CLONCURRY’S acting mayor Jane McMillan said that rain this week may spare shire councillors from toughening water restrictions.
Chinaman Creek Dam overflowed on Friday morning.
The Shire Council was considering increasing its level one water restrictions next week, Cr McMillan said.
“It hasn’t dropped very much, obviously, but we were seriously looking at our water restrictions coming into the council meeting on Tuesday.
“We had been very relaxed with our water and we had a lot of evaporation due to very hot weather so this is fantastic weather to occur.”
Councillors “may be more lenient” in whether there will be further restrictions by considering the recent rainfall.
She said that Cloncurry did not get a lot of rain on Thursday night but that her station Corella Park received 36 millimetres.
“It’s coming into March so that’s great to get rain at this stage of this year.
“Hopefully we can get some over the Easter weekend.
“This rainfall is fantastic for the north west, we are getting a great body of feed.”
Rain had caused some disruption for road trains on the shire’s dirt roads.
“When these events happen it obviously slows business overall but we need the rain more than anything,” she said.
The acting mayor asked that property owners continue to “look out for their neighbours” who may still be battling the issues caused by drought.
“We know that it has rained but we also have to remember people out there are still doing it extremely tough,” Cr McMillan said.
These difficulties may include restocking and financial situations, she said.
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