WA's new Branch

 

Our Club Continues Expansion in Western Australia

 

One of Australia’s largest RV Clubs, the Australian Caravan Club (ACC), proudly welcomes the formation of the South West Wanderers, a new branch at Busselton, following a successful ‘meet and greet’ last Sunday, Club Chairman Craig Humphrey announced today.

“Our Club is delighted to see the establishment of our sixth branch in Western Australia,” Mr Humphrey said.  “Western Australia continues to see our Club’s fastest growth in membership.”

“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.”

“Sixteen members representing eight RV units have come together to form the new branch.”

The inaugural meeting was officiated by ACC Secretary and board director Maria Minchin.  “We have had several members in the south west area for a long time and they were delighted to finally come together to form their branch,” Mrs Minchin said.  “Last Sunday was a very exciting time for the new branch members as they selected the branch name.  All committee positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer were filled.”

“Congratulations to all the members of the ACC South West Wanderers and their committee,” said Mr Humphrey.

“The ACC is one of the largest RV Clubs in Australia.  Our Australia-wide membership is currently around 4,500 and growing.”

“We are the Club for all RVers.  We welcome owners of caravans, pop tops, motorhomes, campervans, slide-on campers, camper-trailers, and 5th wheelers without discrimination.”

“ACC membership brings with it a huge range of advantages including member benefits, free Farm Stays, and social and fun activities including muster and tagalong events where our members share RVing experiences with like-minded people.”

“We also have an active team who advocate on issues affecting RVers to all levels of government and the caravan manufacturing industry.”

“Any RVer living in the Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Augusta and surrounding districts and wishing to make enquiries about joining the ACC South West Wanderers branch, should contact the branch secretary Noeline Williams by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning 0428 325 335,” Mr Humphrey said.

2017 ACC National Muster Registration

MUSTER INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

ACC 11th  National Muster

Bingara Showgrounds and Racecourse,

Bowen Street, Bingara, NSW

13th – 23rd October 2017

 

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES:

The Showgrounds will be open to Members from 9am FRIDAY 13 October and must be vacated by 12.00 noon MONDAY 23 October.

NOTE: There will be no entry before Friday 13th October.

If you wish to arrive early and explore the Region there is a Caravan Park in Town or excellent free camping along the Gwydir River.

ARRIVAL:

On arrival you will be guided to your site by Marshalls so you can set up then proceed to the Muster Office to Register and obtain your Information pack and badges. It should be noted that all vans are to be reversed onto your site with the Tow Hitch pointing outward to the road.

SITING:

At National Musters all Members are sited randomly NOT by Branches.

The only exception will be for Branch Members attending their first National Muster who will be sited where possible near another Member from the same Branch.

BRANCH TAG-ALONGS:

It is requested that any Branches who are arranging Tag-alongs to the National Muster to make their arrival date at Bingara no later than Sunday 15 October and where possible stagger each Member's arrival at the site to avoid any traffic congestion.

MARSHALLING AND REGISTRATION HOURS WILL BE:

Friday   13th October                   - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Saturday 14th October                   - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sunday 15th October                    - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday 16th October                    - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Office will not be open during the Opening Ceremony Monday morning.

A list of Contact numbers for Urgent matters outside these time will be posted at the Office.

MUSTER VENUE AND FACILITIES:

Bingara Showgrounds and Racecourse, Bowen Street Bingara.

All sites are level and powered sites have access to power and water.

Unpowered sites will have access to water

Each RV must bring the following:

            * 2 Water Hoses

            * 1 joiner for the 2 hoses

            * 2 way tap adaptor to fit 20mm – 25mm tap

            * An additional 15 amp Power Lead with a water proof joining cover

            * Solar lights are handy to mark obstacles on your site – Tow Hitch etc.

Grey Water:

Grey Water may go on the ground but must be retained on your own site. Please be considerate of your neighbours and don’t let your water encroach on others.

Washing Machines

There are currently no Washing Machines at the Showgrounds but the Muster Organisers are investigating if at least one could be made available.

There is no EPTPOS on site but Credit Card payments can be accepted.

K.I.T PANCAKE BREAKFAST:

K.I.T (Kids in Tow) group will be organising a Pancake Breakfast. This is a K.I.T fundraiser to assist in the continuing expansion of the program.

BADGES:

National Muster Badges will be provided in your Information Pack and must be worn at all times.

In addition Branch Badges may also be worn. You will need to provide your own lanyard for Badges. All Members are encouraged to wear their National Muster Badge outside the Showgrounds to promote the ACC and from past experience the local traders and general population of Bingara will make you most welcome to their Town.

