Michael Baker levels the paddocks at Bay Turf on Booral Road under blue skies and less than promising cloud cover.
Michael Baker levels the paddocks at Bay Turf on Booral Road under blue skies and less than promising cloud cover. Alistair Brightman

Mother Nature teases with showers

IT’S GOING to rain on the Fraser Coast today and tomorrow but if you’re hanging out for a decent drop don’t hold your breath.

Senior forecaster Brett Harrison said yesterday that “a few mills” could be expected on the coast but the rain would not extend too far inland.

For Maryborough the dry run is set to run and run.

Mr Harrison said a moist south-easterly to easterly airstream was responsible for the light relief on the coastline.

The last time Hervey Bay had a day or night of rainfall in excess of 50mm was on March 13 when 53mm tumbled down. Maryborough’s last big drop came on April 14 when 52mm fell.

“It’s just been tougher,” Peter Newton, who runs Bay Turf at Booral Road, said.

“Everything has to be watered. If you’re irrigating you’re just keeping it alive and making it slowly grow.”

Mr Newton’s turf farm, which caters for domestic and commercial markets, uses 300ML of recycled water each year.

“We follow the building trade, so we’re a bit slow at the moment. When they take off, we take off.

“But that’s the whole town of Hervey Bay really. It relies heavily on the construction business.

“Hopefully it will pick up next year. And the drought doesn’t help either.”



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