a song to celebrate Annie’s Kazoo; namely, “Dirty Girdy”. Hence the name of the group. From there we created more songs.
We noticed most music ignored issues from ‘third age’ people, ie those heading to retirement or past middle age. Why not pen some songs about them? Why not produce The Grey Album? Thus, began our task of listening to our friends discussing issues that faced them in their daily lives. Sometimes we could use humour or make satirical comment. For example, being grandparents inspired “Only Passing Through” and ownership of caravans gave us “Grey Nomad”. Other times the issues required us to celebrate. For instance, “I Still Love You” and “Still Romance”. There were times we developed songs about life processes like “Retiring” and “Downsizing”. At other times we couldn’t shy away from the plight of friends where songs required more pathos like “Ageing Blues” or occasionally mixed with humour like “Mobile Society”.
Knowing the Ukulele is popular with ‘third age’ people we used different styles (country blues, contemporary folk, rhythm and blues, and reggae) to demonstrate the Ukulele’s potential for a variety of rhythmic patterns. It's been a steep learning curve; writing songs, arranging them, having them recorded, getting the CD cover designed and reproduced and learning a range of computer programs to build websites, produce videos etc.
It continues to be fun playing Ukulele and constantly learning new techniques. Like anything practice makes perfect. We are a long way from perfect, but we will seek to keep on improving our Ukulele playing. Look for us on YouTube, Facebook and our website www.dirtygirdy.net .