Tenterfield rain dance implores the skies to open

Mayor Peter Petty (in suit) gets down to some dancing in Bruxner Park in the hope of bringing on rain, aided by some much cuter rain dancers from Tenterfield Child Care Centre.
Mayor Peter Petty (in suit) gets down to some dancing in Bruxner Park in the hope of bringing on rain, aided by some much cuter rain dancers from Tenterfield Child Care Centre.

Bring in the washing and break put the brollies. Desperate times lead to desperate measures and on Wednesday a handful of councillors led by Mayor Peter Petty led the community in a rain dance to hopefully bring on some drought-breaking rain.

Fortunately the councillors were aided by a much cuter dance troupe in the form of youngsters from Tenterfield Child Care Centre, who dropped into Bruxner Park to lend their support.

While the stint was intended to give flagging community spirits a bit of a boost in the face on ongoing water restrictions and a dry future, it did focus attention on the need to conserve the little water that's left in the town dam.

"It's all about the water and it's all about rain, but we're a resilient community," Cr Petty said.

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He was supported by Crs Greg Sauer, Gary Verri and Tom Peters (on his one good leg) in their rendition of the chicken dance along with some of the braver members of the community, but thankfully the kids were on hand to share the load.

(There was some suggestion that the councillors' moves may have frightened away any rain that was coming our way.)

Matt Richardson and Gayle Wilkinson from the Potting Shed man the grill for the free sausage sangas following the rain dance.

Matt Richardson and Gayle Wilkinson from the Potting Shed man the grill for the free sausage sangas following the rain dance.

Even the youngster members of the community are taking home the water conservation message, learning that 'if it's yellow, leave it mellow'.

"Having a farm and a business in town, I can see there's been a downturn," rain dance organiser Matt Richardson of the Potting Shed said.

He said it was important to engage the community, and to spread the word in town to conserve water.

"If you're out on a farm, you're doing that anyway," he said.

Tenterfield Dam currently sits at 33 per cent, with little rain predicted although Wednesday's effort may change all that.

Check out the effort..

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