Australian Caravan Club thanks Murray Bridge for successful muster

Around 170 Australian Caravan Club (ACC) members in 78 RVs and several cabins attended the ACC Chairman's Muster at the Murray Bridge Marina and Caravan Park from March 13-20.

During the course of the muster, ACC members injected almost $75,000 into the community and its surrounds, an average spend of around $850 per RV, chairman Craig Humphrey said.

"ACC members supported local businesses and clubs and were overwhelmed by the warm and friendly reception they received from the local community," he said.

Over the duration of the muster, ACC members dined out, purchased groceries, fuel and other essentials.

Members also visited Willow Point winery and The Bend Motorsport Park for a short tour of their precinct and to view racing cars from days gone by.

Another highlight was a three-hour luncheon cruise on the Captain Proud river boat, enjoyed by all, and an informative talk on the history of the Murray River and the river boat trade by Captain Chris Veenstra.

Other activities included self-drive trips to the township of Hahndorf and visits to the Monarto free-range zoo, the largest in the world by acreage.

ACC member and Murray Bridge resident Ralph Michod said planning for the event had taken more than a year, and had had great support around the city.

He thanked Mayor Brenton Lewis and Murray Bridge's councillors for their "crucial" support in making the muster a success.

"ACC members have visited areas of this great city and they have been overwhelmed with the very positive feedback," he said.

"This highlights that the council and community are really working together to showcase our region."

The other members of the organising committee were his wife Pat, Steve Evans and Barb Barfy.

The ACC expressed its sincere appreciation and thanks to the Rural City of Murray Bridge, the business community, the Murray Bridge Marina and Caravan Park, and the many other members of the local community who helped make the muster the success it was.

Prizes donated by local businesses allowed a raffle to raise more than $1000, which will be donated to Murray Bridge Community Centre.

"This muster has been a truly unforgettable experience," Mr Humphrey said.

"Our members who attended will retum to their homes across Australia with memories formed and new friends made.

"This muster proves that RVers and local communities can both realise the rewards that result when we work together."

The club and its members are now looking forward to their national muster at Warrnambool in October.

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