Temporary transfer water an option

IRRIGATORS have been afforded another 10,000 megalitres of temporary transfer water on the Bundaberg supply scheme, an option that Austchilli farm manager Craig Hall said he would look at, albeit grudgingly.

“I don’t really want to buy more, considering we only get 50% of what we pay for as it is. But if allocations remain as they are and we continue to miss out on the rain, it’s something we definitely need to look at,” Mr Hall said.

The announcement follows the availability of 15,000 megalitres of temporary transfer from Burnett Water at a cost of $20 a megalitre — $10 cheaper than the recent release.

The farmer, who has been at Austchilli for six years, said it was the driest he had seen it.

“Usually you get a storm or two, but everything seems to have missed us so far. It’s not good when the first big storm misses; you think it’s a sign of things to come,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicted the overcast conditions would clear today and tomorrow, with clear skies forecast for Thursday.

Without ruling out the chances of a thunderstorm, a bureau forecaster said all signs pointed towards a sunny Christmas.

“Our best Christmas present would be a downpour of 100mm in the next week. That’s what we are all hoping for,” Bundaberg Canegrowers president Allan Dingle said.

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