This is what my state was facing for the past few years and drought has only just broken. We are now have permanent water restrictions and they are being introduced further up the coast.
Rain, this has more to do with incompetent governments encouraging further development into the South East corner of Queensland while seeking the support of the green left anti-development vote. The outcome is no new dams, no new power stations (because they don’t like coal and have an apoplectic fit if anybody so much as mentions Uranium) and hence growing restrictions. This comes as a direct result of governments failing to put the appropriate infrastructure in place to underpin this population growth.
But don’t worry, they can only fool all of the people some of the time. The response to these incompetent, ideologically driven groups will happen eventually, just like it did in the Federal Parliament yesterday with the Rudd Labor Government’s economy destroying Carbon tax being thrown out until after Copenhagen.
Now, as to droughts; we’ve had a few over the years. They're not a new phenomenon:
• 1803 Drought in NSW that produced severe crop failures.
• 1809 Beginning of an unusually severe drought in NSW that continued until 1811.
• 1813-15 Severe drought in NSW that prompted searches for new pastures.
• 1826-29 Severe drought in NSW that caused Lake George to dry up and the Darling River to cease flowing.
• 1829 Major drought in Western Australia with very little water available.
• 1835 and 1838 Sydney and NSW receive 25% less rain than usual. Severe drought in Northam and York areas of Western Australia.
• 1838-39 Droughts in South Australia and Western Australia
• 1839 Severe drought in the west and north of Spencer Gulf, South Australia.
• 1846 Severe drought converted the interior and far north of South Australia into an arid desert.
• 1849 Sydney received about 27 inches less rain than normal.
• 1850 Severe drought, with big losses of livestock across inland New South Wales (NSW) and around the western rivers region.
• 1864 - 66 (and 1868). The little data available indicates that this drought period was rather severe in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
• 1877 All States affected by severe drought, with disastrous losses in Queensland. In Western Australia many native trees died, swamps dried up and crops failed.
• 1880 to 1886 Drought in Victoria (northern areas and Gippsland); New South Wales (mainly northern wheat belt, Northern Tablelands and south coast); Queensland (1881-86, in south-east with breaks - otherwise mainly in coastal areas, the central highlands and central interior in 1883-86); and South Australia (1884-86, mainly in agricultural areas).
• 1888 Extremely dry in Victoria (northern areas and Gippsland); Tasmania (1887-89 in the south); New South Wales had the driest year since records began; Queensland (1888-89) had a very severe drought, with much native scrub dying and native animals perishing; South Australia had one of its most severe droughts; and Western Australia (central agricultural areas) lost many sheep.
During the severe, Australia wide, 1902 “Federation Drought” the total sheep population dropped to fewer than 54,000,000 from a total of 106,000,000 sheep in 1891 and cattle numbers fell by more than 40 per cent. It was 1925 before the sheep numbers reached the hundred-million mark again.
At the time of Federation, Australia suffered a major drought. There had been a number of years of below average rainfall across most of Australia before the drought. During the drought the wheat crop was "all but lost" and the Darling River was dry at Bourke, New South Wales for over a year from April 1902 to May 1903. There was concern about Sydney's water supply. In the 1911-1915 period, Australia suffered a major drought which resulted in the failure of the 1914 wheat crop.
During 1918 to 1920 a severe drought was experienced by Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory (Darwin-Daly Waters area and central Australia), Western Australia (Fortescue area), Victoria, and Tasmania.
1914, Dry river bed of Australia’s greatest river the Murray River at Kerang in Victoria
And why? Well because of this:
Regards to all