The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) today announced that John Snell from New South Wales has been appointed as a Director until the next Annual General meeting in 2019.
“I am pleased that John has accepted the invitation to join the Board as he brings a wealth of professional experience and RV knowledge to the table. John Retired in 2011 after 44 years in the financial services industry spending the last 30 years in a legal support role for retail and business bankers. Together with his wife Kathy they immediately took up caravanning and joined the ACC. “said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
“We have had a vacancy for a number of months with current Board members carrying additional duties and this appointment brings the Board to 6 as per the constitution. John will relinquish his ACC Golden Westerners Branch Secretary role from today and immediately fill the Board position” said Mr Humphrey.
“I’m delighted to join the Board and continue to work within the Club. It is an exciting time to be a part of the ACC and I’m looking forward to working at a different level for our members. I’ve spent quite a number of years within the club in a variety of positions and this will provide great background for the Board role” said Mr Snell
“I have held roles as Vice President and Secretary for many years in the ACC Golden Westerners branch. Also In 2013 I joined the ACC policy team undertaking research for a number of ACC initiatives” noted Mr Snell.
John has spent his life living in Sydney and besides caravanning enjoys spending time with their two married children and five grandchildren.
“John’s appointment, along with fellow director Deb Bott’s election at this year’s AGM adds a great depth of experience to the Board as they both have spent many years working in and around the Club. As I constantly say the strength in our Club is the members and thank both members for joining board” said Mr Humphrey.
Located between Guyra/Armidale/Uralla and Inverell in the Northern Tablelands, the pet friendly and peaceful Tingha Gems Caravan Park is like a breath of fresh air to the traveller, boasting 26 powered sites and many more unpowered sites, with room for big rigs, satisfactory amenities (and already funded extension plans), with work about to start on a BIG new Camp Kitchen and meeting area.
The Managers, Craig and Rebel Bright, are not just friendly and on the ball, they are great cooks and by arrangement for groups they can turn on a magnificent spit roast or BBQ, and a trifle to die for (with plenty of seconds usually available, and you will want to line up for them), at a very reasonable price. It is great when the Park operators treat you like a favourite cousin! Call them to book on 0267 233 234.
More about what to see and do in a little place like Tingha in a moment. Just how much to stay in this little Nirvana in the bush? Well, for touring ACC members looking to overnight, there is a 10% discount off the (current) normal fee of $20 for a powered site … that is only $18 a night. A group of six or more vans arriving by arrangement for a Branch muster scores a 20% discount. How good is that? If you plan for a day or two, and love it so you decide to stay another week, there is a special weekly rate of $90 for singles, which is now discounted by 10% to just $81 for ACC Members, and just $108 for couples ($120 - 10%). Yes, that is for seven days. Of course, unpowered sites are cheaper, but if it is mid- winter or mid- summer you might appreciate the aircon.
OK, but what could you do to amuse yourself at Tingha? Well, for a starter, if you like fishing you can drop a line right next to the Park, or at any number of fishing holes close by. The Wing Hing Long Museum and Old Store has a lot to look at, for just a small admission fee, and the volunteer ladies turn on a beaut homemade scones, jam and real cream Devonshire Tea. If you like a bit of fun the Green Valley Farm is just out of town, a particularly good spot for kids. You enjoy a drop of wine? Toppers Valley winery and vineyard is only minutes away, and for a real treat head to Gilgai to the New England Woodturning and Didgeridoo factory. Proprietor Rob puts on a really entertaining (for groups) demo of didge playing, shows and demonstrates a big range of didges, including some you are unlikely to ever see elsewhere for small cost. Then, after a cuppa and bickies (maybe a fresh homemade cake, if you are lucky) you can have a look at some magnificent wooden pieces, including a fully operational wooden clock. The ladies at Tingha’s Red Rose Café make a mouth-watering steak-burger with the works, and have a range of essential items in their small grocery section. A great evening meal is available on Friday nights only, from the Tingha Bowls (Sport and Recreation Club), run by volunteers, and they all do know how to cook.
There is a pub, Post Office, fuel station, and a couple of other places in Tingha, but the real attraction is the Tingha Gems Caravan Park and the Managers, Craig and Rebel. Don’t just drive through Tingha, because while you might not have guessed it, it is well worth planning a stop over and enjoying more of the attractions of the area, in fact Tingha is a great place to plan a week-long stay, enjoying a relaxed and economical visit to an historic location. I will be back, for sure. Ralph Jordan, ACC Member
Just a note about Tingha. The people here are very supportive of travellers, and are proactive about maintaining the facilities available. Much effort is directed towards keeping the place looking inviting too, and as a matter of fact, volunteers manage and maintain the Caravan Park, volunteers operate the Bowling Club Friday night dinners, volunteers operate the Wing Hing Long Museum, and volunteers organise and manage the various special events such as the Tingha Tin Festival, which for 2018 is on 16th and 17th of November. I will be there, especially for the magnificent Chinese Dinner! This is one little town which needs and truly deserves support from ACC members.
Over $247,000 was injected into the economy of the Western Australian township of Denmark and its surrounds over 7 days of an Australian Caravan Club annual national muster earlier this month.
“In fact, some of our members explored the region for a couple of weeks and this expenditure is not included in the above tally,” said ACC Chairman, Craig Humphrey.
ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey noted that an interesting and fun filled programme had seen over 380 Club members travel to Denmark to attend the 7 day muster at the BIG 4 Ocean Beach Holiday Park.
The Muster was officially opened by the local State member Mr Terry Redmond MLA.
