Dirranbandi - the town at the end of the line

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Comments (5)

Ian Stehbens on July 26, 2009

Thanks VolodyaLviv. I have seen your UFO collection and I therefore understand why you want the world to know about it.

Ian (in Tonga)

sugarbag1 on March 29, 2010

Goodmorning Ian. This a very nice shot of the runway.Sealed as well.Y*.Does it get very wet here as it looks like the runway is built up a bit.Is the town big? Sometimes in small town in Western Australia, the airport runway is only gravel.Best Regards,David

Ian Stehbens on March 29, 2010

Good morning, David.

Dirranbandi has just seen perhaps its biggest floods ever pass by. The town was surrounded by miles of floodwaters coming down the Balonne River, from Roma, Mitchell past St George. There is a levee on the eastern side of "Dirran" and it was not topped. The waters have receded there this week and now the waters are spreading their way across the plains of NW NSW headed for the Darling ---- and hopefully (surely will) continue to refresh Lake Alexandrina and The Coorong.

Your comment about the runway appearing to be raised, is the result more of an optical illusion I suspect. I don't know the strip that intimately, but I would assume it is designed to ensure it sheds water, but I doubt that it has been built on any form of embankment.

If I ever land there, I'll have a closer look. I will store your question away in my mind. (My son is a pilot.)

The local farmers along the Balonne system have been pumping floodwaters into their farm storages and most were filled, except where the storage embankment was washed away or the big Volvo pump was unable to be raised to a safe place before it went under the flood.

If any of this interests you further, explore my Cubbie Station tag, or go to my son-in-law's St George flood photos, for Michael currently lives at St George, next town upstream from Dirranbandi.

I enjoy our communications, David that takes us from bushfire to flood, Dirran to Denmark, Long White Cloud Country to White Russia.


Lachie Harry on April 11, 2012

G'day Ian

Nice shot of the airfield and township.


Ian Stehbens on April 11, 2012

G'day Harry. I am pleased to contribute to the group. This is from a flyover in a Cessna whilst on a photographic flight out of St George.


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