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Caravan World Issue 582

Caravan World is the definitive guide that gives caravanners the know-how and confidence to pursue their touring dreams. At its heart, Caravan World is committed to enabling caravan travel in Australia, through informed testing of RV products, helpful tips and advice and showcasing great destinations and activities.

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3 min.
jane hutchinson

Call it a baptism of fire, or a stroke of exquisite timing. I had been at the Caravan World editor’s desk just two days before I was whisked up to the twin towns of Echuca Moama on the mighty Murray River to experience the excitement and the passion of one of the biggest caravanning events of the year, AL-KO Best Aussie Vans 2018. There in one place, I was able to get up close and personal with nine of the very best caravans available on the Australian market today. From the $200,000-plus carbon-fibre-clad offroad beast that is the fully-optioned Zone RV, to the budget friendly, family focused JB Marlin, I was able to see first-hand the enormous innovation, craftsmanship and design smarts that go into making the country’s top vans. I also…

2 min.
child pedestrian safety campaign launches in caravan parks

A pedestrian safety campaign aimed at keeping children safe during the school summer holidays is launching this December. The Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation, founded by Michelle McLaughlin in memory of her four-year-old son, Tom, who tragically died in a pedestrian accident at a holiday park, is launching its campaign ‘It’s Holiday Time: Slow Down, Kids Around’. The campaign, along with the ‘Hold my Hand’ message, is being promoted in Caravan Parks, where a mix of roadways and recreational areas can be confusing for children. The campaign will target all road users including drivers, child pedestrians, and accompanying adults. Michelle says the campaign’s mission is to educate and protect child pedestrians from the ever-present danger associated with roadways and motor vehicles. She vividly remembers the moment she lost Tom in a pedestrian road accident in…

1 min.
australia’s fisheries deemed sustainable

Consumers can be sure their Australian seafood is sustainably sourced, according to a report released in September. The ‘2018 Fisheries Status Reports’, conducted by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics, revealed that for the fifth consecutive year Australia’s Commonwealth-managed fisheries are sustainable, and no fisheries are subject to overfishing. Seafood Industry Australia CEO Jane Lovell said: "Australia’s professional fishers care about the marine environment and we understand the need to protect and ensure the long-term sustainability of fish stocks. "We acknowledge that internationally there are some fisheries which are not as well managed as ours, but Australia’s professional fishers should not be penalised for international issues, or painted with the same brush, when our local stocks are so well managed. "Australia's commercial fisheries generate billions of dollars for our economy and for…

2 min.
beach litter-related injuries on the rise in nz

Litter-related injuries on New Zealand’s famous beaches are on the rise, according to a report published in November. The report revealed that litter on the nation’s beaches poses an increased safety risk to beachgoers and, while more than 800,000 international and local tourists visit its beaches each year, general understanding of the hazards posed by litter is poor. Lead Researcher and Chevron Harry Butler Chair of Biosecurity and Environment Science, Marine Campbell said: “Marine debris and beach litter is an unrecognised but pervasive hazard to people of all ages, with a specific risk posed to young children. “This has rarely been explored globally, and never in New Zealand. “Human use of marine environments is increasing on an annual basis, with specific growth of recreational and tourism activities focused on beaches. “Unfortunately, this increasing use is…

1 min.
isuzu ute celebrates 10 years in australia

Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) is celebrating its 10th birthday since its founding in 2008. Brisbane-based IUA introduced the first one-tonne D-MAX Isuzu ute to the Australian market in October 2008. A subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation, IUA has sold 140,000 vehicles here since 2008, making this the largest export market from the company’s Thailand factory. The distributor recorded nine consecutive years of double-digit growth at the end of 2017, with its dealer network growing from 38 to 140. IUA managing director Mr Hiro Kuramoto said: “We continue to be humbled by the Australian response to our products.” An IUA spokesperson said: “With over 140 authorised IUA outlets across Australia, and a reputation for delivering real reliability, the Isuzu machine shows no sign of waning — and with a customer base of fans, the only…

2 min.
acc rebukes kershaw gardens camping ban

Australian Caravan Club (ACC) chairman Craig Humphrey has criticised the recent ban of free overnight camping at Kershaw Gardens in Rockhampton. The criticism follows a ruling by the Environment and Planning Court on November 16, that declared camping illegal at Kershaw Gardens. The court ordered that all overnight stays must cease on February 15, 2019. The ban had been proposed by the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland and upheld by the court. But the ACC's Mr Humphrey said the ruling was likely to have an adverse impact on tourism in regional and rural Queensland, traditionally popular destinations for interstate tourists escaping the southern winter. “Many southern grey nomads may wipe Queensland off their winter destinations and will stop at the border or head to SA and up the Centre,” he warned. “Queensland communities will lose the…