• The Barwon River flowing over the Brewarrina Fish Traps (Christopher 'Burra' McHughes)Source: Christopher 'Burra' McHughes
Locals in northern New South Wales have rejoiced over the weekend, as once dry riverbeds began to overflow from the rains upstream.
NITV Staff Writer

17 Feb 2020 - 4:48 PM  UPDATED 17 Feb 2020 - 4:52 PM

The recently dry river beds at the Brewarrina weir in northern New South Wales have been replenished over the weekend, bringing back to life the location of the national heritage listed fish traps, also known as Baiame's Ngunnhu. 

In a video posted to Facebook, Brewarrina local Bradley Gordon was audibly in shock as he panned the camera to a fast filling section from the Barwon River.

"There she goes, folks, the weir's running fully and ready. It's good to see aye," Mr Gordon can be heard saying. 

Mr Gordon described seeing children and fish swimming.

"Oh it's good aye... as we're just standing here the water's coming up a lot. The ground's getting softer, and it's muddy here where we're standing. 

"Little cracks and things are filling up, couple minute's ago that was dry."


The local Brewarrina Newspaper reported that 22 pelicans were spotted on the Barwon River on Monday morning. 

A drone shot of the river taken by Burra McHughes shows it flowing towards the Barka (Darling) River, headed for Bourke. It's hoped the fast moving stream will reach Wilcannia this week. 

It comes following similar activity in the Namoi River north of Gunnedah last week, as drought-stricken regional towns continue to reap the benefits of the state's recent heavy rainfall. 

Elsewhere in the New England tablelands, locals have taken photos in creek beds which were completely dry two months ago.