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Here’s how the worst drought on record looks from space

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin. So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images. We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then. However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009. But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors. While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry. Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by movin..

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin. So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images. We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then. However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009. But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors. While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry. Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by moving the date on the bar in this graphic below. Story continues after the graphic. However, when it did rain, as the Bureau of Meteorology notes, there were two exceptionally wet La Nina years that brought the drought to an end with floods. When it does eventually rain, it will take months of above average falls to break the punishing drought gripping large swathes of eastern and southern Australia. Unfortunately there is not much hope for significant rain in the next three months. The Indian Ocean Dipole has tripped into unwelcome positive territory while the El Nino – La Nina Southern Oscillation Index outlook is neutral and not likely to push the East Coast into or out of drought. That means the August to October climate outlook is for a drier than average three months for most of the country, with higher than average daytime temperatures and below average rainfall. The current rainfall deficiencies have been building since the beginning of 2017 – except for parts of Victoria, Southern NSW and Northern Queensland. We've looked previously at how NSW's dams have taken a hit in the drought. Below are some images of water storages and how water levels have fluctuated across the years from 1984 to 2018. As a result, the Northern and Southern Murray Darling Basin has been exceptionally dry for a couple of years. Soil moisture levels are now level pegging with, or below, record lows across most of these regions. Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said compared to normal late winter and early spring conditions, below average rain and above average temperatures look likely. "Unfortunately the outlook looks like warmer and drier than average," he said. "Most of the eastern half of NSW has seen at least a 300 millimetre deficit and given the severity and longevity of this drought, it would take more than three months to break it." "In NSW the central and northern ranges have seen more than a 600mm deficit build up, and there are some spots closer to the coast that are 1200mm. "In the far west some areas are more than 300mm in deficit and the Bureau (of meteorology) rate their rainfall deficiency in the highest decile." There's a similar story for large parts of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland . "In Gippsland there is a severe rainfall deficit, as well as in central and eastern SA, and in southern Queensland. "Southern inland Queensland has severe rainfall deficiencies comparable to the highest on record over the past six months over a 24 month period. "North and Central Queensland have had some good rain in the past six months from ex-tropical cyclones. "A lot of the water that fell there flowed towards the south west, but it didn't make it down to the Murray Darling Basin." ABARES head of farm performance and resource economics, David Galeano said amongst drought hit regions, pockets of cropping country were faring quite well. "For the current winter crop spring rain is very important," he said. "The situation is definitely very patchy, and you can't say it's horrible everywhere. "Much of Victoria looks quite good at the moment. It had good winter rains and the winter crop looks good. The crop is looking good in South Australia and Western Australia as well. "Southern NSW looks OK in patches, but of course it's very dry in central and northern parts of the state, while much of Queensland is dry as well." Do you love local news? Get full access to the website by subscribing here.

This is now officially the worst drought on record with BOM climatologist David Jones saying the drought has now exceeded the Federation Drought, the WWII drought and the Millennium drought in terms of its severity through the Murray Darling Basin.

So we thought we'd take a look across the nation at how the drought has impacted using Google Earth Engine's Timelapse tool of satellite images.

We know the Millennium drought was bad, but as the images clearly show, it's drier now than then.

However, while the current predicament draws comparisons with the other prolonged dry run in most recent living memory, the Millennium Drought between 1997 and 2009.

But it's difficult to compare the two situations on equal terms, as the severity of drought depends on so many different social, economic and geographic factors.

While the Millenium Drought is described as a decade of drought, not every season was exceptionally dry.

Zoom in on your local area and see the changes by moving the date on the bar in this graphic below. Story continues after the graphic.

However, when it did rain, as the Bureau of Meteorology notes, there were two exceptionally wet La Nina years that brought the drought to an end with floods.

When it does eventually rain, it will take months of above average falls to break the punishing drought gripping large swathes of eastern and southern Australia.

Unfortunately there is not much hope for significant rain in the next three months.

The Indian Ocean Dipole has tripped into unwelcome positive territory while the El Nino – La Nina Southern Oscillation Index outlook is neutral and not likely to push the East Coast into or out of drought.

