Our Club will be presenting its next series of RV Industry Workshops in the Gwydir Shire at Warialda on Wednesday 5 April 2017 at the Warialda Golf & Bowling Club, and at Bingara in the Roxy Theatre conference room at 6pm on Thursday 6 April 2017.
The workshops will focus on many topics including the economic benefits that can be gained by local businesses from catering to the needs of the RV traveller, how to engage with RVers, how to encourage RVers to visit, and opportunities to access the growing RV community.
For further information or to book, contact Georgia on 0409 901 540.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) continues to strengthen itself as a Club representing the interests of ALL RVers with the formation of a further three new branches in March.
“March saw a significant increase in branches for our Club, with the ACC Board approving two new branches in Victoria, and one new branch in Western Australia,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. “This now brings the total number of branches in the ACC to 45.”
“The Bushrangers branch formed when a group of our Victorian members who enjoy bush camping decided to form a branch focussing on camping ‘oﬀ the grid’ and in the bush.”
“The idea of bush camping became so popular that the branch kept growing and ﬁnding suitable bush camp venues capable of taking the increasing number of RVs for branch musters became more and more restrictive with that growth. So it was agreed by the members to split the branch into two and with that, the Drovers was formed. Here, special thanks must be extended to the many members of both branches for working through the processes to enable this to occur.”
“Formation of the Great Ocean Roadsters, also in Victoria, is the result of the tremendous efforts of Club Oﬃcials Terry Hawkins, Dennis Carstairs, and Lionel Mussell after a successful media campaign to which they all contributed. Branch ‘driver’ Terry approached me late last year about starting up an ACC branch for RVers living in the Warnambool region. Our Great Ocean Roadsters have now held their inaugural meeting and its members are looking forward to their ﬁrst oﬀicial muster at Beaufort from 19 to 21 May 2017.”
“In early March, our Club’s Board approved the formation of our sixth Western Australian branch – South West Wanderers. Western Australia continues to see our Club’s fastest growth in membership and since its formation, the branch has continued to grow with an inﬂux of new members.”
“Our South West Wanderers branch is the ﬁrst branch to be established outside the Perth metropolitan area. It will service members living in the Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta and surrounding districts.”
“Congratulations to all the members of the Drovers, Great Ocean Roadsters, and South West Wanderers and their respective committees,” said Mr Humphrey.
Economic Benefits from RVers on the Rise
The economic benefits to be gained from RVers by communities is on the rise, according to Australian Caravan Club (ACC) Chairman Craig Humphrey.
This follows the recent release of figures by Tourism Research Australia showing significant increases in nights spent in both commercial and non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds by Australians for the year ending December 2016.
Tourism Research Australia figures show that in the year ending December 2016, caravan parks and commercial camping grounds saw increases of 12% to 33.3 million nights. Non-commercial caravan parks and camping grounds increased by 22% to 18.3 million nights.
“There are over 620,000 registered RVs in Australia with an estimated 120,000 RVs on the road at any one time and this figure has been growing at around 9% per year,” said Mr Humphrey. “This increase in caravan park and camping ground usage only reflects the increase in RVers out on the road.”
“The RVer is becoming a valuable commodity in the survival of many regional towns. Many councils and chambers of commerce underestimate the economic value of having affordable and accessible caravan parks and budget freedom camps in their communities.”
“A survey of our Club members found that they spend an average of just over $100 per day when on the road with their RV,” said Mr Humphrey. “That can account for a lot of income for local businesses.”
“When providing freedom or budget camps, I encourage local authorities to allow these camps to cater for all RVers, not just those that are fully self-contained, and to provide spaces large enough to accommodate a tug and van, not just a motorhome or campervan,” said Mr Humphrey. “Councils that place too many restrictions will discourage or limit the capacities of many of our Club members and other RVers from staying in their regions, and businesses in those regions will lose valuable income. If there are too many restrictions, RVers will seek places that will accommodate them elsewhere.”
“The ACC has a Code of Conduct for self-containment under its Australian Caravan Club Environmentally Safe Scheme (A.C.C.E.S.S.). A.C.C.E.S.S. members must abide by the Code of Conduct and engage in lawful and environmentally acceptable practices but only at the level of containment prescribed for the specific area being occupied.”
“While staying in a region, RVers support local businesses and need to buy fuel and groceries. Some will dine out, sightsee, buy alcohol, require their vehicles or RVs servicing or repairing, and unfortunately some may require medical attention and pharmaceuticals. All this injects money into a community. The more RVers, the greater the economic benefits,” Mr Humphrey said.
Our Budget Camp for the month of March is Underbool Rest Area Campground situated on the Mallee Highway at Underbool in Victoria. The Campground has barbecues, toilet facilities, a shower and a 24 hour limit. Unpowered sites are free and powered sites are available for $10. There is a fee of $3 for shower use. Pets are permitted.
Underbool is the gateway to the Pink Lakes area of Murray Sunset National Park. If you are into history, while at the Campground visit the Pioneer and Early Settler Memorial, the replica of the Sailor Salt Co. train and the town's police cells, decommissioned in 2000.
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With the success of our Kingaroy Chairman’s muster now behind him, our Chairman’s attention is now turning to our second Chairman’s muster for this year. This muster will be held at the Peak Hill Showgrounds in the Central West of New South Wales from 18 to 23 May 2017.
With special thanks to ACC member Leighton of the Peak Hill Caravan Park, planning for special muster activities is well underway and it is promising to be every bit as sensational as the Kingaroy Chairman’s muster!
What is there to see and do in Peak Hill and its surrounds.
Photo credit: Dennis Mulholland
With antique stores and galleries in its quaint and leafy main street, Peak Hill also boasts a gold mine, Big Fish Fossil Hut, Nature Walk, Flora and Fauna Reserve, Bogan Weir, recreational facilities including a golf course, bowling club, ex-services club, public swimming pool, and Australia’s first upright silo. Nearby attractions include The Dish, Goobang National Park, Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo and the Aviation Museum at Narromine.
So don’t forget to put this exciting muster into your Diary for May, and watch for more details and how to register in the Notes from the Board to issue early April.
Our club has a number of members who are property owners or have access to property, and who are prepared to make their properties available to fellow members for free short term stays under our Farm Stay Scheme.
Members Lindsay and Imelda welcome ACC members to Notre Maison (which translates to ‘our house’). They have a cleared area of bare ground on their property where it is open and easy to park your RV. A water tap is available for use. Small dogs restrained on a leash are permitted.
The property is not a farm but a private block of 5 acres of typical beautiful Darwin bushland. It is a quiet spot, with plenty of bird and animal life, especially at night. Severe fire restrictions apply in the dry season. There is a maximum number of 5 caravan sites available.
Members will find Notre Maison to be a perfect base from which to explore Darwin and its surrounds and for trips into both Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
While visiting the Top End in the dry season is popular, Lindsay and Imelda say that the wet season is absolutely spectacular. September to November can be unpleasant due to high humidity.Notre Maison and hosts Lindsay and Imelda have received glowing reviews in the comments posted under the Farm Stay tab on our club’s website.