The Road Ahead : June 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 16 LIFESTYLE | NEWS THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2013 PUTTING THE FUN INTO FUNDRAISING Camp Quality is calling for entrants in its biggest annual fundraiser, esCarpade. Only cars aged 20 years and older can be driven in the motoring adventure, which this year follows a new route through Bundaberg, Hivesville, Dalby, Boonah, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Comboyne, Muswellbrook, Rylstone, Bathurst, Moss Vale and Wollongong. Camp Quality fundraising coordinator Monika Kodrun said people needed to enter esCarpade early to allow enough time to choose a car, make the necessary modifications and fundraise in time for the October event. "People get really excited about taking an old car and breathing new life into it, before putting it to the test on a week-long, challenging outback/off-road course," she said. Last year, esCarpade raised $1.2 million for Camp Quality, which has been bringing laughter and happiness to children and their families living with cancer for more than 25 years. To register, visit escarpade.org.au. STAYING ON TRACK IN THE OUTBACK Grey nomads and outback adventurers are the target of a campaign aimed at reducing the number of accidents on regional Queensland roads. Stay on Track Outback was created by Tambo Police Station Officer-in-Charge Dominic Richardson after he noticed a marked increase in the number of single vehicle accidents in the Charleville region during the tourism season. Unlike urban areas, the cause of those accidents didn't fall within the Fatal Five -- speed, alcohol and drugs, fatigue, not wearing a seatbelt and driver distraction. According to Sergeant Richardson, the cause was purely inexperience on the part of the drivers. In response to the increase in accidents, Sergeant Richardson developed the Stay on Track Outback initiative, which highlights the need for drivers to take extra precautions when driving in the outback and provides important road safety tips and information, including: • Drive to road conditions. • Drive within your limits. • Take care when towing. • Watch out for wildlife and livestock on the road. • Share the road safely with heavy vehicles. police.qld.gov.au/programs ECO AWARD FOR MT BARNEY LODGE Ecotourism Australia has recognised Mount Barney Lodge, in the Scenic Rim south-west of Brisbane, for its adventure and accommodation products, awarding the Queensland retreat both Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Business Certification. Ecotourism Australia is the peak body for eco certification in Australia, and aims to inspire environmentally sustainable and culturally responsible tourism. Mt Barney Lodge owner Innes Larkin said the certification would enable them to continue contributing to the conservation of the environment while at the same time help local communities. "Good tourism businesses have a responsibility to protect and preserve, as well as sustainably promote the unique natural environment they operate in and leverage off," he said. mtbarneylodge.com.au HAVE A WHALE OF A TIME Swimming with Minke whales in Queensland has been named third on a list of Australia's 100 Best Travel Secrets, compiled by a panel of travel experts for Australian Traveller magazine. Although scientists don't know much about the Minke whale, what they do know is that the mammals, which grow to about eight metres in length, love to play. Fortunately for Queenslanders, their playgrounds of choice are the Ribbon reefs north of Cairns, between May and August. Each year, only about 300 people are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to experience swimming with Minke whales.