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November News & Events 2021

AUSTRALIAN 4WD & ADVENTURE SHOW PERTH

Returning to WA this year, the Australian 4WD & Adventure Show will feature the latest in 4WDs and SUVs, camping accessories, caravans, camper trailers, fishing gear, navigation and electronics, boats, adventure motorbikes and mountain bikes. With a show theme of, “Get the info, get the gear, get inspired and get out there” it promises to showcase everything you need to get exploring again as travel reopens nationwide.

The show will feature guest speakers like Geoff Lewis on remote travel and bush mechanics and Ray Cully on the future of 4WD technology, as well as Harry Fisher of Fire to Fork and Jo Clews, author of Australian Camp Oven Cooking on camp cooking. Attendees will get the chance to participate in recovery demos, meet some of the most well-known influencers in the Aussie 4WD world, and check out all the latest gear and accessories straight from the manufacturers.

We'll be attending everyday from 9am-5pm on stand 17, come on down and say hello to the team.

For more info, head to perth.4wdshow.com.au.

 

CLIMATE REALITY DEFICIT

Epson has announced the results of its Climate Reality Barometer, showing the potentially damaging gap between climate reality and people’s understanding of its catastrophic effects. 

In August 2021, the IPCC reported that, even with massive emissions reductions, some climate change events could take millennia to reverse.

Despite this, 46 per cent of all respondents are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ optimistic about humanity’s ability to avert a climate crisis within their lifetimes, compared to 27 per cent who expressed ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ pessimistic. 

Of this optimism, 32 per cent said this was due to growing public awareness, 28 percent due to the ability of science and technology to provide solutions and 19 per cent due to the move towards renewable energies. 

The top three events most associated with climate change in Australia were higher temperatures, more wildfires and declining water supplies, but the less immediate risks and events were not often acknowledged or understood, which will take longer to fix, include insect outbreaks, thawing permafrost and famine.

The survey showed global experiences and perceptions of climate change from over 15,000 consumers across Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

The results come 50 days before the commencement of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, to be held in the UK in November.

 

BLUE MOUNTAINS TOURISM RE-OPENING

The Blue Mountains is preparing for a surge in tourism now that lockdown has been removed in Sydney.

Jason Cronshaw, Blue Mountains Tourism president, said businesses are excited after the quiet the region has experienced in recent years.

“Everything’s still here — all the incredible landscapes, the fantastic experiences and the great food and wine, the charming guesthouses and grand hotels,” he said.

“In fact, they’re probably even better because everyone has used the lockdown to mousse and spruce their properties, develop new menus and create new experiences.”

Visitors are asked to plan ahead and pre-book as travellers begin to flock to the region, or try to visit outside of popular times, either by visiting midweek or dining earlier than normal.

With QR check-ins expected to stay, holidaymakers are also asked to be patient and understanding as processes change.

 

INEOS IN PLANS TO SELL THE GRENADIER WORLDWIDE

Reservations are now open to purchase the INEOS Grenadier 4X4, with agreements being made worldwide to establish up to 200 sales and service points.

The move put in action an aftersales blueprint developed by INEOS, together with Robert Bosch GmbH over the last three years.

The retail and aftersales partners will form the backbone of the service network, with the locations of these meaning customers will never be further than 50km away from an INEOS-accredited workshop. INEOS is targeting the delivery of spare parts on in stores to major markets within 24 hours. Both very ambitious plans considering our deserts and remote regions.

Mark Tennant, Commercial Director at INEOS Automotive, said INEOS is providing a full combination of digital and physical options to customers.

“Customer convenience, parts availability, service quality: we are focusing on getting the basics right, giving customers the buying experience they want and the aftersales support they need,” he said.

Deliveries of the vehicle will begin in July 2022 at a price starting at $84,500 (RRP), with INEOS planning to have 16 retail sites in operation ahead of the launch in Australia.

 

ICONIC KIMBERLEY CAMPGROUND CLOSING

The Kooljaman campground has announced with will close due to major upgrades, following one of its most successful seasons.

According to the ABC, an email was sent to operators and tourists announcing the closure, due to major upgrades needed to meet compliance standards and meet the expectations of guests.

A second email said the infrastructure around the Cape Leveque Lighthouse had begun to fail.

In a statement made to the ABC, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) rejected claims that the lighthouse and associated infrastructure had been allowed to deteriorate. 

"The iconic lighthouse, a local landmark, was extensively refurbished in 2018, and remains in excellent condition and working order," the AMSA spokesman said.

Owned by the Djarinjdin and One Arm Point communities, the closure is a for the communities, especially with the recent influx in visitors following the sealing of the Cape Leveque Road.

The campground was well known for its pindan red cliffs and clean, pristine beaches, with the communities also running an eco-wilderness experience with cultural input from Bardi Jawi locals.

The campground is currently in contact with all accommodation bookings past 1 November, which will be refunded, with all cultural tours and activities in the area still running.

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