“The National Muster provided an atmosphere for Club members to chat informally with me and other board directors about Club matters,” Mr Humphrey said. “At least five happy hours, a first timer’s happy hour, a catered dinner, and morning teas throughout the muster provided ample opportunity for this.”
“One of my personal highlights was the Dragon Boating one morning – a first for a national muster and for many of the 36 participants”, said Mr Humphrey
“Our Club is most appreciative of the sponsorship and support that we received for the event from the local businesses in Denmark,” Mr Humphrey said.
Over the course of the muster, there were a number of organised activities. “For our members who like to experience a region and its history, there were visits to the National Anzac Centre, Whaling Station, the Gap and the Natural Bridge in Albany, and many wine and food outings around Denmark.
Members who like ‘tech talk’ were not disappointed. A very comprehensive presentation regarding vehicle and weight issues by Dragan Vasic, National Sales Manager, Lovell’s Springs drew a large audience.
Members also supported a fundraising charity afternoon tea for local Black Dog Ride with $500 provided to the charity and an additional donation of $425 was made to Angel Flight following a presentation by CEO Marjorie Pagani,” said Mr Humphrey.
At the Annual General Meeting Deb Bott was elected as a Director and Craig Humphrey returned as Chairman. The Secretary’s and Chairman annual reports are available to members on the ACC website.
ACC members are now turning their focus onto the Club’s 2019 Chairman’s Muster to be staged in Murray Bridge in South Australia from 14/3/19.
Australian Caravan Club members dig deep to assist drought affected communities, the local Denmark community and Angel Flight at the 12th Annual National Muster
Australian Caravan Club members have contributed significantly to the call for donations to assist communities affected by the drought.
“Following the close of the donation period, I’m pleased to report that members have contributed nearly $2200 towards the nominated total of $5000. This was from both individual members and ACC branches. I am also aware that some ACC branches made donations directly to charities supporting the drought relief efforts. To all I say a collective thank you”, said Craig Humphrey, ACC National Chairman.
“Whilst the ACC Board had previously committed to match the donations dollar for dollar, the Club will, on the back of the strong member response, now increase its commitment to $2800. This will mean that the Club will over the coming weeks announce the distribution process of the funds totalling $5000”, said Mr Humphrey.
“The Club also announced that as a result of the annual fund raiser at the recent National Muster that $500 would be donated to the Black Dog ride. “This is an amazing initiative seeking to raise awareness and discussion of mental health issues across the country. We are very pleased to support the local Denmark Black Dog Ride group”, noted Mr Humphrey.
“The Club is also proud to support Angel Flight following a keynote presentation by CEO Marjorie Pagani at the National Muster. Club members have resoundingly sought to support the great work of Angel Flight and will donate over $300”, stated Mr Humphrey.
“I am incredibly proud of the members for the gereousity they have shown through these 3 initiatives that will assist each of the groups achieve their goals in the coming year”, concluded Mr Humphrey.
The ACC was founded in September 2006 and is now the second largest multi brand RV club in Australia.
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Waterspot Australia to its member benefits programme.
One cleaner does everything.
Waterspot is a versatile product which: Removes: waterspot, soap scum, mineral deposits, lime scale, oxidized paint, salt, rust, light scratches and more. Restores: All glass, marble, porcelain, ceramic, perspex, tiles, acrylic shower bays and more. Polishes: All metals, chrome, alloy, stainless steel, copper and more. Environmentally friendly. No chemicals, acids phosphates, bleach, solvents or detergents. Safe for septic & grey water tanks.
ACC members will receive free postage & handling anywhere is Australia – just head to the ACC Website to for the promocode you need to enter on-line.
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Goomeri Caravan & Bush Camp to its member benefits programme.
Nestled amongst some of SE Queensland's picturesque countryside, Goomeri Caravan and Bush Camp is a 3 hour drive North West of Brisbane.
An easy drive away is many of SE QLD's tourist attractions such as the Eumundi Markets and the South Burnett Wine Trail and right on the doorstep of some big festivals such as the Gympie Music Muster and Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
The Caravan and Bush Camp is located on a picturesque 300acre property. All sites are unpowered. Generators are allowed between 8am-9pm. Group sites are available for friends camping together with each site having a fire rings.
You may like to try your hand at fishing in the dams or just take in the beautiful scenery. At night you may like to join in a communal camp fire.
ACC members – a 10% discount is offered on production of your membership card.
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Padthaway Caravan Park to its member benefits programme.
A picturesque drive through the vineyards of the renowned Padthaway Wine Region on the Limestone Coast, leads you to the tranquil setting of the Padthaway Caravan Park.
Nestled on a hillside overlooking historic Padthaway Homestead and township, Padthaway Caravan Park offers a relaxing and peaceful setting for its guests.
Wander through the adjacent conservation park where wild flowers, kangaroos, koalas and other native flora and fauna thrive, or play a round of golf on the adjoining golf course (season April to October). Wine enthusiasts should experience the quality of Padthaway Wines at the cellar doors. Then top off the experience with a picnic under the red gums in and around Padthaway.
Just off the Riddoch Highway, our lovingly maintained park has cabins and on site vans set amongst beautifully maintained gardens. Camping and powered sites are nestled amongst gum and native trees set on roomy lawned sites, giving you a quiet and peaceful stay.
ACC members – a 10% discount is offered OR stay for 3 nights and get the 4th night free. In addition, Padthaway Caravan Park are offering members of the Australian Caravan Club the opportunity to take advantage of our end of Spring Sale. This is the last opportunity for members to witness the end of spring flowering season as we enter Summer. Members are offered to take advantage of our stay one night and get your second night free during the month of November, 2018.