Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bunyas Signal a Drought; Mooloo Cropper Sees Natural Signs

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bunyas Signal a Drought; Mooloo Cropper Sees Natural Signs

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

WE MAY get a decent wet season this year, but veteran Mooloo crop farmer Len Carlson says don't bet on it.

Mr Carlson says the wisdom of the ages, as relayed to him in his youth by one of the district's earliest settlers, is that the bunya pines tell the story.

"If they're not bearing by now, you are not going to get decent rainfall," he said yesterday.

"They don't have a big harvest every year, but there are usually a couple about.

"I haven't seen one cone of nuts this year and we've got a lot of trees here.

"The trees don't produce a lot of nuts in years when there is unlikely to be enough rain for them to germinate.

"I've never seen a year before where there were none at all," he said.

Zaccaria Skyring, he explains, was one of the area's earliest European inhabitants.

His pioneer family gave their name to Skyring Creek and Skyring Creek Rd.

"He grew up among the aboriginal people and he said they told him the bunya pines were a reliable guide. …

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