Shire on brink of tougher restrictions
DON’T be fooled by predicted showers across the region.
The Douglas Shire is teetering on the brink of level three water restrictions with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting hot and dry conditions throughout spring.
BOM state manager for Queensland Bruce Gunn told the that the chance of an El Nino forming is “roughly three times the normal risk”.
Local residents are already under level two restrictions, with Mayor Julia Leu saying tougher measures were possible.
She said particular effort has been placed on monitoring resorts, gated communities and other accommodation providers in Port Douglas.
“Council continues to urge everyone to turn off their sprinklers and familiarise yourself with the hosing conditions,” she said.
Council estimates about 150ML per month is lost on gardens.
The Rex Creek Intake levels have fluctuated considerably over the past few days due to recent showers.
“Decreased water usage and heavy rainfall is essential to avoiding level three water restrictions,” Ms Leu said.
Meanwhile, the tropical cyclone outlook released last month suggests an average to slightly below average season due to the influence of a possible El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.
BOM meteorologist Adam Morgan said residents should still be prepared. One in four tropical cyclones in the Coral Sea cross the coast every year.
“Remember though, Australia has never had a tropical cyclone season without a cyclone crossing the coast,” he said.
“Cyclones are rarely evenly spread across the season.
“What the seasonal outlook can’t predict is the size and intensity or exact location of where a cyclone may form.
“This means the community right across the north need to remain vigilant throughout the cyclone season.”
He said the risk of major flooding will also be lower than average this wet season.
Coral Coast Judo club during their Wednesday night training session in Pinjarra Place, Mossman