Dams fill just in time

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH three dry dams on his home block, and five dry­ing up in the back pad­dock, the rain came just in time for Ken Pat­ter­son.

Mr Pat­ter­son’s near­est wa­ter is Obil Bil Creek and it was down to a trickle.

Mr Pat­ter­son said his dad and his dad be­fore him worked this 200 hectares and he was now do­ing the same.

“Only once, when I was a boy, my dad had to de-stock this prop­erty be­cause of no wa­ter and I was very close to do­ing the same,” Mr Pat­ter­son said.

“I have kept my cat­tle in good con­di­tion by cart­ing wa­ter from the creek dur­ing the past three months, but you can’t do that for­ever.

“I would have had to re­duce my herd, within the month if the dry had con­tin­ued.

“The rain filled the back pad­dock, but not the three dams on my house block.”

After bucket loads of rain in the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett the dams are filling and some re­lief can be seen on farmer’s faces and the smiles are no­tice­ably warmer.

Rain in this event was patchy and di­verse so not ev­ery­one got a drench­ing but most got enough to get some re­lief.

Jim Croner is the owner of Lone Pine Sta­tion 50km west of Eidsvold and said the rain was wel­come as his stock had started los­ing some con­di­tion.

“We were okay for wa­ter, but the 108mm we got last week was much needed and wel­come,” Mr Croner said.

“My an­ces­tors were very con­scious about the im­por­tance of wa­ter and they put plenty of dams all over the sta­tion.”

More rain is fore­cast be­fore Christ­mas and those dams that are half full dams, may over­flow be­fore the new year.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

WEL­COME: Re­cent rain has saved Ken Pat­ter­son from de-stock­ing his prop­erty.

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