Pokie Outperformance / Underperformance

Cairns continues to out outperform / underperform when it comes to pokie win / player loss. I guess this is a matter of perspective. Some interesting graphs in this data though.

Gaming February

February growth in Cairns SA4 at 8.5% was well above Queensland at 5.1%. Townsville lagged badly with just 1.2% growth for the month.

Pokie infiltration became something of an issue in the recent Tasmanian election.


Water Escalation

Tinaroo is now at 71% of capacity. Up from 47.7% at the end of February. Still a way to go to full supply.

Tinaroo 1103

Weekly Tropical Climate Note:

Coastal parts of tropical Queensland experienced very heavy rainfall during the past week. Widespread totals of more than 500 mm were recorded on the east coast between Mossman and Ingham. Some sites near Innisfail, the wettest region in Australia on average, had more than 900 mm during the week. The highest rainfall total of 926 mm was recorded at Topaz rainfall station. Significant flooding and infrastructure damage was widely reported across the region.



Dam Divergence

A look at dam levels following recent rainfall events updated to February 28 at the BOM.

FEbruary climate 2FEbruary climate 3

Seasonal inflows at Tinaroo have pushed it back up towards 50% while the Burdekin was at 105% on February 28. Data at Sunwater has the Burdekin surging up over 130% in the four days since.

The Burdekin has generally maintained higher levels over recent years while Tinaroo has declined.  Burdekin capacity is over four times larger than Tinaroo but there is a huge difference in catchment. Barron River et tropics catchment for Tinaroo is quite limited at 545 km². The Burdekin catchment is listed as 114,220 km² at Wikipedia albeit in a much drier climate. Rainfall down at Cairns has been only just very slightly below average over the past year to February. Tinaroo catchment seems to have missed out in recent years.

The Nullinga Dam proposal on the southern tableland has also been in the news recently with the business case to be progressed.