CQ councils welcome the wet season

AS dense cloud cover arrives with the promise of rain for the Capricornia and Central Queensland region, local councils are confident in the benefits of the wet season.

Bureau of Meteorology maps are glowing green throughout the region today, indicating falls of up to 50mm for as far west as Emerald with rainfall throughout the week.

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said it would be a welcome change for Central Queensland and parts of the drought declared shire.

Cr Carige said his cattle property at Goovigen had received just over 500mm this year, 285mm of it in February.

"What rain has fallen to date has made a huge difference and the country is really looking to jump away," he said.

"But the rain has been very spasmodic and the storms very hit and miss.

"There has been some pretty dismal rain and now we need for things to really pick up going into summer right across the shire and CQ."

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sam Campbell said predicted rain would be widespread.

"A southerly change and surge in winds moving up the coast will see further shower and storm activity.

"There is potential for severe damaging winds and heavy rainfall," he said.

Weekend falls:

Rockhampton: 14mm

Yeppoon: 18mm

Biloela: 19.8mm

Emerald: 15.6mm



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