Did you know that membership of the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) brings with it the opportunity to enjoy the friendship of like-minded people at one of our many musters or tagalongs held by branches throughout the country?
We have a new Branch in Toowoomba – ACC Toowoomba Trekkers
The Australian Caravan Club is proud to announce the formation of a new branch in the Toowoomba region following a “Meet and Greet” afternoon tea last Sunday at the Toowoomba home of members Dave and Cheryl.
The afternoon was organised by Lawrence and Peta Pearce of the Lockyer Valley RVers, the branch many of the members joined after last year’s Toowoomba Caravan Expo.
Dennis Mulholland (Membership Support Qld) and Lawrence communicated to the members, the many advantages of having a local branch. 26 members representing 14 units completed a Form a Branch form before a meeting was called to elect a committee and decide on a name for the new branch – ACC Toowoomba Trekkers.
Congratulations to all the members of the ACC Toowoomba Trekkers and their committee Jon Schultz (President) Brendan Kiernan (Secretary) and David Williams (Treasurer). A big thank you to Dave, Cheryl, Lawrence, Peta and Dennis for all their help.
Notes from the Board
by Craig Humphrey, Chair
Hi and Happy New Year to you all!
Well the year is no more than 3 weeks old and your Board and Club officials have already been hard at work on 2 major initiatives.
Our deputy Chairman Tom, Board member Graham and wife Kaye Christie, and policy team members Graeme Tree and John Snell have been leading the Club’s first move into working directly with local government on the needs and wants of the RV traveller. Tom has worked tirelessly with the Liverpool Plains Shire Council for over a year through RVSTAY. Now the Club has conducted 3 workshops with local business in the Shire. This is a significant milestone and has been an outstanding success - more on this later in the Notes.
There has also been a great effort by members Dennis Carstairs and Derek Hale in supporting a community policing initiative in Victoria. The members attended two days of government agencies working on the highway with passing RVers on unit weights and other matters. The results were outstanding and thanks to Dennis and Derek for both supporting and professionally representing the Club in what I think might have much broader implications for road safety in the future.
As active, has been the response to the initial 2017 Chairman's Muster in Kingaroy from 9 March 2017 to 14 March 2017. I have received over 80 expressions of interest to date. I luckily have a great support team and thanks to ACC member Terry Ryan for offering and providing great assistance to me over the last 3 months. For those who have contacted me, you should now have received a registration form so we can confirm numbers and commit to the businesses that we are supporting in and around Kingaroy. There is still plenty of time to register but I do encourage members to get in quick.
You may have noticed a new catch cry that that has been slowly released through your Board and Club Officials - Australian Caravan Club…where Friendships and Adventure begin.
I have previously mentioned that your Board has been working on some exciting initiatives to be launched this year. The slogan for a major initiative resulted from the Futures Forum work at the National Muster and a workshop staged in December where your directors and a number of Club officials worked on a campaign style approach to marketing and membership for this year. The slogan above seeks to engage existing and new members to make the most from our Club. Further details of the initiative will be released in March, although sneak previews have been available through a number of Facebook postings over the last 3-4 weeks.
On this it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the effort from your Marketing and Communications Director - Lynne Friis - for the outstanding efforts she has been making to improve the style, content and frequency of information available through the Website and Facebook page. This is being noticed in the industry where the Chief Executive of the Caravan Council of Australia - Colin Young recently commented - "I must compliment the ACC on its excellent informative website and its activities." The impact is also being noticed through the Facebook page where Lynne and the page administrator Jenny Beausang have worked some magic and increased our followers from 500 to over 1500 in less than 5 months. The Club is being noticed.
To further cement this and support members in accessing benefits from RV related businesses your Board has engaged Kim Gladman for 12 months to work on enhancing our contact and support to you and the suppliers.
So in this short period there has been activity all over Australia and we are truly a club for all RV's.
So as always please remember that the strength of the Club is in its members and till next time, travel safely.
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Following the success of two further and final RV Industry Workshops presented by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) yesterday for the Liverpool Plains Shire business community, the workshops have been proclaimed as the strengthening of the relationship between businesses on the Liverpool Plains and RVers visiting the area, by ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
The final two RV Industry Workshops held at Quirindi Racecourse yesterday morning, and at Spring Ridge Community Hall last night, complemented the first workshop held on Tuesday night.
“When the Liverpool Plains Shire Council invited the ACC to present an RV-Friendly Business Seminar aimed at local business and the community and focussing on how to capture the burgeoning RV market, we welcomed the opportunity,” said Mr Humphrey. “Over 24 and 25 January, we have presented three workshops.”
