November 2021, the wettest month in a century is behind us, but it’s clear that December and January have had more rain to bring. As our teams work hard to keep our sites safe and well-presented in rain or shine, we thought we’d share an insight into what this season of extreme weather has been like for our teams and some tips on how to stay safe when coming on-site.
The past few months have delivered unexpectedly wild and wet weather across our state, with the mixture of extreme rainfall and heat bringing challenges for every devoted gardener in Australia. October 2021 recorded above average rainfall in every Melbourne suburb, November was labelled as ‘the wettest month in 122 years’ and more recently, we entered into the ‘wettest January on record’. The Bureau of Meteorology tells us we have entered La Niña - a pattern of weather across the Pacific that is likely to result in eastern and northern Australia facing wetter than average conditions all summer.
Across our sites, extreme weather has a big impact. With a large portion of our grounds exposed to natural elements, wind, rain, extreme heat and hail bring many potential challenges and hazards (and a whole lot of mud!). Of course, this impacts not only the workload and focus of our teams but also the experience of our visitors. For our community, who have had so many challenges through this difficult year in addition to the pain of loss, it has been an additional burden to have weeks of icy and wet visits through muddy ground, temporarily closed roads, as well as extreme wind and heat.