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Darling water moving fast

Wednesday, 6th January, 2010

Wilcannia residents eager to see the Darling River restored may not have long to wait, with water running quickly just 80km north of the town.

Wilga Station resident Paul Burton took photographs and videos yesterday of the stream that is making its way south after heavy rain in northern NSW and Queensland.

Mr Burton, who works as a ranger and ecologist, said the influx of water injected new life into the towns along the Darling.

"There's families out with video cameras to see it coming past... it's really good for the economy and it lifts the spirits," he said.

"And it's moving unusually fast. It usually takes three weeks to get from Bourke to us, and then an extra week to get to Wilcannia, but this flow has taken only seven days to get from Bourke to Tilpa. "The vital flow also eased the pressure on landowners, some of whom were running extremely low on water after predicted heavy rains failed to arrive.

"The only sad thing is that we got no rain. We were promised seven inches over Christmas but we only got seven millimetres - but people are still relieved to see the river. "One family was down to pumping water from their last little pool, so we really had reached that critical point. "To a lot of these people the river is everything."

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