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Gulf graziers miss out on soaking

Thursday January 24, 2013 - 12:50 EDT

Some Gulf and western graziers have missed out on decent rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

The heavy rain has fallen in patches across the Gulf Country, leaving some graziers in Burketown and Normanton without decent falls.

Barry Hughes from North Head Station, south-west of Georgetown, says properties affected by bushfires late last year are in need of widespread rain to kickstart pasture recovery.

However, he says the system seems to have slipped past without delivering much.

"Well it is the roll of the dice when it comes to systems in the Gulf where we are situated," he said.

"Most of the fire-affected areas in the Etheridge Shire have had some relief rain but it hasn't really kickstarted in a lot of places.

"It sort of promised a lot but delivered very little. To get something out of this would have been really nice."

He says there has been some relief rain but nothing widespread.

"I wouldn't call it disappointment, we did expect that we might jag a little bit of rain from this system but it just seems to be hanging to the east and to the north a little bit of us," he said.

"There wasn't a lot of rain in it but at least it is about.

"While those systems are floating in and around that top end of the Gulf .. and in the Peninsula there, we are in [with] a chance of getting something yes."

Matu Chase from Stirling Station, near Normanton, says the rain has been disappointing.

"Yes I think it was a bit of a fizz for now because we've got blue skies over here."

There is hope the low will track back towards the Gulf, bringing heavy rain but forecaster Scott Adams says it looks unlikely.

"That rain system to slowly track its way down the east coast over the next day or so, that heavy rain is really expected to be north and east of Hughenden," he said.

He says the north-west and central west have missed out on most of the rain.


- ABC

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