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Marakoopa Cave at Mole Creek has re-opened today, with improved facilities for visitors, following extensive repairs after the site was badly damaged during the June floods.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) project manager, Paul Flood, said the re-opening, just in time for the busy summer season, was the result of a big effort by contractors and PWS staff.

"The damage to the site was significant; including the access road, access bridge, pump station, the creek banks outside the cave entrance and the pump station providng the water supply to the visitor centre and toilets. Within the cave there was a large amount of debris and the cave's lighting system was damaged beyond repair, requiring an entirely new specialised cave lighting system," Mr Flood said.

"An estimated 80 tonnes of rubble and debris was removed by hand from the cave entry and pathway, using picks, shovels and wheelbarrows.

"A new lighting system will greatly enhance the visitor experience, is less intrusive on the fragile cave system, and will be much easier to maintain as it is a low voltage system.

"A refurbished and enlarged visitor centre is far more comfortable for visitors, providing for ticket purchases and a larger retail area. Toilets within the refurbished centre provide great convenience and a new state of the art aerated water treatment system has enabled the decommissioning of all septic systems within the Marakoopa Cave precinct.

Other improvements completed as part of the repairs, include rebuilting the Fern Glad walking track, improved drainage of the Marakoopa Cave roadway, top car park, resurfaced entry path from the top car park to the cave entry, natural stone reinforced creek bed and waiting shelter area.

"We're really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Mole Creek and offering an improved cave experience at the visitor centre and Marakoopa," Mr Flood said.