Are we still go­ing to be drought de­clared?

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Philippe Co­querand­

THIS week in the North Bur­nett re­gion we re­ceived six months worth of rain in just a few days.

Af­ter be­ing heav­ily drought stricken with­out rain for many months, it seemed like it all came at once, with a down­pour of rain which wor­ried many peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy it was a once-in-100-year event with records be­ing bro­ken across south-east Queens­land.

My ques­tion per­tains to the amount of rain we re­ceived as it filled dams up and sup­plied valu­able wa­ter to farm­ers and irrigators in des­per­ate need of it.

Does this mean the North Bur­nett and Wide Bay will no longer be in a drought?

The Boon­dooma Dam is 48.9% full with a vol­ume of 99,874ML recorded, while the Ca­nia Dam in Monto reached 102.2% with wa­ter spilling on to the road. The Wu­ruma Dam reached a ca­pac­ity of 101.3% with the level ex­ceed­ing the banks.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries states that for an area to be­come drought de­clared it has to have re­ceived a rain­fall de­fi­ciency in the past 12 months.

In or­der to re­voke the drought dec­la­ra­tion, the area has to re­ceive wide­spread rain­fall with all mem­bers of the lo­cal drought com­mit­tee in ac­cep­tance. The com­mit­tee takes into ac­count the sea­sonal con­di­tions, pas­ture growth and wa­ter avail­abil­ity.

No doubt this will be a hot topic in the com­ing weeks.

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