Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 11

| upfront news FEE CAMPING DEBATE: Industry boss admits parks need to lift standards The first CEO to head Australia’s new and powerful caravan and camping industry body believes less regulation will make caravan parks more competitive and help ease tensions over the issue of free camping. Incoming Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) CEO Stuart Lamont says government red tape is making it too expensive for new caravan parks to get off the ground. However Mr Lamont also concedes more needs to be done to get more parks to lift their standards and sign up to the CIAA’s accreditation scheme. He says as few as 400 parks in Australia are accredited today – a number he believes the new organisation can double. The caravan and camping industry’s two former peak lobby groups, the CRVA (representing parks) and RVMA (representing manufacturers) are merging > continued page 12 www.bluetonguecampers.com.au 2 NE W LS DE O M Overland Elite ReaR fold campeR Overland Grand foRwaRd fold campeR Visit our website for your nearest showroom or call us on 02 8544 0976 Issue 09 Jun/Jul 2014 11