A beach party 'dress-up' communal dinner, half-day tagalong to explore the gems of the local region, morning tea at a Corindi Beach Café, dinner at the Amble Inn at Corindi Beach, and games of Finska, Toss-A-Washer, Trivia, and 'Price is Right' were some of the highlights enjoyed by our ACC Eastern Explorers at their fun-filled branch muster at ACC member benefit provider Gateway Lifestyle Lorikeet at Arrawarra near Woolgoolga last weekend.
Members of the ACC Northern Bushwhackers who were mustering at Coffs Harbour, travelled to Lorikeet to join in a delicious communal morning tea on Sunday morning.
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Members in the Coffs Harbour area are keen to form our next branch. A meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th May at Moonee Beach for anyone interested in joining the branch. If you would like to attend or can’t make it and would like to be part of the new branch please contact Graham firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are not a member of our club and live in the area, you are more than welcome to come along and learn about our club and the new branch.
If you will be travelling along the A1 between Gympie and Maryborough on Thursday 18th April then make sure you plan a stop at Tiaro for a free coffee and sausage sandwich.
Queensland Police are holding a road safety stall in Tiaro in the lead up to Easter. The aim is to encourage motorists to take a break as this is a fatigue hotspot. They will be giving out free coffee & tea, water and a sausage sizzle.
If any ACC members would like to stop for refreshments and a chat to the locals they will be very welcome. The stall will be outside the Tiaro RSL sub-branch (across from the park). You just need to look for the yellow signs (see above.)
Around 170 ACC members in 78 RVs and several cabins attended the ACC Chairman’s Muster at the Murray Bridge Marina and Caravan Park from 13th – 20th March 2019.
“During the course of the muster our members injected almost $75,000 into the Murray Bridge community and its surrounds, which represents an average spend of around $850 per RV. ACC members supported local businesses and clubs and were overwhelmed by the warm and friendly reception they received from the local community” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
Over the duration of the muster, ACC members dined out, purchased groceries, fuel and other essentials. Members also visited Willow Point winery and members were fortunate to visit ’The Bend’ Motorsport Park near Tailem Bend for a short tour of their precinct and view the wonderful display of racing cars of days gone by. A highlight was the 3 hour luncheon cruise on the Captain Proud River Boat, enjoyed by all. Another highlight was an informative talk on the history of the Murray River and the river boat trade by Captain Chris Veenstra. Other activities included self-drive trips to the township of Hahndorf and many visited the Monarto free range Zoo, the largest in the world by acreage!
“Planning for this has taken over a year and the ACC has had great support around the City” said Ralph Michod, ACC member and a Murray Bridge resident.
A special thank you goes out to Mayor Brenton Lewis and Councillors for their crucial support in making the muster a success. “ACC members have visited areas of this great City and they have been overwhelmed with the very positive feedback. This highlights that the Council and community are really working together to showcase our region.” said Ralph Michod, who was part of the local organising committee, including his wife Pat, together with Steve Evans and Barb Barty.
ACC members travelled from the four corners of the country to attend the Chairman’s muster.
The ACC would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the Rural City of Murray Bridge, the Murray Bridge business community, and the Murray Bridge Marina and Caravan Park, who were fantastic hosts, and the many other members of the local community who helped make our muster the success that it was.
“This muster has been a truly unforgettable experience. Our members who attended will return to their homes across Australia with memories formed and new friends made. The outcome from this muster proves that RVers and local communities can both realise the rewards that result when we work together.” said Chairman Craig Humphrey.
With the Murray Bridge muster behind them, the Club and its members are now looking forward to their national muster at Warrnambool in October. Our national muster is the highlight of the Club’s calendar year and Warrnambool promises to be an experience not to be missed.
Well check it out because the updated product listing now includes the UHF 18/40 van sticker. Inclusion of this item is a result of numerous requests from our membership.
The majority of our members tune to Ch 18 when travelling in a group or Tag-a-Long but with the push to establish a better relationship with the trucking industry we should also be monitoring Ch 40 (the Truckies channel) when we travel the countryside.
Check out your CB radio to see if it has a suitable scanning function so both channels can be monitored. Alternatively many members purchase a small hand-held CB to monitor CH40. Either way it is important that caravanners ‘advertise’ on the back of their van they have a UHF radio and the channels they are monitoring.
