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Rain makes paddocks look like they've been painted green

SLOWLY GROWING: Peter Heelan moves weaners on Ulcanbah Station near Clermont, where the rains have greened up pastures.
SLOWLY GROWING: Peter Heelan moves weaners on Ulcanbah Station near Clermont, where the rains have greened up pastures. Paula Heelan

TWO weeks ago Leo Neill-Ballantine's lawn was dirt, but with the recent rain his grass has grown so much he's had to get his lawnmower out again.

The Galloway Plains grazier in Calliope said as of Wednesday there had been six inches of rain in the last 12 days, with a lot of thunder and lightning.

"We've been fortunate that four-and-a-half of that has been good steady rain," he said.

"It's been enough to top the dam … (and) the grass has responded really quickly.

It was really noticeable driving into Moranbah yesterday, how the country has transformed from bone dry to green.

Leo said while their brahman cattle had been standing well they had been putting out lick for their charbray cattle every few days.

"Things were getting pretty desperate," he said.

Lightning hits during a storm in Biloela.
Lightning hits during a storm in Biloela. Troy Lehmann
The Baralaba Bridge, after rain on Tuesday.
The Baralaba Bridge, after rain on Tuesday. Vicki Bradshaw

 

"My heart goes out to the fellas out west who have been a lot longer without rain."

Leo said now that it's raining they'll start rotating their cattle through their paddocks again, which they have cut into seven areas.

Paula Heelan from Ulcanbah, Clermont, said since November 13 they have had 51mm.

"We certainly haven't had drought-breaking rain … but it has been enough to green our place up," she said.

"It was really noticeable driving into Moranbah yesterday, how the country has transformed from bone dry to green.

"We are still waiting for some decent falls."

She said the kangaroos are still coming in for the greener grass.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said with reports of severe storms it was vital the community was informed about what to do.

"Being well prepared for a severe storm makes a big difference in how well we recover," she said.

Cars should be moved undercover or away from trees, loose items should be secured, and landline phones should be avoided.

Seek shelter inside and be aware of fallen trees or powerlines.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated weather warnings and the council website's disaster hub for local information. Advice can be received via the national telephone warning system Emergency Alert.

Rainfall from Wednesday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 27

Emerald: 10.6mm

Clermont: 13.8mm

Gladstone: 36.6mm

Rockhampton: 13.8mmS

Thangool: 88.4mm

Blackall: 18.6mm

Rolleston: 11.2mm

St Lawrence: 13.8mm

Longreach: 0.8mm

Springsure: 22.2mm

Roma: 27.6mm

Blackwater: 14.2mm

Topics:  drought rain weather