Wel­come rain falls for some

... but drought drags on

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cap­news.com.au

THE drought isn’t eas­ing off but any sight of rain is wel­come and one Jam­bin prop­erty was for­tu­nate enough to re­ceive 28mm in a 24-hour pe­riod at the week­end.

Tania Berry and her fam­ily rent a house on a cat­tle prop­erty at Smokey Creek, 45km out of Biloela.

Their rain­fall for the year so far to­tals 120mm but Ms Berry said ev­ery­one in the area was feel­ing the pinch of dry grounds and lack of feed for live­stock.

“I have lived on the land for enough years to know that even though we got good rain­fall it wasn’t what was needed and the drought isn’t over by a long shot,” Ms Berry said.

“Farm­ers didn’t get a win­ter crop mean­ing no in­come, farm­ers with irrigation are hav­ing to use more wa­ter which means more money, there is an in­crease in feral an­i­mals such as ’roos and pigs dam­ag­ing crops and hay and there are no grains or crops to make feeds so the sup­ply is low.”

Ms Berry has lived at Smokey Creek for three years and said the last good rain­fall was in March when they re­ceived 18mm.

“The re­gion is very dry,” she said. “Ev­ery­one has been feed­ing cat­tle for months and feed is very hard to come by with the lo­cal feed store wait­ing for more feed to be made be­fore they can even sell it.

“Peo­ple are hav­ing to think out­side the square to get an­i­mals fed.

“Some of my friends and fam­ily are on wait lists for hay and feed and we’ve been or­der­ing wa­ter for the last few months and feed as well.”

The 28mm which fell hard and fast over the week­end was un­ex­pected with three sep­a­rate show­ers de­liv­er­ing good falls.

“We had one early in the morn­ing that gave us 3mm, one at 9am which gave us 11mm and one at lunch which gave us 14mm,” Ms Berry said.

“The show­ers were hard and very fast with enough wind to blow the dog ken­nels over but hardly any­thing made it to the rain­wa­ter tanks.

“It was very patchy rain. Some only re­ceived 5-8mm and some re­ceived noth­ing at all but there was also re­ports of hail across the road.

“We weren’t pre­dicted to get any­thing but it won’t make any dif­fer­ence.

“It was just too hard and fast and then with the cool nights af­ter, it won’t ger­mi­nate new pick.”

PHO­TOS: TANIA BERRY

SMOKEY CREEK: Rain at the week­end was a wel­come sight for those who re­ceived it.

Show­ers re­sulted in some good falls but they were ‘hard and fast’ and, com­bined with the cool nights, will not de­liver much new pick.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Tania Berry.

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