Caravan Industry calls for cabin accommodation exemption


Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) is calling on State Governments to review sweeping orders in some states forcing caravan park closures that will see self-contained cabin accommodation ideally suited for the management of the spread of COVID-19 sit empty.

Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia, said that caravan parks located in most rural and regional centres provide valuable and appropriate accommodation options for essential workers and yet these are being unnecessarily shut down, costing jobs and livelihoods.

"There are very clear instructions from various Governments looking to stop the rapid rise of COVID-19 and to protect the public from community transmission.  This is something as an industry we are committed to, and can put measures in place to address this," Mr Lamont said.

"We support the need for swift action, but in the haste, public policy has not accounted for the unique and diverse accommodation options available within caravan parks."

Caravan parks in many cases make most of their revenue from cabin accommodation.  Cabins are as self-contained as accommodation comes; they have ensuites, kitchens and independent air-conditioning systems.  

In many cases they resemble homes rather than studios which are commonplace amongst other forms of accommodation, with multiple living spaces, and that is why they are the accommodation of choice for many contracted workers undertaking important work in regional communities.

"Unlike hotels and motels which in some jurisdictions have been allowed to continue operating, there are no shared hallways or elevators. Caravan parks are generally spacious gated communities within nature, where you can park directly alongside your cabin – they are ideal for self-isolation," Mr Lamont said.

Australia's tourism industry has been crippled by the summer bushfires, and COVID-19 has dealt the industry an even more devastating blow.

The majority of caravan park businesses are owned by Australian families, and this directive will see many of these businesses close, putting so many regional Australians out of jobs – unnecessarily.

"While we understand that many industries are suffering due to necessary restrictions, this decision has been made without a proper understanding of what a caravan or holiday park actually is."

"Along with cabins, these parks also provide a safe space for motorhomes and caravans which have on-board bathroom and cooking facilities, and without the need for common amenities.  There are estimated nearly 80,000 caravanners on the road across Australia right now and through closing caravan parks these people will be forced to find public places to park their vans and unreasonably travel from place to place, with no way of knowing where they've come from, where they're going or who they've been in contact with.  This is completely contrary to the health objectives that Governments are trying to achieve."

"There's also a strange contradiction occurring with State Governments – we've seen a surge in demand from departments making cabin bookings for patients, staff and clients while the very same agencies are trying to shut us down," said Stuart.

"Caravan Industry Association of Australia is appealing to Governments to provide clarification that self-contained accommodation within caravan parks be permissible within current restrictions. For tens of dozens of tourism operators, this determination will be the difference between weathering this storm and being forced to close their business permanently."

There are estimated to be 13,500 cabins in NSW parks, 7,500 cabins in VIC parks and 750 cabins in Tasmanian parks, all of which will be de-commissioned as a result of the new rules. These cabins alone could provide vital self-isolation accommodation to Australians during this unprecedented time.

"We absolutely support and agree that non-essential travel should not occur at this time, however for accommodating essential travellers, as well as providing appropriate and managed accommodation for those already on the road and unable to get home, caravan parks have the record keeping ability and social distancing practices to be a practical part of the solution, not accentuating the problem."

"This is consistent with the Federal Government's objective of keeping people in work wherever possible and the national cabinet's determination to manage the health and economic fall out concurrently."

The Victorian, New South Wales and Tasmanian Governments have directed caravan parks to close to all except permanent residents and those with no place of residence.

Australian Government Automotive and Aerospace Business Business & Economy Coronavirus COVID-19 Tourism Tourist Accommodation Travel & Transport

Privately Submitted Article or Event :
See Above Article or Event for Address, Sunshine Coast Wide
Privately Submitted Article or Event
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
New Morrison Govt initiatives a major fillip for regional communities, says ALGA 30 September 2020 | The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed new Federal Government support for regional and remote communities hard-hit by Covid-19, drought, and last summer's bushfires. More information...
La Nina confirmation a cause for concern with more than 30% of the 2020 sugarcane harvest remaining 30 September 2020 | With a third of 2020’s estimated 30.9 million tonnes of sugarcane yet to be harvested and processed into raw sugar, Australia’s sugar millers are keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts. More information...
Start your Sport Australia Media Awards entries now 30 September 2020 | Entries are open for the prestigious Sport Australia Media Awards and early nominations are encouraged to avoid missing out. More information...
Boating when you don't have a boat 29 September 2020 | Boating without a boat in Australia has never been a problem for Aussies. The practice of boating has been long associated with the outdoor loving nature of our culture. Across our country, people of all ages... More information...
Boating & Sport – a marriage made in heaven 28 September 2020 | With the wonderful waterways on offer you can understand why more that 20 percent of all Aussies engage in some form of boating annually. Almost one in five households have a boat or watercraft. Adding to the... More information...
Sunshine Coast continues to pull a property crowd despite COVID-19 28 September 2020 | "The region is only 100km from Brisbane, meaning they can enjoy the quiet life while potentially still being only an hour two's drive from the hustle and bustle of a big city and all it has to offer. More information...
Family Boating – "the family that plays together really does stay together" 27 September 2020 | Australians have an inherent passion for the outdoors and it is understandable given the magnificent country we have. As the largest island in the world, our access to the ocean, bays and rivers is significan... More information...
Boating is Good for you 25 September 2020 | The benefits of recreational boating have been assumed for decades and now through some interesting and compelling work, it has been proven that boating is good for you. More information...
Dentist's message in a bottle: alcohol harms your mouth too 24 September 2020 | Having a couple of glasses of wine at home every evening may sound harmless during these troubled times – but the nation's pandemic drinking habits are potenially setting us up for serious oral health issues... More information...
Recreational Boating is a favourite pastime for millions of Australians 25 September 2020 | With more than 85 per cent of the population living within 50km of the coast, it is estimated that more than 20 per cent of all Australians engage in some form of boating annually and that almost 1 in 5 households... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service