How some of the dams across the country were looking in 2018.

That means the August to October climate outlook is for a drier than average three months for most of the country, with higher than average daytime temperatures and below average rainfall.

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Tasmania’s hardstand on unregistered accommodation providers

Accommodation industry bodies hope the state government take a leaf out of Tasmania's book by introducing tougher controls to penalise unregistered accommodation providers and online booking platforms. Earlier this year, Tasmania introduced its Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 which included measures for online booking platforms to share their data with authorities. The act introduced measures for short stay accommodation providers to display a permit number on their listing and established a data-sharing model with online booking platforms. The model requires online booking platforms to provide government departments with quarterly data to ensure they are complying with requirements, also making it easier to enforce penalties for non-compliance. The data will also provide the government with information to analyse the impacts of short stay accommodation on housing. Registered Accommodation Providers Margaret River Region member Debbie Noonan said the Tasmanian Government's ..

Accommodation industry bodies hope the state government take a leaf out of Tasmania's book by introducing tougher controls to penalise unregistered accommodation providers and online booking platforms. Earlier this year, Tasmania introduced its Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 which included measures for online booking platforms to share their data with authorities. The act introduced measures for short stay accommodation providers to display a permit number on their listing and established a data-sharing model with online booking platforms. The model requires online booking platforms to provide government departments with quarterly data to ensure they are complying with requirements, also making it easier to enforce penalties for non-compliance. The data will also provide the government with information to analyse the impacts of short stay accommodation on housing. Registered Accommodation Providers Margaret River Region member Debbie Noonan said the Tasmanian Government's legislation was a significant step in the right direction to save the tourism industry in Australia. "We have constantly said, all short term holiday lets should be registered and comply with local planning regulations," she said. "We encourage our state government to act quickly when presented with the recommendations from the enquiry into short term holiday lets, which has recently been conducted here. "We have also called for increased penalties for those properties and booking platforms that fail to comply. "Tasmania has been held up as the "poster child" for Airbnb in this country, but they have realised the oversupply of short term holiday lets causes damage to the tourism industry and brings little benefit. "Long term renters have been evicted in favour of holiday lets, rents have risen for remaining properties, and have become unaffordable for many people resulting in an increase in homelessness. "There has also been negative effects on the wider community with tourism workers losing jobs and many Tasmanians annoyed at having pop-up hotels in their neighbourhoods." Ms Noonan said the flow of online booking platforms had also hurt the economy because accommodation providers lost around 20 cents in the dollar to overseas fees and charges. "As most of these properties are unhosted holiday homes, most of the remaining 80 cents in the dollar is syphoned off to wealthy property investors in other cities or countries," she said. "It has been estimated that half a million dollars a day is being lost from the economy in the Margaret River region alone, so urgent action is needed here. "As tourism and hospitality is the second largest employer in our region, a delay in making the changes needed is likely to cause a recession in the South-West." Australia's peak accommodation industry body, Tourism Accommodation Australia endorsed Tasmania's legislative reforms to tackle unregulated short-stay accommodation. TAA National chief executive officer Michael Johnson said the reforms showed the Tasmanian Government's understanding of the need to address unregulated short-stay accommodation. "The new Tasmanian legislation is arguably the strongest reform we have seen in Australia to date," he said. "It will implement a mandatory registration system which requires planning approval and for Airbnb to only market and sell permitted, registered and approved short-stay accommodation. "In recent years, jurisdictions around the world have moved to strengthen regulations for short-stay accommodation providers and platforms such as Airbnb – finally we are seeing effective measures being adopted here in Australia. "Tasmania has first-hand experience of how unregulated short-stay accommodation negatively impacts housing affordability, community amenity and undermines the licensed accommodation sector, so their reforms have been crafted with this experience in mind." An inquiry into short stay accommodation in WA is currently underway with the Economics and Industry Standing Committee yet to hand down its recommendations to the state government. The inquiry received almost 400 submissions with a large number coming from the South-West.

