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    Thanks for the pics of that wet looking stuff - ahhhh the memorys

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    It's humid up north at present and with the latest spate of rain the grass seems to have grown/ long overnight. It's times like these we get quite a few extra jobs because people find their lawn mowers have broken down and the repair shops just can't keep up with the workload...
    Yeah for rain, in moderation...
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    Dont worry we wernt to sure what it was either

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    Here's a note to check the avatar is working properly after re-loading...
    The damp ground here a.t.m. is sure making it easier to get the weeds out of the gardens...and the weeds are prolific at present.
    Hope all's going well for others out there, no matter the weather conditions.
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    Nice and sunny today

    welcome back to Neil from the Phillipines
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    rain here today
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    Wednesday Evening Looking Over Dandenong 31/01/07 8.27pm
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    Lawn on the right looks like it could have a trim

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    Contractor cuts it once a month as per customers instructions with a ride on .

    A member of course .
    And on the other corner another member cuts the grass used to be cut by Jims not any more lol

    And the long bit and around the bin and the centre strip and the bottom corner, the Shire cuts the lawn arnt we lucky
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    Stage 3 Water Restrictions

    Stage 3 water restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne. The following key
    stage 3 water restrictions apply:

    No watering lawns at any time

    garden automatic dripper system midnight till 4 am

    garden manual dripper system 6 am till 8 am/8 pm till 10 pm

    no hand held hoses on vehicles



    Even numbered properties can water on Saturday and Tuesday

    Odd numbered properties can water on Sunday and Wednesdays


    Please note: Spray sprinkler systems cannot be used on sage 3 restrictions!!

    RJB Gardening Solutions can easily transform your spray watering system to a dripping system
    that is acceptable under the current restrictions.

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    It's official...Townsville is an island at present - cut off on all sides by floodwaters. The days ands days of solid rain this past week have only provided us with a few hours of non-rain and most peoples' yards are too boggy to mow yet anyway, so it's been a good time to do a bit of belated Spring cleaning and culling the paperwork, etc...which is good, in a way...
    Our Ross River dam is full to the point of overflowing at present (and could have been holding heaps more water if the new floodgates had been installed on the spillway on time, but that's another story). The Stage 2 water restrictions we have had here this year have been lifted now, but I don't think we'll need to water our lawns at all for a while anyway.
    We only managed to mow a total of 7 lawns this week, so here I sit, looking at a scheduling nightmare - how/ when are we going to get this week's backlog of 40 or so jobs done, in addition to the jobs already on the schedule for next week...hmmm. This is when another vehicle and some extra helpers would come in handy.
    I'd better get back to re-working the schedule...Ciao for now
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    Townsville Bulleten 27/01/07


    ROSS River Dam reached its highest level in five years yesterday, and experts have predicted water will be overflowing within days.


    The dam topped 21 per cent by midday, and only 34,000 megalitres of water was needed to be caught before it started flooding connecting weirs.

    Work on the dams' $115m upgrade had lowered its capacity to just 36 per cent, meaning all excess water spilled into the neighbouring Gleeson, Black and Aplins weirs.

    And the flow is expected soon, with the Townsville Bureau of Meteorology predicting heavy downpours this long weekend with thunderstorms to start today. It follows falls of about 8mm at the dam yesterday.

    NQ Water chairman Ian Hamilton said any water was good water, and it was not being wasted by running down stream.

    "If we get another 150mm of rain in the catchment there is no doubt it will overflow. It could come in the next few days 16 per cent is not far off," Mr Hamilton said.

    "Any excess water will go through the three weirs. They are overflowing now, it's good to see the wet."

    The abundant water supply is also being seen at the Paluma dam which was yesterday at 90.7 per cent capacity or 10,430ML.

    Townsville and Thuringowa city councils will meet on February 1 to discuss cutting the stage two restrictions which were introduced late last year.

    However, neither mayor has indicated they will be rushing into the decision.

    The dam level is now above the trigger point which forced the daily water bans between 9am and 4pm daily.

    Mr Hamilton said consideration had to be made shortly considering the rain levels were still well below the January average.

    The bureau had yesterday measured a total of 200 mm for the month. The monthly average is 257 mm, according to Townsville meteorologist Peter Gould.

