News

Calls to check tanks sparked by our driest February yet

HOT FEBRUARY: C&M Water Cartage proprietor Leslie Cullen says it's been a busy month as farmers do their best to survive the driest February on record.
HOT FEBRUARY: C&M Water Cartage proprietor Leslie Cullen says it's been a busy month as farmers do their best to survive the driest February on record. Jim Alouat

IT'S official: Bundaberg has experienced its driest February on record with a paltry 1.8mm of rain falling last month, leaving farmers across our region desperate for water relief.

It's the driest month in more than a century - eclipsing the previous record held for February in 1892 when 2.9mm of rain fell, according to Bureau of Meteorology data.

It means for our last summer period a total of 240.2mm of rain fell with December (182mm) and January (56.4mm) making up a large portion of the summer rainfall.

C&M Water Cartage proprietor Leslie Cullen has been delivering water to residents across the region for about 13 years and is warning people to fill up their tanks before it's too late.

"What I would stress the most is that people are probably a lot lower on water than they usually are at this time of year,” he said.

"Most people are not checking their tanks.

"In two or three weeks' time if we don't get any rain then you'll be waiting for more than a week to be topped up.”

Mr Cullen said people with two tanks are probably okay, but those with one tank are probably almost running on empty.

"The impact for customers if they do wait too long is they could ruin their pipes,” he said.

"Not every time, but if the pump doesn't trip out they are up for a new pump which costs between $800 and $1000.”

Two continuous months of searing temperatures and little rain has left Mr Cullen flat out like a lizard drinking as he is inundated with calls from residents he hasn't heard from in years.

"I had one customer I went out to three or four days ago Invicta, near Avondale,” he said.

"He said we hadn't been out to his property since 2008.”

Mr Cullen has been kept busy providing dust suppression on industrial sites such as the Knauf Plasterboard facility at the Port of Bundaberg as well as watering trees, plants and turf at a subdivision at Bargara.

"I've been putting 50,000 litres of water per day out there (Bargara),” he said.

"I've been going out to Mt Perry, Gin Gin, Deep Water, Baffle Creek, Yandaran and around town.

"I'd hate to think how many kilometres I've done.”

Topics:  dry weather farmers irrigation rain



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Balaclava-clad home invasion haunts mother

TERRIFIED: A mum has been left traumatised after nine intruders entered her home wielding weapons.

18-year-old last week pleaded guilty before a judge in Court

Woman flown to Brisbane after crash is still fighting

CRASH: Emergency service crews at the scene of a two-vehicle crash.

She sustained serious head injuries

Auswide bank wins award

Auswide Bank Bundaberg.

Loan gong for Bundaberg bank

Local Partners

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

The fact is Stefanovic is paid extremely well by a television network that lives and dies by ratings.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Big Pineapple festival safety concerns as 100s walk home

LONG WALK HOME: Many festival goers opted to take a dangerous walk home due to transport difficulty following the Big Pineapple Festival in Woombye on Saturday.

Big Pineapple festival-goers have braved dangerous walks home

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!