Mildura’s tourism operators say the city is almost booked out, despite a blue-green algae outbreak affecting the region for the second successive Easter.
The outbreak has been moving along central section of the Murray River for the past month and arrived at the Mildura Weir yesterday afternoon.
A red alert is in place from Lock 11 to Colignan, but Lower Murray Water says levels are dropping between Colignan and Karadoc.
Mildura Tourism’s Rod Trowbridge says the visitor centre is fielding calls from people planning to spend Easter along the river, but have been very few cancellations.
“Blue-green algae does not wreck a holiday in Mildura,” he said.
“There are safe parts of the river and I think the industry is being very responsible.
“Certainly I think the houseboat operators are going to great lengths to make sure their particular customers are steered towards the safer waters downstream.”