- Published: 12 June 2018 12 June 2018
While welcoming the 40% reduction in private motor vehicle tax on caravans and camper-trailers announced by the New South Wales Government last weekend, there are other pressing issues affecting recreational vehicle owners (RVers) in New South Wales.
On Saturday, New South Wales State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced a 40% reduction in motor vehicle tax for private caravan owners for caravans up to 4.5 tonnes which will come into effect on 1 November 2018.
Our ACC Chairman Craig said that the 40% reduction will be appreciated by families, pensioners and self-funded retirees. “Our Club also acknowledges that New South Wales has some of the most generous registration provisions for pensioners than any State. Anyone even on a part pension receives free registration for one vehicle each year.”
“Our Club lobbied the New South Wales government back in 2014 pleading for a reduction in the high registration fees on caravans in that State,” Craig said. “Our pleas fell on deaf ears at the time.”
“However, our Club questions what the New South Wales Government is doing to align the State with other States such as Victoria when it comes to setting registration fees on caravans and camper trailers.”
“Compared to other States, the New South Wales registration fee for private caravan owners is over-priced, placing an unfair burden on caravanners.”
Craig said that the higher caravan registration fees was only one issue affecting RVers in New South Wales that requires attention.
“The New South Wales Government needs to start doing something to improve not only the number of roadside rest areas, but the allocated space available in rest areas for RVs,” Craig said.
“We have truckies and RVers vying for space in rest areas. Some of the angst that is arising between truckies and vanners at rest stops is the result of inadequate space and number of rest areas currently available for RVers along New South Wales highways.”
“While RVers acknowledge that truckies operate on a time schedule and must have regulatory rest stops, RVers too need fatigue management.”
“If the New South Wales Government is serious about helping caravanners, then they need to improve the availability and size of roadside rest areas to accommodate the travelling RVer for overnight stays and fatigue management,” Craig said.
The ACC has recently called for a summit of interested stakeholders in a major effort to resolve issues between truckies and vanners on the road and develop protocols under which both road-user groups can work.
“All affected stakeholder groups need to collaborate together, be working off the same page and at the same time, be delivering the same message. At the moment we are seeing several stakeholders including our own Club using individual resources, at times with slightly different messages, that are not reaching the full targeted audiences,” Craig said.
- Published: 10 June 2018 10 June 2018
We have added a polling feature to your website home page.
Our Club proposes to conduct a range of polls every 2 or 3 months. It is hoped that the information from the polls will not only be of interest to you, but also provide valuable information for use when representing you to governments and the RV industry as a consumer to improve your RV Lifestyle.
The first poll is a trial run. Please log onto this website to vote.
You will find the poll link directly underneath the green 'LATEST POLL' icon which you will find by scrolling down on the far right hand column of the webpage if using a desktop computer, or at the very bottom of our homepage on your mobile device.
- Published: 09 June 2018 09 June 2018
ACC members – An update from our ACC Chairman Craig has been issued by Mail Chimp to you. Keep an eye out for its arrival into your email inbox with the subject line of ‘Message from your ACC Chairman’.
- Published: 06 June 2018 06 June 2018
Boort Simply Tomatoes Farm in Victoria is our Freedom Camp of the Month for June.
Nominated by ACC East Gippsland Roadrunners branch member Derek, you will find Simply Tomatoes on Parkers Road, Yando near Boort.
Friendly hosts Ian and Marilyn provide a tour of their Aussie Wool Quilts business and a tasting of their green tomato produce. There are tea and coffee facilities.
The campground is a picturesque grassy area beside the dam with geese and willow trees. Power and toilets are available. Camping is free but please leave a donation in the donation box. Donations go back into the upkeep of the campground and camping facilities.
Group day tours to check out the hidden gems of Boort which include a packed lunchbox are also available on enquiry.
In his nomination for the site, Derek stated –
On our Silos Tag A Long we finished at Simply Tomatoes At Boort Vic. Ian and Marilyn are the owners of the property and have opened it up to RVs as a free Budget camp. We had 2 nights there and our group did the Simply Tomatoes Tour which included their history and afternoon tea on day 1, then on day 2 we finish the Tag A Long with a 3 course meal served around the fire. The 2 day tour only cost $25:00 per head and the meal was great. We had full use of the Outdoor Entertainment area as well as free tea and coffee anytime. There is also limited 10 amp power available to keep the vans’ batteries charged.
Pets are permitted and there is a maximum stay of 72 hours. Please ring Ian and Marilyn prior to your arrival to confirm availability on 03 5455 4237.
While staying at Simply Tomatoes, a visit to the nearby Spannerman is a must!
- Published: 06 June 2018 06 June 2018
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to announce a new offer from existing Member Benefit Provider No Boundaries.
ACC members Kym and Lyn have just written an eBook ‘Be an Australian Nomad Adventurer - Confidently rove and fund your lifestyle while on the road.’
This eBook is available from the No Boundaries online store for $12.50. Using a special ACC discount code ACC members will receive a $1.00 discount.
Kym and Lyn are donating $1.00 from every sale of their book to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
No Boundaries has been a long time supporter of our Member Benefit Programme and in addition to the above offer they also give ACC members discounts on various specials as advertised on their website.
To obtain the special ACC discount code and for further details, ACC members should log into this website and click on the orange member benefits - non accommodation button on this webpage.
- Published: 05 June 2018 05 June 2018
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Affordable Caravan Repairs to its member benefits programme.
Affordable Caravan Repairs are located in Bundaberg. Qualified technicians are on hand to work on your caravan, camper or RV and offer everything from fixing windows & doors, full re-sheets or servicing solar panels and batteries. Repairs are also carried out for all Insurance Companies.
Parts and accessories are also available.
Advise you are a member of the ACC to obtain discount.
Affordable Caravan Repairs offer ACC members a 10% discount off parts, accessories and servicing and a 5% discount on labour costs.
- Published: 04 June 2018 04 June 2018
The Australian Caravan Club is delighted to welcome Dunbogan Caravan Park to its member benefits programme.
Dunbogan Caravan Park is in the heart of Dunbogan, on the Camden Haven River, on the Mid North Coast of NSW.
With its sheltered swimming beaches, pristine waterways, and nestled at the foot of North Brother Mountain in Dooragan National Park, Dunbogan is the home base for the local fishing fleet and one of the best fish co-ops on the coast.
Launch your boat or kayak from one of the boat ramps within minutes from the caravan park for a spot of fishing or a relaxing paddle. Or, from the shore, watch the fishing fleet navigate the mouth of the Camden Haven River at sunrise. If boating isn’t for you then take a walk on one of the walking trails in Dooragan National Park or Kattang Nature Reserve.
The pet friendly park offers everything you will need during your stay, including a pool, onsite laundry facilities, barbecues, playground and spotless amenities.
Dunbogan Caravan Park offer ACC members a 10% discount off seasonal tariff for a minimum 2 night stay (up to $30), OR $175 for 7 night stay (consecutive) between 30 April 2018 - 30 September 2018.