Plans to offer year-round camping
reopens after safeguards to reduce risk of flash flooding
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Greenpatch camping ground in the small sugar town of Gordonvale in far
north Queenland has reopened.
The multi-million dollar upgraded facility now has additional measures to
safeguard users from the risk of flash flooding.
Located on the banks of the Mulgrave River and Hemming Creek, it normally
offers 42 campsites plus an amenities block with toilets and showers, dump
point and picnic spots.
But Cairns Regional Council closed the popular
campground last November at the recommendation of the Local Disaster
Management Committee in response to predicted weather patterns associated
with the influence of La Nina.
Temporary barriers have been installed to cordon off lower areas of the
campground that would likely be inundated during the wet season should the
neighbouring Hemming Creek experience a flash flooding event.
The facility has a warning system which is triggered by rising water
However, while rising waters from the Mulgrave River trigger an alarm that
provides a two- to three-hour warning before flooding of the campground,
Hemming Creek can be susceptible to rapid rises that would provide limited
time for evacuation.
The cordoning off of the lower campground will limit the facility to 15
sites during the annual wet season.
As part of COVID safety measures, all users must check-in and check-out
using the onsite QR code.
The council will install bollards and additional signage this year as part
of a strategy to enable the Greenpatch campground to remain open all
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