national meet at Batlow 2013
The Australian CamperTrailers Group is now
twelve years old & with that members who once owned a camper trailer have
stepped up to a caravan. Kevin Phillips hosted a caravan walkabout. Members gave
a brief talk on what they liked about their caravan, points they didn't like &
modifications they have done or they would like to do to make camping all
that more enjoyable.
president of the Australian Camper Trailer
Manufacturers Guild gave a talk on what the guild was about & also their
aims. The AMCTG was established in 2011 as a result of poor quality
components & workmanship in many cheap imported camper trailers. The
guild is not against imports or trying in anyway to block them, however
what they are trying to do is give potential camper trailer buyers some
reassurance in buying a quality product from a genuine Australian
manufacturer. Members of the AMCTG require an engineering compliance by
a certified Australian Engineering Company to qualify.
He pointed out that some
camper trailers are advertised as Australian made, when in fact they are shipped
here as a flat pack & bolted together. Family holidays have been shattered when
the outback corrugations have found a weakness in the cheap components used
resulting in breakdowns.
damper on a
Narelle Bretherton provided the mixture for
people to experiance damper on a stick. A damper mixture was rolled onto an
aluminium 'stick' & cooked over the campfire. After the stick was removed honey
or golden syrup was poured down the middle.
Friday afternoon saw
the closing ceremony. Kevin thanked everyone for their attendance & for the
fantastic time we had over the week, the friendships formed & the positive
feeling of the event. He went on to thank the Tumit Shire Council &
the Batlow Rotary whose work behind the scenes provided the platform of
another successful national meet.
Next was the raffle
ticket draw. A big thanks once again to Alan & Amanda Haworth for donating the four
engraved locks & plastic coated lanyards as prizes.
Money raised for the Batlow Rotary through the raffle amounted to $412. The tickets were drawn
by Carol Sanderson. The winners were Bob Lynch, David Griffin, Graham Marr
& Dave Thorndike.
Rob then thanked those who had presented
workshops or activities during the week & personally gave them a certificate of
Mayor of the Tumut Shure Council, Trina
Thomson was on hand to thank the Australian CamperTrailers
Group for choosing Batlow & hoped we all had a great time, not only within
the showground, but also exploring the surrounding area.
Rotary Club president Alby Haynes
expressed his pleasure in dealing with such a great group of people. On behalf of the Australian
CamperTrailers Group Carol handed Alby the proceeds of
several fund raising activities held during the week totaling
To encourage local shopping in Batlow
members were given shopper dockets in the showbags. The dockets were signed by
the shop owner & handed to Jason & Sue to be drawn from the hat by rotary
treasurer Iola Robson. Winners were Terry
& Sandy Agland with a fire blanket & extinguisher donated by Jason & Sue Cox.
Batlow Boofheads is awarded
to the funniest or most embarrassing moment over the week. This years award goes
to Margaret Pierce who unknowingly introduced herself as Barbara. She didn't realise she had until Barbara said that is my name too. Please view
the winning entry here.
Spirit of the Group is awarded to a
person who is brought to the attention of the CamperTrailers Group co-owners for
a good hearted deed or generosity in helping others during the week long
meet. This year the award was presented to Carol Sanderson for her pleasant
nature & eagerness to help everyone. Rob presenting her with the perpetual trophy.
Please view the winning entry here.
The ashes of the Batlow national meet
fires were then added to those of Big Bertha in the urn by Mal Currey.
Kevin then announced
we had been in consultation with the town of Glen Innes in the NSW Northern
Highlands as the venue of the Australian CamperTrailers Groups' 10th national meet
to be held over the week from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th
With that Kevin
declared the 9th national meet closed & hoped to see everyone again next year
at the 10th national meet.
See ya all next year at