De­ci­sion awaits for drought sta­tus

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT WASN’T that long ago the North Bur­nett and Wide Bay be­came drought de­clared, but the re­cent rain­fall has put that sta­tus in doubt.

A Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries spokesper­son said re­cent rain­fall was sub­stan­tial.

“It was very good rain in the area, pro­vid­ing good re­plen­ish­ment for wa­ter sup­plies and the prom­ise of pas­ture re­sponse,” the spokesper­son said.

“We be­lieve the North Bur­nett had a very dry sum­mer over­all and the Lo­cal Drought Com­mit­tee is likely to wait and see what sort of pas­ture re­sponse oc­curs in the com­ing weeks as a re­sult of this event be­fore it may make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the Min­is­ter.”

The lo­cal drought com­mit­tees are meet­ing this month across the state and will soon rec­om­mend any changes in drought sta­tus to the depart­ment.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s An­drew Bu­falino said rain­fall fig­ures were good.

“Gayndah recorded 252mm of rain with Monto record­ing 230mm of rain. The av­er­age for the month was around 70%.”

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