Holiday parks ready to welcome visitors

WISHING YOU WERE HERE: Reflections Holiday Park managers Robyn and John Kidd are ready to welcome back their regular visitors.

WISHING YOU WERE HERE: Reflections Holiday Park managers Robyn and John Kidd are ready to welcome back their regular visitors.

Robyn and John Kidd have been open and ready to welcome back visitors since January 9.

The couple who manage Reflections Holiday Park, Eden say the little bit of rain has greened up the park nicely and for anyone who likes a holiday where it's not too busy then now is the time to visit.

Robyn said that they have five bookings expected to arrive on Thursday and remain hopeful that many of their regulars will still turn up.

"We're trying to explain to anyone who phones that the towns are OK. They hear about Eden and think the towns have been impacted but they haven't," Robyn said.

She is sending the statement from the RFS to prospective guests to reassure them but also to ensure they know to keep an eye on the Fires Near Me app, something Robyn says people would be doing at this time of year anyway if they were in a rural area.

On December 31 they had about 700 guests at the park but by January 1 they had to tell them they had a 12 hour window in which to evacuate.

"By 11.30am on January 2 they had all gone. Then we took our van up to the oval and stayed there," Robyn said.

Normally at this time of year the park with 22 cabins and 200 sites, 12 of which are ensuite sites, is full.

"We'd be selling ice creams, bait and ice every day," John said.

"We've never had an empty park before, we've never been evacuated before. There are less people here now than in the middle of winter," John said.

If you like a holiday where it's not too busy then now is the time to come.

John Kidd, Reflections Holiday Park, Eden

But it's not just John and Robyn who are affected. The ripples run right through the community.

There's little need for the six or more staff that would be needed to clean and care for the park and guests, no need for the jumping castle, kids entertainer or the fish and chip van.

"Hopefully with people coming back we'll be able to put on a movie night," Robyn said.

On January 11 the RFS issued a statement encouraging tourists to start returning to the villages and towns along the Far South Coast as weather conditions improved.

The weather is predicted to be more favourable with the chance of showers over the next few days. The RFS said there are many villages and towns that are now safe for people to visit.

"Local Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Emergency Operations Controllers and the RFS Incident Controller would like to encourage visitors to return to the area and help the communities get back on their feet," the RFS statement said.

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