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Wellington national meet 2012


Australian CamperTrailers
national meet at Wellington 2012



The Australian CamperTrailers Group's 8th national meet was held in the showground at Wellington, located on the New South Wales Central West Slopes & Plains, over the week from Monday 1st to Friday 5th of October 2012 & hosted by the Wellington Lions Club.    

The meet attracted around 105 camper trailers, caravans & tents with over 240 people from as far a field as South Australia, Western Australia & Tasmania. 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. Someone said it was like a sixties caravan park where the kids were safe to play with their new found friends around the campsite without danger.

When you have some of the best rain makers in the country camped in the one spot, it was no surprise to see 25mm of rain fall on the Friday night, much to the delight of the local farmers. This saw several large puddles form around the showground which gradually soaked in over the next couple of days.  As usual the campfires were the hub of the evening & a big thanks goes to the Wellington Lions for supplying the much needed firewood.

With gates opening on the Friday we had around fifty camper trailers roll in to the showground during the day in anticipation of the week to follow. Somehow we managed to fit everyone in over the next few days & even accommodated all those who needed a powered site. 

 sunday opening

Sunday evening saw the start of the week with the grand opening in the undercover area behind the grandstand. Australian CamperTrailers Group co-owner Kevin Phillips welcomed members & official guests to the 8th national meet & thanked the Wellington Council & Lions for the effort that went into the preparation before our arrival. He then went on to tell of the groups beginnings in September 2001 & how the group has grown with the present day popularity of camper trailers. Funnily enough it was this very day eleven years ago that the Yahoo Group started. 

The Wellington Shire Mayor Cr Rod Buhr, welcomed the group to town & wished all a pleasant stay pointing out some of the local sights worth looking at. He himself is a camper trailer owner. Lions Club president Duncan Chapman went on to also welcome us to Wellington & said he looked forward in helping with the cooked breakfast & money raising activities, particularly on the Wednesday community day. These much needed funds would be directed into the community where needed.

Group co-owner Rob Sanderson presented the Wellington Council Tourism, Promotions and Media Liaison officer Sharon Toynton with a certificate of appreciation & thanked her for the untiring efforts she showed in helping to make sure the national meet was a success. Carol Sanderson then gave her a small present to say thanks.

Rob 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. Being an internet based group there are subjects where the information cannot be easily exchanged through typing & this is where face to face workshops come into their own. A number of invited guests presented information workshops including Colin Hopgood from Best Water Filters, Warren Williams from Workabout Australia, Stuart Peddle from Redarc & Armin Pauza of Lithium Batteries Australia. Of course a national meet would not be the same without workshops from Jamie Hazelden & Shane Adams from Jamie's Touring Solutions, formerly Dynamic Solar Solutions.

Nominations for the person who most represents the group trophy would also be up for grabs as was the Wellington Wally's award for the most funniest or embarrassing moment over the week.

Group co-owner Jason Cox outlined the Wellington Lions & communities involvement on Wednesday's Wellington Day. The day would start with the Lions cooking breakfast followed by a number of community based stalls, a jumping castle, face painting & a snake handler. George Mavros would also once again host the hardy's Vs the softy's bolle competition. The afternoon happy hour included a book swap, sell & swap camping gear & also a kids treasure hunt. The even would finish with two local bands & an auction.  

Joy and Dave Wilkinson hosted another 'Getting to Know You' session at the end of the opening with members attending their first national meet introducing themselves.









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Wellington Times
1st October 2012
Wellington Times
4th October 2012
Wellington Times
5th October 2012

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8:00 Communal Area
Breakfast for charity cooked by the Lions



9:00 Jamie’s Camper
Solar, 12volt & batteries
Jamie Hazelden


9:00 Jamie’s Camper
Jamie Hazelden
8:00 Communal Area
Stalls by the local community
9:00 Redarc Camper
 DC-DC chargers
Stuart Peddle
9:00 Kevin & Karen's Van
Caravan Walkabout
Kevin Phillips




10:00 Bar Area
kids workshop- biscuit decorating
Alice & Michael Wookey

10:00 Caves Carpark
part one - Geological history
Dave Cook


10:00 Bar Area
kids workshop- birdfeeder making
Nathan & Rachel Earsman

10:00 Bar Area
kids workshop- finger knitting with wool
Alex & Jill Benham

11:00 Bar Area
Ladies craft & chat
Carol Sanderson


11:00 Dave Cook's Camper
Camper Walkabout
Dave Cook
8:00 Communal Area
Snake handler
11:00 Bar Area
part two - Geological history
Dave Cook
11:00 Kev & Carolyn's Camper
BabyQ cooking demo
Carolyn Davis


1:00 Colin's Camper
BEST Water Filters
Colin Hopgood
1:00 Redarc Camper
product overview
Stuart Peddle


1:00 Communal Area
Hardy's Vs Softy's
Bolle competition
George Mavros

1:00 Communal Area
Lithium batteries Australia
Armin Pauza


1:00 Communal Area
writing for magazines
Dave Thorndike
1:00 Bar Area
kids workshop- coloured sand in plastic jars
Nathan & Rachel Earsman

1:00 Bar Area
Pamper session for ladies
Carol  Sanderson


3:00 Jill's Camper
Cobb workshop
Jill Skinner
3:00 Doug & Jenny's Camper
Dreampot workshop
 Jenny Peisley

3:00 Communal Area
Happy Hour
Book Swap
Sell & Swap Camping Gear, Kids Treasure Hunt


3:00 Communal Area
Workabout Australia
Warren Williams
4:00 Communal Area
Closing Event
Rob, Kevin & Jason
Evening 7:00 Jamie’s Camper
LED lighting
Jamie Hazelden

7:00 Communal Area
Trivia Night
Dave & Jan Cook
Dave & Joy Wilkinson


7:00 Communal Area
evenings entertainment
 Wellington Town Band & Johnno


Sunday opening
Getting to Know You
Dave & Joy Wilkinson


Grand Opening
Communal Area

Spirit of the Group
a nice favour or gesture during the week
the one who best represents the group
perpetual trophy

Wellington Wallys
dob in your mate
funniest or most embarrassing moment during the week
raffle for the Wellington Lions
four laminated steel padlocks 
four plastic coated ten metre cables
Alan & Amanda Haworth