I have produced on the Water and the Land site, the rainfall anomaly plot for the whole of Australia. Of note worthy significance is the area around Sydney / Newcastle / Wollongong / Lower Hunter and Lower North Coast. Well below average rainfall has occurred in this area for the period 1 December 2010 to 28 February 2011. The anomalies or below average rainfall is the worst in Australia. While the rest of Australia has had rain from this La Nina event, this area is suffering well below average rainfalls during the period. The plot is shown below.
This area really needs some rain and it is dry. The grass has dried right out and the region is rather brown from what I have seen from the lack of rain of recent weeks / months.