Corowa Caravan Park to reopen Thursday after recovery from floods

More than 80 per cent of the Corowa Caravan Park was inundated in September, but after an invested community clean-up effort the park will reopen on Thursday.

More than 80 per cent of the Corowa Caravan Park was inundated in September, but after an invested community clean-up effort the park will reopen on Thursday.

The Corowa Caravan Park will reopen on Thursday after a massive recovery effort from flooding that inundated more than 80 per cent of the site in September.

Owner Don Ayres said an intensive community effort meant the park would not miss out on accommodating seasonal holiday-makers.

“We’ve got a way to go … there’s been a lot of cleaning and we’ve replaced mirrors in amenities,” he said.

“In our park, there would be $80,000 in our damages and for people onsite … but we’ll get there.”

Don and his wife, Cheryl, will hand over the keys to a Melbourne couple in coming months after 11 years at the helm.

“When the flood hit, we thought that sale would fall through, but these people really loved the park,” he said.

“We’re going to lose a percentage of our annuals after the floods but we do have new people coming in.

“Were fairly heavily booked in sites – we still have some left but that will start to fill up soon.”

Mr Ayres will be attending the Murray River Action Group’s AGM on Wednesday evening in Howlong.

“We’re hoping there’s going to be some conversations with the people affected in the park,” he said.

“They’re still asking questions about why it happened.”

MRAG chairman Richard Sargood said the group was still “looking at every option available”.

“That includes the possibility of legal action if there’s any appetite for people to go down that path,” he said.

“In talking with the MDBA since the event, there is the possibility of us gaining more airspace if the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is prepared to underwrite that airspace.

“It is a possibility and we are committed to meeting with the basin officials committee in the first quarter of next year.”

Mr Sargood said Wednesday would be the final meeting for the year.

“As soon as everybody gets a chance to settle down, we’ll revisit everything and make a decision from there,” he said.

“Everybody is getting on with it but there are considerable losses.

“We’re a resilient bunch … we’ll get on with it and make it work somehow.”

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