Dry times for the region

By Cobram Courier

It appears the region is in for another dry year.

Last year, Cobram received 320mm of rain, 172.5mm below the average for the past 10 years.

And, by the looks of things, this year is not shaping up to be much better.

Two storms which went through area on Friday, March 29, provided 19mm, more than the total amount of rain recorded in January.

So far this year, January saw Cobram receive between 5mm and 12mm, 5mm to 20mm in February and 24mm to 75mm in March.

‘‘We’ve been in a 10-year drought cycle and I don’t think that will change any time soon,’’ Cobram’s Ron Renfrew said.

‘‘I hope I’m wrong, but I think we’re in for an awful year.’’

Mr Renfrew has seen a need to take action.

‘‘As a part of the Neighbourhood Watch, we wanted to raise money for the farmers. We initially wanted to send money up to Queensland, but we knew there was need for funding here too,’’ he said.

The team set up a stall outside the Cobram Woolworths and raised $1494 for the drought-stricken farmers.

‘‘All the support from the locals was fantastic, it was great to see,’’ Mr Renfrew said.