HIT HARD: Mick Brannan, owner of Taroom’s Cattle Camp Motel, said the Easter flood has hit his business hard.
HIT HARD: Mick Brannan, owner of Taroom’s Cattle Camp Motel, said the Easter flood has hit his business hard.

Incorrect web info not help Taroom

MICK Brannan was looking forward too a bumper Easter period at his Taroom motel after the December floods wiped out the busy Christmas period.

But a second flood hit the Taroom area, causing the Leichhardt Highway to be closed for several days the day before Good Friday.

The highway was re-opened on Saturday, but some websites, such as the RACQ website, did not list it as open until Tuesday.

As the owner of the Cattle Camp Motel, Brannan was relying on flow through traffic travelling back through the area.

Many tourists would be once bitten twice shy after the flood crisis that hit large parts of Queensland in December.

Mr Brannan said he estimated he would have seen a 40% reduction over the Easter period due to the poor information.

“There was no flow through traffic,” Mr Brannan said.

“People weren't ringing up to book; people didn't come as they couldn't get through when they could get through.

“Just when you think you can get back on track (with a busy Easter) this happens.”

Ashley Adcock from the Taroom Roadhouse and Dawson Valley Cabins admitted the second flood had cost him business.

The Thursday before Easter is usually his busiest day of the year at the service station but the second flood hit hard.

“It was dead,” Mr Adcock admitted.

Mr Adcock's service station, cabins and house were inundated by floodwaters back in December.

An RACQ spokesperson said the RACQ website stated from April 23 to May 3 the Leichhardt Highway from Taroom to Theodore was open to all vehicles with care.

"This information was accompanied by a picture of a yellow coloured traffic light which means 'open with care'," the spoksperson said.


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