DINNER DANCE SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER:

We are trying something different with the Dinner Dance this Muster which all Members are invited to attend. The Dance will be free and there will be the following options for meals.

  • Paid Dinner provided from a local supplier. The "Friends of Touriandi" will provide a 2 course meal for $20 per head (Set main, choice of desert). There will be NO special dietary arrangements with this meal; or
  • BYO food; or
  • Have a meal at your van and then attend Dance.
  • All options are BYO drink.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

At Morning or Afternoon teas Gluten free options will be available, however anyone with lactose/milk special requirements must bring their own.

CRAFT:

Craft sessions will be scheduled where you can bring your own particular craft and have a “Stitch and Bitch”. There will be no organised activities.

UKULELE:

The Ukulele group will meet each day from 4 -  5 pm for a strum and sing along.  Bring your own uke please.

Beginners are encouraged and will be given the basics so they can join in.  We hope to see last year’s beginners group returning for more fun and all other uke players will be welcome to join in..

We will keep it simple so all levels can enjoy making music with a bunch of friends.  Please find a couple of songs that are easy to play and fun to sing and make a dozen or so copies to share.

BOULES AND FINSKA:

There will be no organised Boules or Finska Competition; however Games sets will be available at Happy Hour venues for Members to organise and play matches.

PORTABLE COOKERS:

All portable butane type cookers must be of an authorised manufacture. Banned portable cookers will not be allowed.

GOLF COMPETITION AND DINNER:

Play golf at the Golf Club and then stay for Happy Hour and Dinner. Numbers may be limited. Further details of costs etc will be announced at the Muster but an indication of your interest in either or both would be appreciated on the Registration Form.

BAREFOOT BOWLS AND DINNER:

Play barefoot bowls at the Bowls Club and then stay for Happy Hour and Dinner. Numbers may be limited or it may be possible to have 2 different days. Further details of costs etc will be announced at the Muster but an indication of your interest in either or both would be appreciated on the Registration Form.

FARM TOUR

Self Drive tour of a Cattle property and morning tea with the owner.

Bring your own Morning Tea and please car pool if possible. If you are not involved in other activities this day it is a good opportunity to continue and visit some local attractions and lunch in surrounding Towns.

LIVING CLASSROOM TOURS:

The Living Classroom is turning 150 hectares of little used town common into a food production wonderland. It is combining many agricultural activities with horticulture, aquaculture and forestry. Guided Tours will be held on Monday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning. Each Tour is restricted to 50 persons. Please indicate on your Registration your preference as 1, 2 or 3. Places will be allocated on a first in basis.

Website: www.thelivingclassroom.com.au

FOSTERS SOLAR POWER SYSTEM:

Mr and Mrs Foster have kindly offered to show us their Solar Powered home and workshop on their farm about 28 kms out of Bingara. They use 48 volts as input into their 7kva inverter which supplies the home and workshop and from this they can run the workshop including a Welder and also Air Conditioning for their home.

There will be no cost for the tour however Mr and Mrs Foster are prepared to supply a sausage sizzle lunch for $6.00 each with money raised going to the Country Womens Association.  Please car pool if possible.

TRADING AND SELLING OF WARES:

Any Member wishing to sell goods and/or services may do so from a nominated central location.

CHARITY AFTERNOON TEA:

The Country Womens Association will supply a Guest Speaker and provide Afternoon Tea. Money raised will go to the Country Womens Association

PETS:

The Bingara Showground is pet friendly. Pets are welcome at the Muster however the following ACC Pet Policy Rules must be adhered to.

  1. All pets must be restrained on a short leash (no longer than 2 metres) or in a cage at all times at the Muster venue outside your RV.
  2. Owners must clean up after pets.
  3. Pets are not permitted in areas where food is prepared or served.
  4. Pets are not permitted at indoor group gatherings or meetings.
  5. Pets must not be a nuisance to any other guests at the Muster site.
  6. Pets must not be left unattended either inside or outside your RV if they have a tendency to bark, squark etc and disturb the peace.
  7. Dogs that have a tendency to snap or bite should be muzzled when in public.
  8. Pet owners agree to take full responsibility for any personal injury or damages caused by their pets whilst inside the Muster venue and agree to pay for any claims of compensation in relation to their pets activities.

The only exception to these rules applies to seeing eye dogs for the visually impaired. They will be permitted in areas outlined in points 3 and 4 above.

Any complaints regarding pet behaviour should be directed to the Muster Office.

You can download a copy of the 2017 National Muster Guidelines.

BINGARA ATTRACTIONS:

An information sheet on the attractions in and around Bingara has been complied for your information and is on the ACC Website.

