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Welcome rain relieves strain, dry spell pain

Yandina Station owners Neil and Sally Newman look over their waterlogged property with daughter Katie, 19 months.
Yandina Station owners Neil and Sally Newman look over their waterlogged property with daughter Katie, 19 months. Patrick Woods

NEIL and Sally Newman's cattle stud is set for spring and summer after being swamped by heavy rain.

The Newmans run about 85 head of Brahman at their Yandina Station property.

Three spring calves have already arrived and many of their cows are pregnant.

"This rain is absolutely wonderful," Mr Newman said.

"It has been a terribly long, dry period."

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 144mm at Yandina Creek in the 24 hours leading up to 9am Tuesday.

Rain was still falling after those measurements stopped.

"To get rainfall like this to set us up for spring and summer is absolutely fantastic," Mr Newman said.

His property is also used to host weddings and other functions, featuring cabin accommodation for those who chose to stay.

Their water situation was getting dire before the latest downpour.

"We were buying water for our utilities here.

"We were asking clients to be water wise when consuming water."

Pumping bore water to keep the grounds in top order was also proving expensive.

He said their all-weather facilities meant the function side of their business was largely unaffected by rain.

"People still want to celebrate their special day - rain, hail or shine."

 

Kelly Gordon and her dog Ollie check in on their horse Ruby at a Yandina Creek property.
Kelly Gordon and her dog Ollie check in on their horse Ruby at a Yandina Creek property. Patrick Woods

The rain was also welcomed by stable hand Kelly Gordon, who has been visiting her beloved horse Ruby three times a day.

Ruby, a 15-year-old retired racehorse, stays in a paddock on agistment just up the road from Yandina Station.

It is a 15-minute drive from Miss Gordon's Maroochy River home.

She said the rain was great because it would bring the grass back but there was a downside.

The bottom half of the paddock was flooded and Ruby wasn't moving around much.

"Her legs are all swollen and she is getting sore," Miss Gordon said.

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