Decision awaits for drought status
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%.”