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Weekend rain 'welcome' but 'more' needed

By Frances Adcock and Jo Skinner, Monday August 18, 2014 - 12:09 EST

The Gympie council says weekend rain will help to green up pastures across the region but was not enough to refill dams.

Moderate falls of up to 24 millimetres were recorded on Saturday.

The Acting Mayor and grazier, Tony Perrett, says the rain provided some short-term relief for drought-stricken farmers but much more is needed in the next few months.

"One of the challenges that we've got obviously is just with water," he said.

"While this 24mm has been quite good to perhaps shoot the grass away, it certainly didn't run any water and given that a lot of the surface water has been drying back now for some months, that's going to be a challenge.

"We certainly need some heavier rainfall in the next three or four months just to get water back in the creeks, get water to stock dams.

"That will certainly do some good but remembering it's been extremely dry, but to get some moisture in August certainly gives us some hope that the spring will be better than what it was looking only a few days ago.

"Any rain in August is always welcome and I think given that we've actually had this rain now and if we can get a little bit more in the next three or four weeks, the spring just might not be too bad."

The weather bureau says most of the Wide Bay Burnett region received above average rainfall over the weekend.

Senior forecaster Rick Threlfall says Maryborough recorded its wettest August day in more than 100 years.

"It was quite heavy rainfall moving in from the west and pretty much everywhere through the Wide Bay picked up some rainfall and Maryborough picked up 91mm in the 24 hours to the 9:00am on Sunday and that made it's wettest day August day since 1893, so ... pretty significant," he said.


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