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Rain crucial in 2019

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

Property owner Ruth Sandow took aerial photos of the dry landscape that has become the Corner Country during the current drought. PICTURE: Ruth Sandow Property owner Ruth Sandow took aerial photos of the dry landscape that has become the Corner Country during the current drought. PICTURE: Ruth Sandow

By Myles Burt

The New Year has brought a hopeful sign to the north west of the state after Tibooburra received 2.2mm of rain in two days.

But the rain is still in very short supply, according to Pimpara Lake station owner Ruth Sandow.

“I’ve been up here quite a bit in the last couple of weeks,” Ms Sandow said.

“Whereever you go it’s not pretty.”

Thunderstorms swept across the north west on New Year’s Day, dropping a few millimetres of rain across the barren landscape.

Ms Sandow said she didn’t know how much rain they received and doubts the storms provided a significant amount to create any real change. 

“Nothing has changed,” Ms Sandow said.

“There’s a really serious drought on, there’s a really serious water crisis on and it’s got nothing whatever to do with the Darling River.

“It’s to do with lack of rain.

“Many people have either completely destocked or are back down to just a handful of cattle, sheep or whatever stock they run.

“Most of them are being hand fed, it’s a really difficult situation.

“You just hope that 2019 brings some pretty useful rain fairly quickly because I don’t think any of us want to go through another year like the last one.”

Even with a vast amount of north-western properties under pressure from the big dry, the recent rain did bring some joy.

“It sounded good and it felt good,” Ms Sandow said.

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