A new Special Interest Group has been set up called the ACC English Van Owners Group.
This group is formed to share tips, advice and general information regarding the maintenance, parts availability and modifications to imported English caravans and motorhomes.
If you are the owner of an English van and would like to share your experiences and tips, or receive advice from other owners, join the ACC English Van Owners Special Interest Group
Some of the members from the Lockyer Valley RVers took a members caravan along to the Helidon Heritage Fair and met with local residents talking about the Australian Caravan Club and the area's local branch the Lockyer Valley RVers, It was a lovely sunny day and interest in the club and local branch was a lot higher then expected with 2 new members joing the club plus an existing member signing onto the Lockyer Branch.
NOTES FROM THE BOARD
JULY 2016 CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE – Tom Smith
As an update on Club management I wish to announce that due to work pressures Bruce Beausang requested to leave the Board as at the 31/5/16. It is with reluctance that the Board has agreed and I thank Bruce for his efforts over the last 4 years.
To fill the vacancy from 1/6/16 until the 2016 election Lynne Friis former President of the Eastern Explorers will join the Board as a Director. Lynne brings with her a wealth of RV Experience and also has an extensive legal background which will greatly assist the Club.
A reminder to members who wish to receive a hard copy of The Nomad that postage and handling costs will be added into your Club Membership renewal from the 1st July 2016.
Also please remember to complete the National Muster application either online or from the copy in the latest NOMAD.
ADVOCACY and POLICY TEAM update by Graeme Tree Our focus over the last couple of months has been more on internal matters for the Club. However our State Reps remain active.
Ray Cornall in Queensland says things are a little quiet at present but he continues to meet with Fraser Coast and is keeping up to date with developments in that state.
Eric Cumming in Western Australia tells us that the Western Australian National Parks is opening up camping sites at Yanchep National Park from July this year, in a trial to expand camping options close to the metropolitan area. Yanchep National Park is 50 km north of Perth along Wanneroo Road which becomes Indian Ocean Drive. This route takes you through coastal plains to Geraldton avoiding the heavy haulage route of the Branch Highway. Yanchep will be a useful stopover for travellers wishing to sight see around Perth city and suburbs. Well done Ray and Eric keep up the good work.
BRANCH SUPPORT COMMITTEE update by Graham Christie ACCL Insurance - We often hear “we’re insured when we go on a muster with the ACC, that’s why we sign the form when we get there.”
Here are the answers to various questions and the outcome for your information
All service organisations have insurance on their members. Members are covered for all eventualities from when they leave home; to the task/event and until they arrive home. Does ACCL insurance coverage do the same?
ACC: No – the ACC holds Business Insurance which provides for Public Liability cover plus Liability Insurance which provides a variety of insurance classes for Directors and Officers cover. By definition “Public liability insurance protects a business owner and their business against claims of personal injury or property damage that a third party suffers (or claims to have suffered) as a result of the business activities”.
If ACCL holds Business Insurance and Liability Insurance, do they cover all ACCL events and Branch Committees (President, Secretary, Treasurer and/or Vice President?)
ACC: Yes – providing that prior approval has been granted by the Board for the particular event. This then gives the event the status of an “endorsed activity”. The term ‘Officers’ extends to members who take part in the day to day management of ACC branch level committees. Note that the period of cover is for the start and finish dates specified in the event application.
How does the ACC ensure that for insurance purposes it has an accurate record of attendance at an approved muster?
ACC: All muster attendees including friends/non-members must be included on and sign the Muster Attendance form (children must be recorded but are not required to sign).
Does ACCL insurance cover personal injury
ACC: Only so far as “third party” claims are concerned. ACC member personal injury / personal liability cover is a matter for each individual.
Does ACCL insurance cover loss and/or damage of personal equipment to and from events?
Following a wonderful 5 years of coordinating the Club shop Di and Cec Caterer have now passed the responsibility to Alan & Heather Hermann. The shop will continue as strong as ever and we thank Cec and Di for their outstanding efforts over the past years. The club shop phone number remains the same but now with the dulcet tones of Heather to support members.
The Board approved the draft of the Tagalong Guidelines and Registration Form on receipt of advice from the Club’s Solicitor and Insurance Company. Both documents will soon be available in the documents section on the website. It is expected that all ACC members will use this process for all Club approved tagalongs. Tagalong is a term the Club uses for events others might call roving musters, roving rallies or safaris. The TAGALONG Guidelines have been forwarded to branch Secretaries.
The ACC is on the move
As a part of the growth of the Club the Board is seeking the assistance of members in the following roles-
Advocacy and Town Support Representatives
State News Reporter
Breaking News - WA to host the 2018 National Muster Due to the positive survey result indicating that members are willing to travel to Western Australia the Board is pleased to announce that the 2018 National Muster will be held in WA.
Gasmate Butane Fire Lighter
Sitro Group Australia Pty Ltd is undertaking a voluntary recall of the Gasmate Butane Torch Model BT1000 purchased between 13/10/2015 - 31/1/2016. Defect: When the torch is engaged with the gas cartridge as detailed in the manufacturer's instructions a gas leak may occur. Hazard: Consumers may be at risk of injury from a potential gas leak.
What to Do: Consumers should stop using the product immediately. A replacement unit is currently being tested and finalised and will be ready in short order.
Consumers can register to receive a replacement unit or they can contact Sitro Group Australia to discuss an alternative remedy.
Sitro Group Australia is recalling the product to ensure the safety of our customers as an ongoing commitment to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and product quality at all times
2018 National Muster Survey.
The Board is looking into the possibility of hosting the 2018 National Muster in Western Australia. To help with planning we need to understand how many would be willing to attend a National Muster to be held in the south west region of Western Australia The south west region of WA is an area that provides a large assortment of tourist attractions including, beautiful and rugged coastal scenery, white sandy beaches, fishing, tall timber forests, wineries, restaurants, arts and crafts plus many other major points of interest.
To enable location to be finalised and make the venue reservation well in advance could you please consider and answer these questions and reply by 30th June 2016
1.In which State do you live Please Select
2. Would you be willing to travel to South West Region of Western Australia for a National Muster? Please Select
3. Would you be happy to pay $32 - $35 per night in a well maintained caravan park with excellent facilities (plenty of power and water) as the Muster venue?
Thank you for your assistance.
Brian & Pam Miller (2018 NM Coordinators)
Please send responces to:
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.