Local farmer, Hamish Gosse, saw an interesting piece of landscape on his property at Mintaro recently.
Following large amounts of rain in the past couple of weeks, Hamish saw a large landslide had occurred on one of his hills.
“I’ve seen landslides before, many years ago, but they were often lumps that fell away, often due to rabbit warrens underneath,” Hamish said.
“But this one is about four feet deep, 50m wide and half a kilometre long, and was like lava, with soil just sliding all the way down to a dam at the bottom.”
“We had received about 170mm just prior to the flooding, so everything is just saturated,“ Hamish said.
Even with all the rain, Hamish said it was not really the wettest he’d seen in his more than 56 years on the property.
While Hamish said his yearly rainfall was about 37 inches thus far, he said the record for the area was 41 inches.
“That’s was back in 1956 when we received 10 inches in May!”
“It’s not the wettest year, it’s just more concentrated this time, and has replenished wells, bores and dams, which is wonderful.”