Use the following link:

www.australiancaravanclub.com.au/files/Bingara_Attractions.pdf

 

Enquiries

Enquiries regarding the National Muster should be directed to:

By email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 1800 734 493

Members should sign in to access the on-line National Muster Registration Form

 

Armed Forces

Special Interest Group of the Australian Caravan Club for Armed Forces Personnel

Open to all ex or current Service Men and Women who have or are serving in the Australian or Allied Armed Forces or merchant Navies. The group encourages honesty, patriotism and mateship

If you're not yet a member of the Australian Caravan Club you can join us here.  If you're a member and a Full Time Traveller, Sign-In to join the Full Time Travellers Special Interest Group.

  

ACC Owners of English Vans S.I.G.

Special Interest Group of the Australian Caravan Club for Owners of English Vans

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're not yet a member of the Australian Caravan Club you can join us here.  If you're a member and owner of and English Van or Motorhome, Sign-In to join the English Van Owners Group

 

2016 ACC National Muster Registration

MUSTER INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

ACC 10th  National Muster

Shepparton Showgrounds, Shepparton, Victoria

16th – 23rd October 2016

 

Arrivals & Departure

You are encouraged to arrive BEFORE the Muster commences. Come early to enjoy what the Goulburn River Valley region has to offer!!! This will give you the opportunity to explore. The site will be open from 9am Friday 14th October and must be vacated by 12 noon Monday 24th October.

ENTRY WILL BE BY: GATE 5 on Fryers Street (Exits will be by GATE 4) also on Fryers Street

On arrival you will be guided to your site by marshals, so you can set up, and then proceed to the Muster Office to Register and receive your information pack and badges. It should be noted that all vans should be 'reversed' onto the site, with the Tow Hitch pointing outward to the road.

Note: At the National Muster, members are sited randomly - NOT by Branches.

Marshalling and Registration Office hours will be:

Friday     14th October   -   9.00am to 12 noon and 1.0pm to 4.0pm

Saturday  15th October    -   9.00am to 12 noon and 1.0pm to 4.0pm

Sunday   16th October    -   9.00am to 12 noon and 1.0pm to 4.0pm

Monday   17th October   -   1.0pm to 4.0pm

Note: The Office will not be open during  the Opening Ceremony  9.30am - 12 noon . phone - Brian Padgham 0407 596 495

If arriving outside of these times: Members contact :   Brian Padgham - 0407 596 495

                         Traders contact:     Terry Nunn    - 0419 352 582    

                         Media contact:      Derek Smith   - 0412 526 973

Muster Venue & Facilities

Shepparton Showgrounds, Bounded by: Thompson St, Archer St, Fryer Street and High St - (Midland Highway) Shepparton,  Vic.  Phone: (03) 5821 4677    

http://www.greatershepparton.com.au

All sites are level and will have power and water. There are plenty of toilet facilities and  mobile shower blocks  for men & women.

Each RV must bring the following:

  • 2 water hoses
  • 1 joiner for the 2 hoses
  • 2 way tap adaptor to fit 20mm – 25mm tap outlet
  • An additional Extension Lead for Power - with a water-proof joining cover.
  • Bucket for Grey water - There are 15 located points for disposing of grey water.
  • A Filter Sock for Grey water hoses
  • Members should bring solar lights to indicate their RV boundaries and 'obstacles'.

 

There are no washing machines and laundry facilities on site, BUT in High Street, opposite the Showgrounds is a Laundrette - open 7.00am to 9.00pm daily.

It is NOT allowed to use Matting under annexes/awnings on the grassed areas.

Please note that there is no EFTPOS facility on site however credit card payments will be accepted.

Bus Service

There is a bus service that runs along Fryers Street - every half hour - to the city centre, and a shopping mall,

Special Dietary Requirements

At communal meals/teas etc. Gluten Free options will be available, however anyone with lactose/milk special requirements must bring their own supplies.

Registrations Close

Registrations close on 31 August 2016. Late registrations may be subject to a late registration fee, at the discretion of the ACC Board.

Payment

In order to assist with muster planning and the booking of meals and activities at the muster it is requested that all muster fees are prepaid at the time of registration. However, should you be unable to pay your fees in full at the time of registration please contact the ACC Secretary phone: 1800 734 493

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Cancellations & Refunds

If a cancellation is received before 7th October 2016 registration fees will be automatically refunded. Once you are on site refunds will be at the discretion of the ACC Board and only given in exceptional circumstances such as illness or compassion.

Registration Fee

A registration fee of $30 is charged per person. This fee covers licencing, administration costs, hire of equipment, Showground facilities - including  rubbish removal, entertainment, free activities included at the muster etc.

