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Outback shire 'still in dire straits' despite rain

By Chrissy Arthur, Thursday March 7, 2013 - 11:57 EDT

There has been some welcome rain in Queensland's parched far south-west, with the weather bureau saying 23 millimetres has fallen since 9:00am (AEST) yesterday at Birdsville.

However, Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton says it has been storm rain and fell in a very narrow strip and there has not been a drop at his property 'Roseberth'.

"Roseberth is in pretty bad shape, as far as fodder and water goes but these little storms, they do do some help, they are something," he said.

"There have been very isolated storms about, they really haven't done much to change the picture of the shire.

"The shire is still in dire straits as far as the weather goes.

"Yes there are cattle leaving this country every day just about.

"It [the rain] never came east any more than about two kilometres.

"When I got out to the race track, the bitumen was actually dry, it hadn't even rained there but west of the town it looked like there were some pretty handy storms.

"It is getting towards the end of the storm season now, I think this probably would be our second last change before the summer finishes - probably enough time for another change to build up and come through."

The weather bureau says there has also been 57mm of rain since yesterday morning at Burketown and 38mm at Julia Creek.


- ABC

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