    Mr Hamilton said the next two months would only get wetter, so the water restrictions seemed unnecessary.

    "It is up to council. We set a target and it's up to them to work the management plan. They are the people that make the decision," Mr Hamilton said.

    He said any excess water would not damage the construction work as the concrete walls and spillways were fully complete.

    Gates would be installed next month, to control the flow of water, with a hydraulic system which will be operative by mid year.

    Until the system was turned on, all excess water would overflow into the 750 square kilometre dam catchment which contained the three weirs.

    Mr Hamilton said embankment works were 75 per cent complete and major work was focusing on raising the crest and completing the filter and revegetation of the down stream face.

    "By next wet season the dam will be able to contain 240,000ML. This is up from 219,000 ML," Mr Hamilton said.

    He said if there was no rain fall, the new capacity would supply the city for four to five years.

    Workers are currently off work because of the rain but the project remained on target to be finished by early next year.

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    The Spillway, after the upgrade should be finished early 2008 if it stops bloody raining
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    Courier Mail Reports 02/02/07

    NORTH Queensland and the Northern Territory are on cyclone watch today amid concerns a tropical low on the Gulf of Carpentaria may develop into the season's first cyclone. The warning comes after heavy rains have already left dams overflowing, stranded airline passengers, and cut highways and railway lines.

    The Bureau of Meteorology in Darwin today issued a cyclone warning for Cape York and areas of the Northern Territory and will continue to monitor the area.

    The low has already caused torrential downpours across much of Queensland's north with flood waters blocking roads and rail lines between Cairns and Mackay.

    Some areas have reported more than 400mm of rain.

    About 230 people spent the night at Whitsunday airport, north of Mackay, after being stranded by flood waters.

    The passengers were due to board a flight about 8pm (AEST) yesterday but extreme weather caused the flight to be cancelled as water flooded over Lascelles Avenue, which runs from the Bruce Highway to the airport.

    More than 280mm has fallen at nearby Proserpine since 9am yesterday and rain is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.

    Meanwhile, Ingham, north of Townsville is isolated after flood waters blocked access roads.

    Flood warnings have been issued for rivers between Cooktown and Mackay and the Bruce Highway has been blocked in several places.

    The Bruce Highway is cut between Mackay and Townsville and north of Ingham, as more than 400mm of rainfall was recorded in parts of the state's north over a 24-hour period.

    Queensland Rail has cancelled passenger and freight services until at least Saturday with flood damage to the rail network in a number of locations.

    The weather also affected schools, with ABC radio reporting some teachers had to spend the night in their classrooms.

    "And it is still raining," said senior bureau of meteorology forecaster Geoff Doueal.

    Heavy rain from a monsoonal low is likely to continue for at least another two days.

    But the question everyone is asking "Can we send it down south?" is not likely to be answered anytime soon.

    "It is not expected to come down to southeast Queensland," Mr Doueal said. "We can expect mostly fine weather around Brisbane over the weekend and into early next week."

    Less than a week ago, Townsville residents faced level 3 water restrictions and today the dam is full to its existing capacity (75,000 megalitres) and flooding 2m over the spillway.

    "We were as concerned as Brisbane a week ago," said NQ Water chairman Ian Hamilton.

    "But luckily we have now got rain and enough water reserves to last us for another year and a bit more."

    Retired Townsville couple Merv and Wendy Newnham were among hundreds to witness the flooding over Aplins Weir in the lower reaches of Ross River.

    "It's been at least seven years since we have seen it so high," Mr Newnham said. "It is truly a sight to see."

    Severe weather senior forecaster David Alexander said the tropical low in the Gulf could develop into a cyclone sometime today.

    "We are expecting it to re-curve through the Gulf and probably, if it goes ashore anywhere, it is likely to do so on the Northern Territory side of the border," Mr Alexander said.

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    Townsville residents inspect the raging water coming over Aplins Weir on the Ross River. Heavy rain in the region has isolated some communities and stranded airline passengers.First Photo: Stewart McLean
    Second Photo Black's Weir, from the pub side
    Third photo The flood out at Kelso
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    its an amazing country isnt it .its either all or nothing when its to rain.stay safe up there

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    Sure is

    Sydney and Melbourne better batten down the hatches the bees have waxed in the hives they only do this when intense weather (bad) is coming so lets see if they are right.


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