COMMENT: Rain not ideal for winter cropping farmers in the Eastern Riverina

The 2012 floods.
The 2012 floods.

WHEN it comes to rain and flooding the eastern Riverina has seen it all before.

The rain event, which set in on Friday, was enough to be a nuisance but didn’t cause the emergencies or catastrophic damage of the 2012 floods. 

Early on Friday The Rock Central School had put a contingency plan in place to save the popular Christmas Fair. The fair was scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon and is a highlight on the school and community calendar.

It was a smart move and allowed organisers to move the event to Monday, December, 11.

To the south and in the Greater Hume Shire Council the planned re-opening of the Holbrook Swimming Pool, scheduled for Saturday, was also postponed. 

The heavy rain on Saturday would have ruined the event. The pool will now be re-opened on December, 9, at 9.30am. 

During the heavy rain event the Bureau of Meteorology reported that 79mm of rain fell at Lockhart.

To the east of the region towards The Rock some residents indicated higher falls of around 100mm.

And more rain fell this week.

For the region’s wheat and canola producers the rain was certainly not ideal.

Last week there was a flurry of activity as contractors and farmers tried to get crops to the silo before the forecast rain. For some the race against time was beneficial but plenty of crops, which were too green, to harvest were still left standing.

Now there will be the sombre task of counting the cost of the damage and hoping to salvage what is left. 

There was some good news in the region this week with Lockhart Shire welcoming a funding announcement that will see bridges and culverts in the region upgraded.

The announcement on Friday occurred as the the rain started to arrive and Lockhart Shire Council Deputy Mayor Greg Verdon talked about future upgrades to Burkes Creek Bridge at The Rock.