Temporary drainage works were the order of the day for these holiday-makers at the Calypso Holiday Park in Yamba. Pictured is C
Temporary drainage works were the order of the day for these holiday-makers at the Calypso Holiday Park in Yamba. Pictured is C

Waterlogged campers tire of sloppiness



MARK AUSTIN and his family have been coming to Yamba's Calypso Holiday Park for Christmas holidays through the years.

They set up in the same spot, eager to enjoy their break over the festive season.

But these holidays have been a trying time for the family due to heavy rain at Yamba in the past 10 days. The family's shelter has been inundated with water for most of the stay.

The Austins, of South Grafton, believe drainage is inadequate.

Mark's son, Chris, said the conditions were a joke.

"Yesterday (Sunday) there was ankle deep water the whole way through the annex and we had to build little levee walls and a drain to keep the water out," he said.

"It's been a pain all week because of the constant cleaning up. Mum had to go home early ? she'd just had enough."

Chris said it happened at least once each holiday, but the family did not want to move to another site.

A Clarence Valley Council spokesman said yesterday drainage was being fixed.

"Certainly we are aware there are some drainage issues and we have already begun fixing a couple of areas, but it will be an ongoing process," he said.

Chris said dry land could not come quickly enough. The site was powered and electricity near water could be a recipe for disaster.



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