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could wipe more
than half a billion
dollars from tourism
in SA s Murray River
regions in the next eight
years, Tourism Research
Australia has found.
But tourism authorities
say the report, which esti-
mates the tourism-related
cost of the drought so far
at $133 million, unveils a
new direction for market-
ing opportunities for the
Operators in the
Riverland are increasingly
targeting Victoria and
NSW rather than Adelaide,
where media reports have
lead to misconceptions
about water levels.
The Tourism Research
Australia destination visi-
tor survey showed more
than half the respondents
water activities such as
water sports and swim-
ming in the Riverland
and Murraylands had
been affected by drought,
found conditions had not
changed in these areas.
owner Graham Glazbrook
said his Renmark-based
company had just wrapped
up the best 12 months on
record after aggressively
advertising in Victoria and
"People in Adelaide
think if they can t water
their lawn, then the river
is dry," he said. "We re
doing very little advertis-
ing in SA and it s paying
off for us."
Paula Bennet said the
report would change the
way her organisation
marketed the region. She
agreed South Australians
had been affected by
negative images, whereas
Victorians still had a good
view of the river.
Of those surveyed, 22
per cent said the drought
would prevent them
visiting SA s river regions,
leading to an estimated
loss of $533 million in
income between 2009 and
2018 compared with a "no
The report, which
investigated the effect of
the drought on tourism
from the river s source to
the mouth, also found:
fewer overnight visits and
332,000 fewer day visits to
SA s Murray regions in
2008 than in 1999;
192 tourism-related jobs
annually over the same
million between 1999 and
2008 against a no-drought
owner-operator of Galaxy
Houseboats at Mannum,
said negative media
coverage had killed his
"We ve got 7m of water
under the boats all the way
to Swan Reach and back ...
but you ve got the media
taking photos of dried-up
backwaters with carp
Mr Whithorn is closing
down his business after 24
years in the industry, and
said the whole town has
"Weekends in Mannum
up SA tourism
An infestation of blood-sucking bedbugs
has settled under the covers in Adelaide,
while schools on the Fleurieu Peninsula
are fighting a war against an equally
ubiquitous plague of head lice.
City-based hotels and hostels are
fighting to control the bedbugs, with pest
control companies saying the infestation
escalated after the Sydney Olympics.
"There has definitely been a
dramatic increase in the amount of
bedbugs throughout Australia for the
last five years," said Phil Mellor from
Amalgamated Pest Control. "There
wouldn t be one hotel or motel in the
whole of Adelaide that hasn t had them."
Renmark, were both attacked by bugs
while staying at Annie s Place backpack-
ers hostel in Adelaide.
"The bedbugs aren t going to stay in just
one bed," said Ms Rainsford.
Annie s Place denied an infestation, but
when shown Ms Rainsford s evidence of
bites, it admitted the bugs were a problem.
Hostel manager Skye Gould said it was now
being treated weekly as a precaution.
Bedbugs can hitch a ride in travellers
luggage. They suck blood from their
victim while injecting an irritant
substance. Getting rid of bedbugs involves
a chemical bombing of the infected areas,
which costs about $450 a home, with two
treatments usually required.
Fortunately for the students of south-
ern suburbs schools, eradicating head lice
is easier. The Onkaparinga City Council
recently dispatched head lice treatments
to primary schools in the area. It opted to
use an organic alternative from Roseneath
Organics, rather than a chemical-based
Hayborough grandmother Gloria
Reynolds, whose grandchildren are being
treated as part of the council program,
remembers head lice spreading through
schools during her childhood. "If you had
a really bad infestation, your head would
be shaved and you d have to wear a hat,"
she said. Thankfully, modern cures are not
Melissa Cary and Julie Rainsford: bitten by
bedbugs while staying in Adelaide.
Don't let the
Chris Johnson at Headings Cliff lookout near Paringa.
Photos: Hendrik Gout
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