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Sunday Herald Sun, March 6, 2011

It's business as usual in the Murray River area as tourist destinations wait anxiously for visitors, writes Angela Saurine

TOURISM operators on the Murray River have made a desperate plea for people to visit the area over Easter after a downturn in business due to misconceptions stemming from media coverage of the Victorian floods.

Tourism heads in Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura say while the tourism experience was not affected by the floods, many people are still reluctant to travel to the area.
Echuca Moama Tourism director of tourism Simon Latchford said tourism was down about 40 per cent at the end of the school holidays following coverage of the floods but was slowly starting to bounce back.

"We need this to be a very good Easter," he said. "People thought that the whole of
regional Victoria went under water, which is completely untrue. "The middle of Echuca was business as usual.

"The only difference is that after months of record rain we have the colour green here now, which is very exciting. . . "Everything looks so much better. Barma Wetlands is looking like a wetlands, the sheep are fat and there's not a dam between here and
Melbourne that's not full." Swimming and skiing on the Murray River is now safe again and the Southern 80 ski rate, which was postponed during the wild weather because of fallen trees across the river, will be held from April 15to 17.

Swan Hill Regional Council economic development team leader Lachlan De Morton said the area was open for business. "We were never closed, really," he said.
"The river got very full but the levees never burst. "A couple of dairy farms may have received some indication of floods but that was it - the township itself didn't receive any damage."

Mildura Tourism CEO Rod Trowbridge said that no hotels were closed because of the floods but one or two caravan parks in the region had been affected. The water level is still high at one park at Wentworth, where the Murray and Darling Rivers meet, about 25kmaway.

"The water levels never got to flood level on the Murray at Mildura but there were high levels and fast-flowing currents made it dangerous to go .swimming or skiing in the river in some parts," Mr Trowbridge said.

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