The tourist body looking into whether remuneration should be given to businesses affected by the Murray algae outbreak won’t be able to provide a report until later than first thought.
Murray Regional Tourism Board chief executive Mark Francis said it had anticipated having the information at the end of the month.
It’s in the hands of nature really at the momentMark Francis
But on Friday he said the authority would not be able to do an in-depth survey of businesses until after alerts had been lifted along the Murray.
“We're just doing some snapshot reporting on a top-line level at the moment,” Mr Francis said.
“We will do a full detailed assessment once the red alert comes off to get a stronger understanding of impacts across the region.
“Until we get a lot of rainfall and much colder weather, it’s not going to alter.
“It’s in the hands of nature really at the moment.”
Mr Francis said the geographical footprint the organisation was looking at encompassing went from Holbrook to Mildura-Wentworth.
“We will capture data across those regions as time goes on,” he said.
“We have had some feedback that it wasn't at Mildura-Wentworth in the Easter period.
“Now it’s extended and we have to monitor that as well.”
The tourism chief said in the meantime it had taken snapshots of individual businesses to get a profile of how different parts of the region were tracking.
He told The Border Mail information had also been gathered from visitors centres, but so far it had only a small sample size.