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Wilcannia tourism still recovering from floods

Margaret Paul, Monday November 12, 2012 - 08:17 EDT

The manager of the Wilcannia Caravan Park says he is still cleaning up from flooding that forced the park to close for more than a year.

The riverside park reopened in September after heavy flooding in the Darling River saw much of the park underwater.

Manager, Steve Ross, says cleaning up since the flooding has been a big task.

"It was very dramatic, it took us nearly six weeks to clean up the whole area," he said.

"It's still improving because there was more than an inch and a half of grey clay deposited in the park, so that brought down weed seeds and everything and actually killed all the grass."

Manager Steve Ross says there have been nearly 200 caravans in the park since it opened.

He says he is hoping word of mouth will help overcome some of the problems the town has had attracting tourists.

"Everyone has walked away very very happy, and told us stories about stupid things people have said up the road - 'don't camp in Wilcannia' and all this," he said.

"And actually, they've gone back to people and said, 'well, you're wrong, and actually the Wilcannia camping ground is the most beautiful spot'."


© ABC 2012

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