Bushmans Drought Resources
For those educated in Australian schools, the words of Dorothea Mackellar recalling ‘sunburnt country’ and ‘droughts and flooding rains’ are familiar lines from our childhoods. The publication of My Country in 1908 followed on the heels of the Federation Drought (1891-1903), thought to be one of the most severe droughts in European recorded history.
In July 2019 however, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) announced the current drought exceeds the Federation, World War II and Millennium droughts in terms of the severity through the Murray Darling Basin, across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Temperatures are as high as they have been during the human era, and with lower than average rainfall since 2016 and depleted water storage, information is key in decision making and accessing support.
There are a number of indicators such as rainfall distribution and average rainfall across Australian rainfall districts that can be analysed to determine where drought is occurring and the severity of it.
Rainfall distribution in Australia varies greatly due to the sheer size of the continent. The information below provides invaluable insights into the annual rainfall in Australia and the variability between different regions.
The ongoing drought has been causing detrimental impacts upon the livelihoods of many hard-working Australians throughout the country. The mental health effects of this cannot be understated but it is important to know that support is available.
Every drop counts. Rain harvesting is the process of capturing and collecting rainwater for later re-use. The following information provides a guide on how you can make use of rainwater that would’ve otherwise gone to waste.