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.
Our Park of the Month – Murrurundi Caravan Park
If relaxing surrounded by breathtaking scenery appeals to you, then why not include a stay at Murrurundi Caravan Park as part of your travels along the New England Highway in New South Wales Upper Hunter region.
Murrurundi Caravan Park (formerly Pages River Caravan Park), settled at the base of the Liverpool Range, is almost completely surrounded by picturesque mountains.
The Park offers powered, unpowered, and drive through sites. There are also special self-contained sites where RVers with fully self-contained RVs can stay for only $5 per night. Bunkhouse, cabin and retired railway carriage accommodation is also available.
The Park is pet-friendly for RVers in their own RV or tent and one cabin at the Park is pet-friendly.
There is a fully equipped camp kitchen, a barbecue, laundry, and a fire pit in winter.
Owners Doug and Carol have been RVers themselves, have first-hand knowledge of our needs and requirements, and welcome ACC members to come and stay with them.
Murrurundi and its surrounds have a lot to offer the RVer. The local community is regarded as the arts and cultural capital of the Upper Hunter. The town, once a busy railway town, now features art galleries, interesting shops, collectables, coffee shops, a golf course and a selection of pubs.
The town is well-known for its thoroughbred horse studs and in February, hosts the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge.
Murrurundi Caravan Park offers all ACC members a 10% discount off their accommodation (excluding self-contained sites) and proudly displays an ACC RVSTAY sign at the entrance. Just look for our bright yellow sign as you head North through the town. The park is also a member of Kui Parks.Don’t forget to include a stay with Doug and Carol at the Murrurundi Caravan Park in your next trip on the New England Highway. The Park can be found at 11 Bernard Street, Murrurundi NSW. Bookings can be made by telephoning 02 6546 6288.
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.
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.”
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.
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.