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October 26, 2012

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester spoke about the need to improve rest areas and upgrade safety on regional roads when he officially opened the Australian Caravan Club (ACA) Annual Muster at Mallacoota this week.

Up to 200 caravans from across Australia visited Mallacoota for the annual muster which has been described as a great success by local residents.

“Full credit to the Mallacoota and District Business and Tourism Association along with local ACA representatives who have worked tirelessly to bring the muster to East Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“Caravan owners from across Australia have enjoyed the opportunity to explore far East Gippsland with many indicating that they will return in the future.”

During his opening address, Mr Chester indicated that a Coalition Government would develop 500 additional rest areas throughout Australia to help improve road safety.

“The primary role of rest areas is for heavy transport operators but I believe we can do a lot more to meet the needs of recreational vehicle owners, especially when you consider that there is between 80,000 and 100,000 holiday makers on the road every day of the year,” Mr Chester said.

“In addition to rest areas there’s an urgent need for safety upgrades of regional roads including the Princes Highway which doesn’t have road shoulders in many sections, making it difficult for vehicles towing caravans or larger recreational vehicles.”

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