The Coffs Coast Advocate

Visitors head here despite the floods

WITH close to 2000 visitors dropping by for a look, Dorrigo volunteer Richard Rees says this year's Creative Mountain Arts Exhibition has been a huge success.

The exhibition was one of the special Easter events, which helped attract holiday makers to the shire in spite of the big flood 10 days earlier.

In Bellingen Alison Beamish from Sis-de-Lane Cafe said she had expected the holidays to be busier.

“It's been slower than I expected . . . it hasn't been terrible but it hasn't been great,” Ms Beamish said.

At the Old Butter Factory, owner Ray Seaword said businesses had taken quite a battering from the flood but were recovering well.

“The silver-lining is always the community,” Mr Seaword said.

“The water came belting down the road and was waist-high in many of the shops.

“It was like a washing machine.

“But the next day there were loads of people here and they stayed for days - hosing, washing, clearing.

“Now the mud's all gone and we're open for business.”

Down at the Urunga Heads Holiday Park, owner Jack Gordon said there were only a few cancellations as a result of the floods.

“Out of about 500 bookings, we had maybe five or six cancellations - the four days over Easter were really busy,” Mr Gordon said.

The Bellingen Shire Visitor Information Centre welcomed more than 1500 visitors for Driver Reviver, marginally more than Easter last year.

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