Are we still going to be drought declared?
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.