The tiny south-western Queensland town of Eromanga is still celebrating after receiving its first decent rain in seven years over the weekend. Publican Anastasia Theodore says more than 57 millimetres fell, much to the delight of some local children who had never seen rain before. She says while some oil and gas exploration in the region may have been held up, it has been a tremendous boost to the community and for local graziers.
"The whole townspeople I would say are absolutely ecstatic ... flabbergasted and just thrilled with joy and happiness and tears of joy I suppose and seeing the face of children who'd never seen rain before at the age of four ... I think is pretty special," she said.
Other drought-stricken regions to receive rain over the weekend included Charleville with 46mm, Quilpie 39mm, Windorah and Thargomindah recorded 36mm and Blackall 30mm. A south-west Queensland grazier says he is hoping the weekend rain signals the "beginning of the end" of the worst drought in history.
Brian Rutledge from near Quilpie says there will be much more rain needed if the region is to recover from drought and lose its title of 'Heartbreak Corner'. "No, I think it'll take a while to shake off the nickname Heartbreak Corner," he said.
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