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South Australian pastoralists welcome wet start to 2016

Carmen Brown, Monday January 4, 2016 - 09:43 EDT
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Lake Eyre is starting to fill following heavy rains in northern South Australia. - ABC

Heavy rain over the weekend has delivered a bumper start to the year for pastoralists in South Australia's far north.

Falls of up to 180 millimetres were recorded over two days, cutting road access to cattle stations and remote communities.

Janet Brook from Cordillo Downs Station, near Innamincka, says almost 50 millimetres fell on her property, providing a much needed boost to the country.

'For us that was absolutely fantastic rain, it comes after a pretty long dry spell.

'We actually hadn't had any rain at the station at all since May, before that we had a couple of falls in early December the year before.

'But pretty much the last three summers have been pretty ordinary for us.

'So it couldn't have happened at a better time for us, on the first day of the year, it was terrific.'

Follow-up rains always welcome

Further west at Macumba Station, near Oodnadatta, Eddie Nunn tipped 70 millimetres out of his rain gauge over the past two days.

He said while conditions had been better in his part of the region, good follow-up rains were always welcome.

"We've sort of been pretty lucky for the past 12 months, we had a big rain in January last year, and just recently we've had a couple of very handy scuds and storms," he said.

"That sort of ran creeks and got things pretty wet before this rain came along.

"So this will sort of set us up for 12 months, because we have a lot of big creeks and swamps here to fill."


- ABC

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