Waiting for our summer rain

ROCKHAMPTON has never had to worry about running out of water because in 100-plus years, there has always been summer rain sufficient to fill the barrage catchment area.

While that is of some comfort, I'm sure plenty of people, including the region's leaders, are currently looking skywards in anticipation.

This week I was informed that a North Rocky man, who religiously checks his rain gauge, had counted just 17mm in the past five months.

That wasn't news to the mass of thirsty green ants clinging to the tap and fittings feeding one of my five soaker hoses the other day.

The signs of drought are everywhere.

Rockyview locals this week told me they had never seen so many kangaroos in the residential area.

Presumably the animals have come closer to suburbia in search of whatever green pasture there is to be found.

And how about the hose and sprinkler aisle at Bunnings last Sunday? - chockers!

In October 2004, Rockhampton City Council faced the prospect of being out of water by May if there was not sufficient rain.

As it had done for the previous 100-plus summers, it rained, and concerns were allayed.

If the future could be predicted by the past, we'd have no concerns in 2009.

But will there be a summer where history doesn't repeat?

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