Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps
Minister Cripps Inspects Flood-Affected Central Queensland
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, urged landholders in the Wowan and Dululu districts to check their eligibility for assistance, as he visited the flood-affected region today.
Mr. Cripps inspected widespread damage to homes, cropping land, farm infrastructure such as sheds, fences, watercourses and roads following the recent flood event.
“In addition to the trauma experienced by people escaping flooding of their homes, extensive areas of prime farming land capable of producing food and fodder worth millions of dollars have been seriously damaged.” Mr. Cripps said.
“The greatest challenge for landholders at this time is to repair farm infrastructure and paddocks in time to plant crops this season and restock their properties to earn an income.”
“Hundreds of kilometres of twisted, bent and fallen fences across dozens of properties will need to be lifted and repaired, or fully replaced, which will be a huge expense.”
“In some cases these fallen fences have contributed to flood debris that has blocked watercourses and exacerbated flooding, which has hit the Wowan and Dululu areas hard.”
Mr. Cripps inspected the Dee and Don River valley properties with Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige and Councillor Nev Ferrier, and met several landholders affected by flooding.
“Many of the families I visited today have lost much of this year’s income through hay sheds being flooded and cropping land being damaged and now they face the cost of repairs and rebuilding.” Mr. Cripps said.
“The Newman Government is doing everything it can to support local councils and communities affected by these flood events.”
Producers should check eligibility for assistance under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) by visiting www.daff.qld.gov.au or calling 13 25 23.
For more information about how the Department of Natural Resources and Mines can assist during the flood recovery, landholders can visit http://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/
It would appear that the Gillard Government is more concerned about calling an election 8 months early than helping flood victims in Queensland.