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Dry conditions on coast hurts canegrowers

Miriam Hall, Thursday October 17, 2013 - 14:30 EDT
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The drought across inland Queensland is starting to take a toll in coastal regions.

Some rivers and streams have stopped running in the Herbert district, north of Townsville, and others are flowing at less than half of normal levels.

Yesterday, water restrictions were imposed by the Department of Natural Resources, affecting all watercourses in the Lower Herbert catchment except Gowrie Creek and Herbert River.

Herbert canegrowers don't rely on full irrigation for their crop.

But during a dry spell as drawn out as the current one, some producers need irrigation to keep their plant cane alive for next season.

Some draw water from creeks and rivers, others use bores on their properties.

Canegrower Brian Tabone says there's heavy reliance on irrigation as producers battle the driest season they've experienced

"There are people just crying out for rain."


- ABC

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