Accommodation industry bodies hope the state government take a leaf out of Tasmania's book by introducing tougher controls to penalise unregistered accommodation providers and online booking platforms.

Earlier this year, Tasmania introduced its Short Stay Accommodation Act 2019 which included measures for online booking platforms to share their data with authorities.

The act introduced measures for short stay accommodation providers to display a permit number on their listing and established a data-sharing model with online booking platforms.

The model requires online booking platforms to provide government departments with quarterly data to ensure they are complying with requirements, also making it easier to enforce penalties for non-compliance.

The data will also provide the government with information to analyse the impacts of short stay accommodation on housing.

Registered Accommodation Providers Margaret River Region member Debbie Noonan said the Tasmanian Government's legislation was a significant step in the right direction to save the tourism industry in Australia.

"We have constantly said, all short term holiday lets should be registered and comply with local planning regulations," she said.

"We encourage our state government to act quickly when presented with the recommendations from the enquiry into short term holiday lets, which has recently been conducted here.

"We have also called for increased penalties for those properties and booking platforms that fail to comply.

"Tasmania has been held up as the "poster child" for Airbnb in this country, but they have realised the oversupply of short term holiday lets causes damage to the tourism industry and brings little benefit.

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‘Disappointing response’ from deputy premier on job losses: Union

HUNDREDS of Essential Energy jobs could still be cut in the Central West and Orana with the deputy premier admitting he has so far been unable to reverse the situation. In early July the government owned energy supplier announced it would axe 182 jobs in regional NSW, a month later a leaked document revealed another 500 would be cut. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro may have come out in support of the 682 workers set to lose their jobs, but on Thursday he admitted the supplier had not heeded his calls. READ ALSO: NSW abortion inquiry gets 13,000 submissions “After weeks of calling on Essential Energy to pull back on the proposed jobs cuts in regional NSW, I am yet to receive a guarantee from the organisation that they will reverse this decision,” he said. “The NSW Government announced there would be no public sector regional job losses and as a government body, Essential Energy is expected to follow suit. “I have met with Essential Energy and made every effort to discuss this issue wit..

HUNDREDS of Essential Energy jobs could still be cut in the Central West and Orana with the deputy premier admitting he has so far been unable to reverse the situation. In early July the government owned energy supplier announced it would axe 182 jobs in regional NSW, a month later a leaked document revealed another 500 would be cut. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro may have come out in support of the 682 workers set to lose their jobs, but on Thursday he admitted the supplier had not heeded his calls. READ ALSO: NSW abortion inquiry gets 13,000 submissions "After weeks of calling on Essential Energy to pull back on the proposed jobs cuts in regional NSW, I am yet to receive a guarantee from the organisation that they will reverse this decision," he said. "The NSW Government announced there would be no public sector regional job losses and as a government body, Essential Energy is expected to follow suit. "I have met with Essential Energy and made every effort to discuss this issue with them, however, this state-owned corporation refuses to comply with government policy." The Electrical Trades Union (ETU), which represents many of the workers who will lose their jobs, said it has been left disappointed. ETU secretary Justin Page said he expected firmer action on protecting the jobs of front-line workers across regional NSW. READ ALSO: Virgin gives baggage allowance to infants He accused the National Party of "failing to live up that commitment" of saving Essential Energy workers' jobs. "This lack of progress raises questions about the authority of the Nationals in this government," Mr Page said. "John Barilaro's statement today says that 'this state-owned corporation refuses to comply with government policy' – the Nationals need to toughen up. And the Liberals need to deliver. READ ALSO: Sydney lawyer named as chair-wielding hero "This is simply not acceptable, allowing the Essential Energy CEO to walk over them and defy their policy of protecting jobs. "We are talking about communities doing it tough in the drought and job losses in our regions are just devastating." Why not subscribe.

HUNDREDS of Essential Energy jobs could still be cut in the Central West and Orana with the deputy premier admitting he has so far been unable to reverse the situation.

In early July the government owned energy supplier announced it would axe 182 jobs in regional NSW, a month later a leaked document revealed another 500 would be cut.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro may have come out in support of the 682 workers set to lose their jobs, but on Thursday he admitted the supplier had not heeded his calls.

