Australia’s national golf course opens to visitors, golf course to close after flooding
Updated November 21, 2019 16:07:20 An area of remote North Queensland’s Macquarie Coast has been closed to visitors after a major flood hit the region.
Key points:A national golf tournament is taking place in Australia’s capital Canberra after a devastating flood swept through the regionThis is the second major flood to hit the Macquarrie Coast in four years, which has been called “one of the worst in Australia”.
The Macquare Coast Golf Course was closed for the second time in two weeks after a huge flood hit about 30 kilometres south-west of the town of Macquay on the NSW coast.
“The floodwaters were about 50 metres high,” Superintendent of Police Rob McLean said.
“They were so deep it was hard to see anything.”
The area was closed to the public on Friday morning and reopened to the general public on Saturday morning, but golf courses were closed for several hours on Saturday.
The town of about 2,500 people was inundated by heavy rain and wind and the area has been declared a major disaster area.
It’s not known how many golf courses there are in the area.
Mr McLean has warned the golf courses will be closed for two to three weeks.
“We’re just hoping that people don’t go in the golf course area,” he said.
Mr McLellan said there was no way to predict how long it would take for the golf areas to reopen, but he hoped to reopen by the end of the year.
“There’s probably a couple of months of downtime here and there’s no way of saying how long those things are going to be closed,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
“I’m hoping to get back in and play golf as soon as possible.”
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