RAIN ON THE HORIZON: Christmas has come early for some Central Highlanders, with some receiving falls over 100mm.
RAIN ON THE HORIZON: Christmas has come early for some Central Highlanders, with some receiving falls over 100mm. Kaleen Jasperson

Prayers met with good rain for Central Highlands

WITH the festive season upon us, presents and roast lunch are far from the mind of our primary producers who rely on Mother Nature for the greatest gift of all, rain.

Many have had their prayers answered with falls of more than 100mm recorded on Monday night.

George Agius of Paradise Downs, 90km North of Clermont, received a whopping 115mm, on top of 47mm the previous Friday.

"It's just brilliant," Mr Agius said. "It's been very dry so it's been a long time coming."

The property has been in the family for more than 40 years and the recent rainfall will help continue the family's prosperous time into the future.

"It will give us grass to keep our cattle going and replenish moisture for cropping but we need a fair bit more to secure it," Mr Agius said.

As soon as it dries out a bit, Mr Agius will be able to get around the property to gauge the impact of the rain but, in the meantime, he said a celebration of some sort would take place.

"The local school concert has been postponed," he said. "There will certainly be a bit of celebrating around."

Kathy Hawkins of Mowbray Station, Lochington, received 57mm on the Friday night and 17mm since.


"It the best Christmas present," Mrs Hawkins said.

"It's been very, very dry and we had been missing it.

"Now there is some water in the dams so we have enough to carry on."


Brendan Bradford from the Bureau of Meteorology said falls were about an average of 60mm.

"Generally we had some pretty good falls," Mr Bradford said. "There was 61mm recorded at Blackwater, 82mm at Helen Downs near Springsure, 31mm at Somersby and 5.2mm at Emerald airport."

The greatest fall recorded was 195mm at Cedarvale, south west of Gladstone.

Mr Bradford said there could be some more rain on the way.

"There is potential there," he said.

"There are chances of showers and storms right through til Friday and it should clear on the weekend.

"It will be pretty warm with a humid air mass - we'll see temperatures into the mid 30s and a peak on Thursday of around 36-38 degrees."

Where it fell

Cotherstone Station,

Dysart - 50mm

Beenboona Station,

Clermont - 63mm

Kenlogan Station,

Clermont - 54mm

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