- Published: 16 March 2017 16 March 2017
South Burnett Region Receives Economic Boost from RV Club Muster
Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members injected over $50,000 into the economy of Kingaroy and its surrounds over the five days of the Club’s Chairman’s muster held at the Kingaroy Showgrounds from 9 to 14 March 2017, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.
96 RV units representing almost 200 ACC members attended the Chairman’s muster, at the same time supporting local businesses and spending money on accommodation, fuel, groceries, dining out, sightseeing and alcohol.
“Our members completed expense sheets so we could keep a tally of the amount of money spent,” Mr Humphrey said. “It averaged out that over the five days, each RV unit spent somewhere between $500 to $550 in the region with a total spend overall of around $51,000.”
“This shows that towns and localities that can attract RVers, can really benefit economically from the RV community.”
Also benefiting from the Chairman’s muster will be Lifeflight which is to receive the proceeds of a raffle for a week’s cabin accommodation at Lake Boondooma or Yallakool Caravan Parks donated by the South Burnett Regional Council and won by ACC member Jo Meier.
“$550 was collected from the raffle and I will be personally visiting Kingaroy to hand over a donation cheque to Lifeflight for this amount,” said Mr Humphrey. “Special thanks must go to the South Burnett Regional Council for donating this great prize.”
“On behalf of the ACC, I would like to extend special thanks to the Kingaroy Showground Society, South Burnett Regional Council, local businesses and service clubs, and to the South Burnett community at large for being such fantastic hosts to us during our stay in the region. We all felt so welcome.”
Over the five days of the muster, ACC members visited the Endeavour Foundation Biscuit Factory, had a night visit to the Kingaroy Observatory, had morning tea at Mulanah Gardens, attended the South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park festival, visited other tourist attractions, and dined out in the Kingaroy area.
The ACC’s next Chairman’s muster is scheduled to take place at Peak Hill, New South Wales from 18 to 23 May 2017.“We will also be staging our 2017 National Muster which will attract around 400 members in 200 RV units at Bingara, New South Wales in October,” said Mr Humphrey.
- Published: 16 March 2017 16 March 2017
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.”
- Published: 15 March 2017 15 March 2017
Club Chairman Launches Target 500 Campaign
Increasing membership by at least 500, recruitment incentives, and raising public awareness of the Australian Caravan Club, are key features of a Target 500 campaign announced by our Club Chairman Craig Humphrey at the Kingaroy Chairman’s muster last weekend.
Mr Humphrey made these announcements while addressing Club members at a dinner at the Chairman’s muster.
“We are the Australian Caravan Club – the Club for ALL RVers,” Mr Humphrey said. “We are the Club where Friendships and Adventure begin.”
“I would like to announce that your Board has approved a membership recruitment and retention campaign which we are calling Target 500.”
“A key component of Target 500 is the raising of public awareness of our Club. You may have already noticed increased activity to raise the profile of our Club on our Facebook page, website, and out in the news media at large.”
“For the duration of this campaign, we will be using the slogan – Australian Caravan Club…where Friendships and Adventure begin. Wherever possible, I encourage branches and members to use this slogan in any official Club activity.”
“The campaign will run from 1 May 2017 to 1 May 2018 and I encourage all members of our Club to become involved in what I am sure everyone will find to be an exciting venture. By the end of Target 500 on 1 May 2018, it is intended that our Club membership will have increased by at least 500 RV units.”
An incentive of Target 500 is that any current members who recruit a member will receive a $25 fuel voucher for each new member signed. Board members are exempt.
“To be eligible for the $25 fuel voucher, the membership application form whether completed in print form or online must show the membership number of the referring member who has recruited them, in the place provided on our Club’s application form. If this is not done, we will have no way of linking the new club membership with the referring member.”
“While Target 500 does not officially start until 1 May, it has been agreed to honour sign ups from 26 February when your Board made the decision.”
Mr Humphrey said that Target 500 supporting material including new branch banners, beer coasters, magnetic car signs, and bumper stickers will be made available to branches for use during the campaign.
“A lot of work is also being done to increase member benefits to attract new members, and encourage membership retention.”
“The more members we have, the more influence we will have when lobbying caravan manufacturers and all levels of government for the betterment of ALL RVers,” Mr Humphrey said.
- Published: 12 March 2017 12 March 2017
Hair nets were donned by our members attending the Kingaroy Chairman's muster on their visit to the Endeavour Foundation Biscuit Factory.
Members were shown the processes involved in making their biscuits. Jam drops was the flavour of the day. Coleslaw is also made at the factory. Products of jams, slices, cakes, chutneys, relishes) are shipped across mostof Queensland and into other States. They are also sold to supply long distance trains.
- Published: 11 March 2017 11 March 2017
First up today at our Kingaroy Chairman’s muster was a First Timer’s Morning Tea for our members attending their first Chairman’s muster. This was well attended and it was a great social morning and enjoyed by all who went. Our Chairman Craig certainly gave everyone a big welcome.
- Published: 11 March 2017 11 March 2017
Our Kingaroy Chairman’s Muster is now in full swing with 200 of our Club members now settled into the Kingaroy Showgrounds.
Our Chairman Craig and Membership Support Director Graham welcomed South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr Keith Campbell to Happy Hour on Friday. Addressing our members at Happy Hour, Cr Campbell thanked our Club for choosing Kingaroy and the South Burnett region for the muster. The Council and local chamber of commerce are really appreciating our business.
We are thankful to the Council for donating a raffle prize of one week’s stay in a cabin at Lake Boondooma or Yallakool Caravan Parks. We will be donating all raffle prize money from the muster to Lifeflight.
- Published: 08 March 2017 08 March 2017
Towing safely was on the minds of the East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies branches of our Club when they ran a ‘tug and van’ weigh-in muster at Mallacoota, Victoria last weekend. Victorian Police and Vic Roads representatives attended to weigh in the rigs.
Members attending loaded up their RVs to full capacity as if they were going on an extended trip rather than just a few days for a branch muster. Generators were loaded, and water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity.
On the Friday afternoon of the muster, 20 tugs and vans were weighed in five areas – Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM), Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM), Gross Combined Mass (GCM), ball weight, and Gross Trailer Mass (GTM). This was followed by a two hour Question and Answer segment on the Saturday morning.
While some of our members’ vans failed to meet their legal weights in one or more areas, for most, all that is required is a reconfiguration of how they carry their load. The exercise was a public relations / educational exercise by Victorian Police and Vic Roads, and no infringement notices were issued for tugs or vans.
Members left the muster with a far better understanding of towing weights. All attending considered the exercise was well worthwhile.
Not only is towing overweight illegal, but it can cause an accident. It could also void a claim under your insurance policy. We encourage all RVers who have not had their tugs and vans weighed recently to do so when departing on your next trip, fully loaded and with water tanks and gas bottles filled to capacity. You may be as surprised as many of our members were at Mallacoota.
The Australian Caravan Club would like to extend special thanks to our members Derek Hale and Dennis Carstairs for their work in organising this event, to the Victorian Police, to Vic Roads, and to the many members of East Gippsland Roadrunners and Gippsland Gypsies who participated.