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NSW Farmers See 'First Above-Average Rain In 10 Years'

06 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Water officials in the Australian state New South Wales (NSW) have welcomed rain in southern catchments of the area, with the region having reportedly gone through the lowest inflow sequence on record.

The NSW commissioner for water, David Harriss, told ABC News that the state had seen "above-average" rainfall for the first time in a decade.

Mr Harriss went on to explain that the region's farmers had seen a good run of wet weather since Boxing Day last year, with floods in northern parts, followed by Queensland floods which flowed into NSW through March and April.

"With the rain, some allocations for irrigators are increasing, and general security allocations are likely to be increased for a number of areas soon, as we have covered just about all of the high security users and critical water supply for some time," he told the news provider.

Last week, the National Climate Centre suggested that, though many of south-eastern Australia's farmers had complained of particularly wet conditions, the region had actually seen normal winter rainfall for the first time in five years.
 

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