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QLD farmers get a drenching, Hunter Valley drought worsens

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Farmers across western Queensland and northern New South Wales are celebrating following a heavy drenching of rain over the weekend.

North-west Queensland has received the most significant falls, with more expected in the coming days.

Areas near Cloncurry, Blackall, Innisfail and Cooper received more than 100mm, causing short-term flooding and damage but bringing much-needed relief.

There hasn’t been significant rainfall since Christmas, leaving dams at dangerously low levels.

Bill called Alan Jones from Brewarrina in northern New South Wales.

You can hear the relief in his voice after receiving almost 50mm.

Click PLAY below to hear Bill’s call

But for farmers in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, the drought just gets worse.

Alan speaks with a former Rugby captain of his, Anto White, about the dire situation at his property near Scone.

“This area here is desolate. We’ve got something like 30,000 acres here and not a blade of grass. We’ve got three rivers on our property, not one running.

“Farmers are desperate.”

Click PLAY below to hear Anto’s emotional update on the drought