SW Qld and the floods.

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Subject: SW Qld and the floods.
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 23:53:35 +1100
I caught the end of an interview this afternoon on ABC (Sydney) drive time
radio with Richard Glover and the Lady Mayoress of St George.- maybe it's on

She said she was no spring chicken and had lived in the area all her life
but never had she seen such conditions. The grass already was waist high and
that was just from the rains in Jan. The upstream dam (can't remember the
name) was now over flowing and pumping 200 megalitres a day and would for
several more days. She said the old timers and their collective memories all
talked with awe of the great rains of the 1890's but these recent falls had
beaten those records.

On the need for assistance she seemed quite sanguine and seemed to indicate
whilst there would inevitably be some short term problems everyone, after
years of drought, was just so excited about what this would do for the local
economy and environment. I got the feeling they were dancing in the
streets. She also indicated conditions would last easily into spring. So no
great rush but augers well for Sept/Oct. Watch out for nude "grey" nomads
running around though..

Following the Christmas and New Year rains in Qld and inland NSW I posted a
few weeks ago a report that NSW and SA governments had agreed on a release
of some 200 gigalitres from the Darling to flush out the lower Murray lakes.
Good for a year or so they said. So Bill this will come on top which is
excellent news.

Chris Gregory

On 5 March 2010 22:16, david taylor <> wrote:

> Great stuff Bob - brilliant report - you got me excited and in planning
> mode already!!  Like others - whats your spin on when you think it will be
> best - perhaps Septemberish?    cheers David Taylor
> On 05/03/2010, at 7:19 PM, Robert Inglis wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Members of this forum and birdwatchers in general who are familiar, or
> would like to be familiar, with that part of Queensland which is currently
> experiencing the greatest floods for, in some cases, over 100 years must
> surely be watching this event with a mixture of compassion and great
> anticipation.
> > Over the past 35 years I have visited towns and locations such as St
> George, Bollon , Charleville, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Hungerford, Lake
> Bindegolly, Currawinya NP many times both for work and play. My heart goes
> out to the people of that area knowing what trials and travails they are
> being put through just now. But my heart also speeds up and pumps harder
> knowing what the results of this tremendous inundation will bring that will
> benefit that part of Queensland and other parts of Australia.
> > Later this year that part of Queensland should explode in a cascade of
> colour as the wildflowers burst forth to create a spectacle which will leave
> the fabled wildflower scenes of Western Australia for dead!
> > You don't believe me? Go take a look!
> > I have had the privileged experience of being in that 'country' when the
> wildflowers were at their best - a long time ago, yes, but, believe me, I
> have never seen such colours and scenes elsewhere in this most awesome of
> countries.
> > Queenslanders, WA is great but SW Qld is the best is
> just down the road.
> >
> > I, for one, am already planning to visit SW Qld later this year. It has
> been a long time since I saw Lake Bindegolly and the lakes of Currawinya NP
> full and I pine to see that spectacle again.
> > I can imagine myself going 'troppo' photographing the vast variety of
> tiny wild flowers and I might even indulge in a fantasy I have long had -
> strolling naked through a vast sea of pure white everlasting daisies. I
> hasten to advise that anyone taking the trip to there on the off chance that
> they might witness that event should think twice - my ego would be severely
> chastened knowing that no one was looking at me.
> > Seriously, I suggest that as many of us as possible make the journey to
> SW Qld later this year to see what nature can produce and also to spend some
> of our ill-gotten gains there for the benefit of the long suffering locals.
> > You never know, there might also be masses of birds. The last time I saw
> Lake Bindegolly full I gave up counting the Hoary-headed Grebes at two
> thousand. And Freckled Ducks............well.......
> >
> > I am breathless in anticipation.
> >
> > Bob Inglis
> > Sandstone Point
> > Qld
> > Australia
> >
> >
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