Roma Golf Club members Jim Wilby (left) and Mark Russell walk along the green-again 14th fairway. Picture: John Wilson
Roma Golf Club members Jim Wilby (left) and Mark Russell walk along the green-again 14th fairway. Picture: John Wilson

Big wet coming as drought-hit regions turn green

FROM dust and dirt to a water trap, parts of drought-declared Queensland have welcomed above average rainfall with a big wet on the way across parts of the state today.

Roma received 40mm on Monday night and was likely to exceed its average February rainfall by the end of the week.

Up to 30mm of rain is forecast daily for the eastern Maranoa, Warrego and eastern Darling Downs districts until Friday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Alex Majchrowski said a rainfall event with some heavy totals was expected to kick off today and linger through the week.

"Most of the rainfall for (today) is focused around the Sunshine Coast, that's where the really big totals will be," he said.

 

Roma Golf hole 5 before the rains came. Picture: John Wilson
Roma Golf hole 5 before the rains came. Picture: John Wilson

 

"For Roma we're expecting 10-25mm … Stanthorpe anywhere from 10-15mm … Toowoomba could see between 20-40mm of rain today.

"As far west out as Quilpie, all the way to the eastern coast, could receive rainfall of up to 30mm tomorrow."

Mr Majchrowski said much more rain is needed to break the state's crippling drought.

"Some parts of Queensland in the southeast have received on average or even above average rainfall for the month of January, however none of this rainfall is drought-breaking as the drought at this time is a multi-year deficit," he said.

"A month or two of good rainfall isn't going to make up for years of above average rainfall … We need above average rainfall for a number of months."

 

 

He said drought declared areas to the west of Longreach are unlikely to see much, if any, rainfall this week.

As of December last year, 67.4 per cent of Queensland drought declared.

In Roma, nothing stops determined golfers from finishing back nine, not even the big dry.

Roma Golf Club were kept alive through the drought with recycled water, but the fairways have seen better days. But nothing can deter club captain Paul Schutt, who with fellow golfers who has been known to continue even in the middle of a dust storm.

"It sort of hit us with about three holes to go," Mr Schutt said. "You could smell it and breathe it in, but you just keep going. When the golf club had more members, they actually had watered fairways," he said. "This is the driest I've ever seen it, and I've lived out this way all my life."

He is hoping this week's rain brings some green back.

 


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