“I can only describe the workshops as nothing less than the strengthening of the relationship between businesses on the Liverpool Plains and RVers visiting the area.”
“In fact, the workshops proved far more successful than we, the ACC, ever imagined they would be.”
The workshops commenced with a presentation with discussion topics including awareness-raising of the value of the RV industry to regional communities, how communities and individual businesses can encourage RVers to visit, and opportunities for business to access the burgeoning RV market.
“The workshops were professionally presented, and a number of our club members put in a tremendous effort to ensure their success.”
“On behalf of our club, I take this opportunity to thank our deputy chairman Tom Smith, club director Graham Christie, and club official John Snell from our Policy and Town Support Committee for what can only be described as excellent work in developing and presenting these workshops. Some of our presenters had to travel hundreds of kilometres to the Liverpool Plains.”
“Their spouses Sandra, Kaye and Kathy must also be thanked for their support.”
On completion of the Spring Ridge seminar last night, deputy chairman Tom Smith said, “The Spring Ridge community were particularly interested in ways of encouraging RVers to spend more time at their freedom camp. The longer RVers stay, the more RVers will spend economically supporting local businesses.”
“Following the success of the Liverpool Plains RV Industry Workshops, the ACC is happy to engage in discussions with other local authorities about undertaking similar presentations to their businesses and local community,” Mr Humphrey said.
The launch of RV Industry Workshops by the Australian Caravan Club (ACC) was a winner last night with more than 20 members of the Liverpool Plains Shire business community attending at the Quirindi Racecourse for the first of three workshops to be held in the Liverpool Plains Shire, ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey said today.
Three industry workshops are now being presented to members of the Liverpool Plains Chamber of Commerce and business community by the ACC. The workshops are supported by the Liverpool Plains Shire Council.
The first workshop was held last night at the Quirindi Racecourse. A second workshop is planned for tonight at the Spring Ridge Community Hall. Due to demand, a third had to be added to the schedule.
“More than 20 people attended the RV Industry Workshop last night at the Quirindi Racecourse,” said Mr Humphrey. “The workshop proved to be a real winner for both the business and RV community.”
“We have received some very positive feedback from attendees,” said ACC Deputy Chairman Tom Smith who has been on the ground in Quirindi with members of the Club’s Policy and Town Support Team.
“In fact the demand for the workshops has been so great, that we have had to increase the number of workshops from two to three with a third one held this morning for those who were unable to get to last night’s workshop due to work and other commitments.”
The workshop commenced with a presentation with discussion topics including awareness-raising of the value of the RV industry to regional communities, how communities and individual businesses can encourage RVers to visit, and opportunities for business to access the burgeoning RV market. It concluded with a Question and Answer session.
“All ACC members in attendance were involved in the Question and Answer segment and a lot of good conversation and feedback was enjoyed over refreshments.”
“It was also humbling to have the Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor Cr Andrew Hope, thank the ACC and me personally for all that we have done in helping the LPSC,” said Mr Smith.
“The objects of the ACC are aimed at promoting the use of recreational vehicles and the RVing lifestyle throughout Australia for the benefit of its members. These industry workshops are part of what the ACC is all about,” Mr Humphrey said.
Travelling down the Hume Highway soon and have a liking for chocolate, railway museums, haunted houses or a round of golf, then why not stay for two nights at the low cost Junee Golf Club Campground?
The Junee Golf Club Campground has joined the list of accommodation providers offering discount to Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members with special rates for our members staying for two nights.
The Junee Golf Club Campground offers ACC members special rates of $5.00 per night for unpowered sites, and $15.00 per night for powered sites (a discount of $5.00 per night off the standard rate) for a minimum stay of two nights. There is a maximum stay of five nights. ACC members must show their current ACC membership card when booking in.
The campground has town water and flat grassed sites. Golf is available ‘almost anytime’ with 18 grass greens and there is a bike/walking path to the Junee town centre.
The Golf Club facilities are available during trading hours and toilets are accessible 24 hours a day. There is a dump point at the Laurie Daley Oval entrance.
Pets are permitted but must be kept under control, and large numbers of pets per RV are not encouraged.
Junee attractions include the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, Monte Cristo (the haunted house), Junee Roundhouse Museum, Broadway Historical Museum and Ray Warren statue so there’s plenty to do in and around town.
The Golf Club offer a package of two days unlimited golf for two players for $140 including a cart, and $80 excluding a cart. The cost of accommodation is additional to the package price.
The Junee Golf Club Campground is located at 2 Golf Avenue, Junee.