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Heavy rain good for famers, bad for tourism

Eugene Boisvert, Thursday November 8, 2012 - 10:16 EDT

Far west pastoralists have welcomed yesterday's heavy rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 30mm at Broken Hill yesterday, and 45mm at Menindee.

President of the Pastoralist Association of West Darling, Sue Andrews, received 32 millimetres at her place.

"It's very good for feed grain, and water-wise, yes, and for fires," she said.

But she says pastoralists near White Cliffs and Wilcannia received almost no rain yesterday as the front swept east.
"The rain was not as widespread as we would have liked probably," she said.

"It didn't go very far north and not very far south. You had to be underneath it to get it."

The Menindee Regional Tourism Association says rain has driven tourists away from the town.

The rain has cut off a number of roads around the area, including the Cobb Highway between Wilcannia and Ivanhoe.

Menindee Regional Tourist Association vice president Margot Muscat says the other unsealed roads in the district could stay closed for a while.

"With this rain I would say it won't be for at least 24 hours, could even be another 48 hours," she said.

"Depending on how much rain's been received further down or upriver will depend on then whether the roads won't be open until next week."

Ms Muscat says it could also be trouble for grape growers who are spraying and trimming bunches.

"Wet weather's always lovely to have," she said.

"But it does put a big dampener on the tourists travelling through other than those coming out from Broken Hill.

"It's a big setback for our little township."


- ABC

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