Badges

Annual Muster Badges will be provided on arrival and must be worn at all times. Wearing your badge will help us identify our members and promote good fellowship. Please feel free to also wear your Branch ID. Members are urged to bring their own ACC lanyard or neck strap to attach the Muster Badge. Non Members are not entitled to attend “member only” events. The wearing of Badges outside of the Showgrounds can help promote the ACC to the local trade.

Gala "Black & White" Themed Dinner - 10th Anniversary celebration

  • Communal dinner - Top quality 2 course meal including, main meal, dessert, tea, coffee.
  • BYO drinks, & Knife, Fork, Spoon and Glasses, & cups/mugs.

 

Trading & Selling of Wares

Members will not be permitted to setup independently to sell their goods and/or services at the muster. For members wishing to trade or provide services the following avenues will be available to do so:

  • Stall at the Opening Sunday Food & Craft Market
  • Register as a trader so that you can trade throughout the muster. (Please complete Trade Registration Form)

 

“Stitch & Bitch” Craft Workshops

Two morning sessions have been scheduled for members to come along and learn a new skill or perhaps share skills with others. Kits will be provided at a cost between $5 and $10 per activity. Registrations for the  'Çraft of your Choice' can be made at the Muster office at the time of General Registration.

Games Competition - Boules and Finska

The games will be held over two days - Boules on one day and Finska on a separate day. To participate it will be necessary to 'register' at the Muster Office on Sunday 16th October, between 11.0am and 4.0pm.

Please note that numbers may be limited.

Conversations & Questions with the Board

To enable positive feed-back from the Board session on Thursday 20th, there will be a box in which to put your questions in the Muster Office, enabling the Board members to have some preparation.

The box will be 'closed off' on Wednesday 19th at 4.0pm.

Lead Testing

Lead Testing is available and can be done on site, if required - for which there will be a charge. Qualified electricians will be on site for two hours at a time. Days and times will be advised.

Portable Cookers

All portable 'outside' cookers, must be of an authorised manufacture. Banned portable cookers will not be allowed.

Mess Kit

If you are directed to take your  Mess kit to a" food event"  it should consist of plates, bowls, cutlery, cups/mugs and glasses.

Golf Competition

Play is a stableford event, utilizing existing AGU handicaps etc., with a shotgun start (1300) at the Shepparton  Golf Club. The Club (ACC) will coordinate the competition and prizes will be given to the winners!  You can choose to play golf, come for lunch or do both! Please car pool if you wish to drink. Drinks at Bar prices. NB. Lunch is prior to the Golf. NB. Numbers will be limited

Barefoot Bowls & Lunch

Play barefoot bowls after lunch at RSL Bowls Club. The Club (ACC) will coordinate the competition and prizes will be given to the winners!  You can choose to play bowls, come for lunch or do both! Please car pool if you wish to drink. NB. Numbers will be limited.

Bus Trips

Three different Bus Trips to explore some of the local area's places of interest; and also a 'Winery' trip.

The choice of the local trips may be made at the Muster Office at Registration time.

CPR- First Aid

The designated First Aid Room will be in the Muster Office, where the Defibrillator will be kept.

Pets

The Shepparton Showgrounds venue is pet friendly. Pets are welcome however the following rules as per the ACC Pet Policy must be adhered to whilst in attendance at the National Muster.

  • All pets must be restrained on a short leash (no longer than 2 metres) or in a cage at all times at the Muster site outside your accommodation.
  • Owners must clean up after pets.
  • Pets are not permitted in areas where food is prepared or served.
  • Pets are not permitted at indoor group gatherings or meetings.
  • Pets must not be a nuisance to any other guests at the Muster site.
  • Animals must not be left unattended either inside or outside your RV if they have a tendency to bark, squawk etc and disturb the peace.
  • Dogs that have a tendency to snap or bite should be muzzled when in public.
  • Pet owners agree to take full responsibility for any personal injury or damage caused by their pet(s) whilst within the confines of the Muster site and agree to pay for any claims of compensation in relation to the pet's activities.
  • The only exception to the above rules applies to seeing eye dogs for the visually impaired. They will be permitted in areas outlined in points 3 and 4 above.

Any complaints regarding pet behaviour should be directed to the Muster organisers.

Dog Off Leash Area

There is a dog off leash area approx. 2.5kms from the muster site, at Ducat Reserve, Patterson Road, Shepparton. (A map showing its location will be up in the Muster Office)

Dog Boarding Kennels

The are Boarding Kennels within the Shepparton area.

Enquiries

Enquiries regarding the National Muster should be directed to:

By email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by phone on 1800 734 493

Members should sign in to access the on-line National Muster Registration Form