"After weeks of calling on Essential Energy to pull back on the proposed jobs cuts in regional NSW, I am yet to receive a guarantee from the organisation that they will reverse this decision," he said.

"The NSW Government announced there would be no public sector regional job losses and as a government body, Essential Energy is expected to follow suit.

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‘One unexpected emergency, one hiccup, and you’re gone’

DUBBO woman Dawn (not her real name) is only just keeping her head above water. She works three jobs, has an adult son who she financially supports and is among thousands of people in the city who work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. In the Dubbo local government area 5106 people (18.8 per cent of all employed people) work more than one job. This is almost double the state average. READ ALSO: Former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop says women need to take up 50 per cent of federal parliamentary seats The numbers are similar in nearby council areas with 17.9 per cent of people working multiple jobs in Narromine and 19.6 per cent of people in Bogan. By comparison, in Bathurst 17.3 per cent of people hold more than one job, while it's 18.2 per cent in Orange. Dawn, who asked for her surname not to be used, works three jobs and said she feels continually stressed trying to make ends meet. “It just keeps my head above water,” she said. Two of her jobs are at one of Dubbo's..

DUBBO woman Dawn (not her real name) is only just keeping her head above water. She works three jobs, has an adult son who she financially supports and is among thousands of people in the city who work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. In the Dubbo local government area 5106 people (18.8 per cent of all employed people) work more than one job. This is almost double the state average. READ ALSO: Former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop says women need to take up 50 per cent of federal parliamentary seats The numbers are similar in nearby council areas with 17.9 per cent of people working multiple jobs in Narromine and 19.6 per cent of people in Bogan. By comparison, in Bathurst 17.3 per cent of people hold more than one job, while it's 18.2 per cent in Orange. Dawn, who asked for her surname not to be used, works three jobs and said she feels continually stressed trying to make ends meet. "It just keeps my head above water," she said. Two of her jobs are at one of Dubbo's tourist attractions where she works in guest services, her third job is teaching first aid. "I'm supporting myself and I'm supporting my adult son, who is not living with me, but he has had some significant health issues," she said. TABLE: Story continues below "By the time you pay all your bills and your rent you don't have much left over, you're really struggling then. "You've only got to have one unexpected emergency, one hiccup, and you're gone. It's very stressful." Dawn had a different, higher-paying career 15 years ago, but was medically retired and since then she has struggled. READ ALSO: Sydney CBD stabber accused a 'lone actor' "When you drop a significant amount of money it really puts you behind the eight-ball," she said. "When you're stressed you end up with medical issues and that further complicates things." Dawn said age discrimination may be illegal in NSW, but she believes it still happens. READ ALSO: Charity medical flights a big crash risk "I'm almost at retirement age and for the last five to eight years I've been unable to get a different job," she said. Even though they [employers] aren't allowed to discriminate, they do." Dawn said juggling three jobs is difficult and while she priorities her full-time job she always tries to take on as much work as she can from her two casual positions. "My priority has to be for the full time job, but with the others I go off who may have booked me first," she said.

DUBBO woman Dawn (not her real name) is only just keeping her head above water.

She works three jobs, has an adult son who she financially supports and is among thousands of people in the city who work multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

In the Dubbo local government area 5106 people (18.8 per cent of all employed people) work more than one job. This is almost double the state average.

The numbers are similar in nearby council areas with 17.9 per cent of people working multiple jobs in Narromine and 19.6 per cent of people in Bogan.

By comparison, in Bathurst 17.3 per cent of people hold more than one job, while it's 18.2 per cent in Orange.

Dawn, who asked for her surname not to be used, works three jobs and said she feels continually stressed trying to make ends meet.

You've only got to have one unexpected emergency, one hiccup, and you're gone. It's very stressful.

Dawn, Dubbo worker

"It just keeps my head above water," she said.

Two of her jobs are at one of Dubbo's tourist attractions where she works in guest services, her third job is teaching first aid.

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