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Mossman Caravan Park Reopens After Flood Repairs, Welcomes Visitors

Mossman Caravan Park has reopened to the public for the first time since it was severely damaged by flooding from Cyclone Jasper in December. This reopening brings significant relief to a town also dealing with the closure of its sugar mill. 

Initial visitor bookings and occupancy rates are already showing positive signs for the local economy.

Douglas Shire Mayor Lisa Scomazzon noted the extensive damage caused by the flood, which affected the electrical systems at all powered sites, street lighting, and cabins in the Council-owned park, as reported by Newsport Daily.

The repair efforts prioritized creating a safe environment for all incoming guests to the caravan park and needed to be completed before allowing any tourists to book,” said Scomazzon, as quoted in the Newsport Daily report.

“Encouragingly, visitor interest is high. Mossman Caravan Park has already experienced a significant rise in occupancy levels,” said Scomazzon. They expect this trend to continue as more travelers discover their renovated facilities. Their staff is enthusiastic about welcoming guests after the extended repair period.

The repair work also provided an opportunity for upgrades. The park transitioned from underground power circuits to solar lighting to prevent future issues related to flooding. 

“Additionally, we transitioned from underground power circuits to solar lighting to prevent future issues related to flooding,” added Scomazzon.

The 80-site park offers a variety of accommodation options, including 60 large, shaded, powered sites, 20 unpowered sites, and two self-contained cabins. While the cabins are not quite ready to be used yet, they are expected to be reopened soon. 

“Our cabins, which were flooded, are currently being inspected by insurance assessors to determine whether they should be refitted or replaced. We do not have an estimated time for their return to operation, as this depends entirely on the insurance decision,” noted Scomazzon.

Despite a nationwide housing accommodation crisis, the Council maintains the park’s focus on short-term visitors, allowing stays of up to 28 days to support the tourist market. 

“Mossman Caravan Park has had some enquiries mostly regarding our cabins and whether we let long term. Council currently allows visitors to stay at the Mossman Caravan Park for a period of up to 28 days, aiming to cater primarily for the tourist market who inject significant funds into the local economy,” stated a spokesperson from the Douglas Shire Council.

Looking ahead, the park is poised to play a key role in the local tourism season. The upgrades and repairs have not only restored the park but have also made it more resilient and sustainable for future visitors. “Our staff is enthusiastic about welcoming guests after the extended repair period,” said Scomazzon.

Mossman Caravan Park’s reopening is a positive development for the local community, offering improved facilities and an enhanced visitor experience. As more people discover the park’s offerings, it is expected to continue drawing in tourists and supporting the local economy.

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