The green grass of Queanbeyan

SOAKING rains over the last six weeks has kept grounds staff at the Queanbeyan Golf Course frantically manning the mowers in a constant battle to keep on top of grass growth.

Queanbeyan has received just under 150 millimetres of rain since March 1, and has already surpassed the long-term autumn average for rainfall of 141mm with five weeks of the season still to come.

Golf course superintendent Bryan Kelly said the rain had been a welcome boost for the course, particularly after drought-like conditions in January when less than 5mm of rain fell for the month.

"The course is in great nick. Members have said that they've not see the course look better in 20 years," Mr Kelly said.

"The growth that we've got at the moment is usually the growth that we'd expect during spring, when the ground's moist, we've got a bit of warmth in the ground and the grass just goes berserk and you can't keep on top of it. We're at that situation now," he said.

It's been a drier finish to the month following the big rains of March and early April, and Weather Bureau meteorologist Louise Carroll told The Queanbeyan Age that's likely to continue over the coming weeks.

"I think we're now starting to head towards a bit more of an average to drier rainfall pattern over south-eastern Australia, so I wouldn't think there's too many more big rainfall events to come [this autumn]," she said.

That's good news for the busy Golf Course staff, with soil now at saturation point.

"It's been good rain, but we certainly don't need any more for a while," Mr Kelly said.

garden commemorating 100 years of the Red Cross society in Queanbeyan, I think, is very fitting."

The RSL is also planning to relocate the Boer War memorial in Lowe Street to the Moore Park site.

Meanwhile, Queanbeyan City Council has applied for $23,000 in funding for the project through the Department of Veterans' Affairs centenary of ANZAC funding pool. The first roses will be planted at the site in July.

* This year’s Anzac Day march, will be held at 10.20am today on Monaro Street.

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