Details: Size 340mm X 200mm, Cost $15.00, Postage $3.00 for up to 4 stickers in the same order.”
The majority of talk about farmers enduring drought conditions in recent years has been a focus on NSW and SE Queensland. They are not the only ones experiencing drought conditions. Farmers on the east coast of Tasmania have been experiencing dry conditions for some time now. This prompted two long standing members of the ACC and the Tasmanian Branch – the Tassie Travellers, Bernie Barnwell and Denis Pitt, to lodge an application for funds under the ACC Drought Assistance Support program. Their application was successful and they are pleased to have been able to present a cheque for $350.00 to the Tasmanian Rural Relief Fund.
The Rural Relief Fund was established in 2000 by Rural Business Tasmania to operate a charitable fund for Tasmania’s rural community. Donations to the fund are used to support Tasmanian rural families who may be doing it tough especially at times of drought, bushfire and flood.
“100% of donations to the Fund go to Tasmanian families.” said Susan Renton, the programs manager for Rural Business Tasmania, based in Launceston. “Donated funds are provided to assist drought stricken farmers cover essential household bills as well as necessary feed and fodder for their animals. The fund is administered through an Assessment Panel who review the farmer’s application and make a determination on assistance to be provided. The funds provided by your Club will go towards helping a needy farmer with basic food products, pay an electricity bill, purchase fuel or purchase feed for their animals.” Susan Renton said.
Tassie Travellers President, Ed Glover said, “Many of our Club members may find it surprising that areas of Tasmania are in drought but this is definitely the case, especially on our east coast. Rainfall has been minimal at best and many of our farmers are doing it tough. The donation our branch was able to make to the Rural Relief Fund, due to the ACC Drought Assistance Support program will go some way in alleviating the stress our farmers on the east coast are currently experiencing.”
“This is another example of how the ACC is assisting our farmers who are doing it tough.” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey. We continue to encourage branches and members to think about how you can help out a rural family, community groups or a rural assistance body. Applications are still open, so don’t miss this opportunity. For more information and guidelines visit the ACC website and go to The Club > Club Documents > ACC Drought Assistance Support Guidelines.
The Australian Caravan Club (ACC) is proud to announce the formation of a new branch in the Shepparton region following a successful membership drive undertaken by ACC Victorian State Membership representative Derek Hale and other ACC members.
The Club’s 54th branch, the ACC Goulburn Murray Drifters, will service RVers in the Greater Goulburn Valley district and surrounding countryside taking in towns such as Shepparton, Tatura, Nagambie, Euroa, Nururkah & Kyabra.
Not wanting to waste any time the new branch members have selected Heathcote Caravan Park, for their first muster which will be held on the 1st to 4th March 2019.
An information session was held at the Shepparton RSL club last Tuesday evening. “It just goes to show the extent of interest within the area with 52 people attending our meeting” said Derek Hale. He went on to say “We had great support from other ACC branch members and by the end of the night we had 13 new ACC members signed up, 5 existing ACC members plus 1 member who had taken the opportunity to re-join the ACC. In total the new branch will kick off with 19 members”.
“Our Club is very proud to have facilitated the formation of a new branch in the Greater Goulburn Valley,” said ACC Chairman Craig Humphrey.
“The formation of the Goulburn Murray Drifters is the result of the invaluable efforts by Derek Hale and other dedicated Club members who have been working tirelessly for many weeks to make it happen. Congratulations to our branch members for a job well done. I also congratulate the members of our new ACC Goulburn Murray Drifters and its inaugural executive of Kath Eade (President), Des Graham (Secretary) and Judy Sterling (Treasurer). Just looking at the numbers who attended the information session it’s obvious there is considerable interest from RVers in the district and I look forward to watching the branch grow,” Mr Humphrey said.
Inaugural Branch President Kath Eade noted that the new membership provided numerous suggestions for upcoming musters and these will be discussed at the Heathcote Caravan Park muster. “The ACC focus is all about fun, friendship and adventure within the recreational vehicle community” said Kath Eade .
“The members can’t wait to get to their first muster and enjoy our RVs together. We invite RVers living in the Greater Goulburn Valley wishing to make enquiries about joining our new branch to contact the ACC on 1800 734 493,” Kath Eade said.