Shire on brink of tougher re­stric­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

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.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Coral Coast Judo club dur­ing their Wed­nes­day night train­ing ses­sion in Pin­jarra Place, Moss­man

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