Are we set for another big wet?
EDITORIAL: It's August. And it's later than you think. Every day that passes brings us closer to the wet season.
The southern oscillation index today is neutral, suggesting that neither an El Niño event (Australia cops droughts and bushfires) nor a La Niña event (Australia cops flooding rains) is likely this spring. But who knows what will happen by summer?
Recent experience - and the scientifically certain knowledge that our climate has destabilised - suggests we can no longer rely on concepts such as a "once-in-100-years flood".
With district disaster plans about to be reviewed by the State Government, the Chronicle will be investigating over the next few weeks just how prepared we are for the next flood.
We'll be looking at issues such as warning systems, evacuation, flood mitigation, SES resources and public education.
Art belongs out there
CONGRATULATIONS to Urangan's Bayswater Hotel and the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery for getting together to put artwork in the pub.
The gallery is booked out so far in advance, curator Nicole McBride was looking for another place to show local artists' work, and the Bayswater came to the rescue.
I've worked with a theatre company which often rehearsed in a city square and has performed in an empty swimming pool, a basement and a warehouse, so I'm a fan of getting art of all sorts out among the people where it belongs.
Time to pop into the Bayswater for a pint, I think.