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Hope for rain to end Gympie dry spell

Thursday January 24, 2013 - 13:04 EDT

While the rain is bucketing down in north Queensland, Gympie residents are praying it will reach the region.

If it is not raining the grass does not grow and if you own a mower shop that is bad for business.

Gympie has been unusually dry since last August and Ross Honnery says turnover at his mower centre is down 70 to 80 per cent.

"It's the quietest we've been for this period of time for the 25 years that I've been here," he said.

Alex Long from the Gympie Feed Barn is selling about 40 large bales of hay a day to graziers as paddocks and dams dry up.

"A lot of people are just chasing water," he said.

"The biggest thing, they're looking at the dams and evaporation's a big thing they say and just keeping the water up to the stock."

Residents are hoping forecast rain arrives this weekend.


- ABC

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