past events

Ganmain national meet 2016


Australian CamperTrailers
national meet at Ganmain 2016



The Australian CamperTrailers Group's 12th national meet was held in the Ganmain Showground, sixty kilometres northwest of Wagga Wagga on the New South Wales Riverina, over the week from Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2016. 

The meet attracted ninety-four camper trailers, caravans & tents with over two-hundred & seventeen people from as far a field as the South Australia, Victoria, Queensland & Western Australia. It was great to see such a diverse group of people attending, from young couples, families, retirees to grandparents with their grandkids, all enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded people.

This years national meet was the dampest held to date with the wettest winter in the region for sixty years, however with the amount of rain in the surrounding districts we were lucky that the showground was high enough not to be flooded & the week cancelled. The ground was saturated from months of constant rain & it didn't take much more to turn the ground soggy again.  

A big thanks goes to the Ganmain Showground Trust for supplying the much needed firewood to keep us warm during the cold evenings. The new amenities in the showground were only just being completed as members arrived thanks to a grant. They did well seeing they had to work in the rainy conditions during the weeks beforehand to make sure it was completed in time.

 sunday opening

Sunday evening saw the start of the week with the grand opening in the showground sheep pavilion due to the inclement weather. Kathleen opened the proceedings by ringing her birthday bell. Kevin Phillips welcomed members & went on to tell of the groups beginnings in September 2001 & how the group has grown to the present day, owing to the popularity of camper trailers. The now has three medias for members to exchange tips, tricks & travel information, the long running Yahoo Group, a Forum & a Facebook Group.

The Coolamon Shire Council Mayor John Seymour welcomed the Australian CamperTrailers Group & wished all a pleasant visit to the region. Stephen Hatty from the Ganmain Showground Trust hoped members enjoyed their stay & went on the thank the group for choosing Ganmain & in particular the showground as the venue for our 12th national meet. Roy Hatty from the Ganmain Mens Shed spoke on behalf of their members also wished everyone an enjoyable stay.

Rob Sanderson went on to outline the itinerary for the week with workshops held by members on a variety of subjects relating to camper trailers & camping in general.

Jason Cox outlined the events happening on Wednesday's Ganmain Day. The day would start with the Ganmain Mens Shed cooking breakfast followed by a number of community based stalls in the main street, ending with an evening ghost tour of the town. 

Joy and Dave Wilkinson finished the opening by hosting a 'Getting to Know You' session with members attending their first national meet introducing themselves.

The Australian CamperTrailers Group's 12th national meet was declared officially open.





















the week