Along with many other rural communities in NSW and Queensland, the Western Downs town of Meandarra was in danger of being forced into oblivion early last century by the prickly pear scourge. Saved by the release of the Argentinian moth cactoblastic catorum in an extraordinarily successful experiment to biologically control the cactus, Meandarra is now a vibrant farming and grazing community on the banks of the Brigalow Creek in the Condamine Valley region of the Tara Shire. It is an area rich, too, in rare and diversified native flora and fauna. The silos and weighing bridges in this big wheat-growing area are among the biggest in Queensland. There are fish to be lured on to the hook in the Condamine and Balonne rivers to the north of Meandarra, which takes its name from the local Aboriginal word for 'plenty of water,' while fossickers might well scratch up some petrified wood, fossils or gemstones round Eddington to the north-east.