2021 Eastern Australia Storms and Floods – updates from the Australian Government

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Coordinator-General travel

Visiting communities is a big part of our work, and we’re regularly out on the road talking to people and attending community events.
This page contains a timeline of National Drought and Flood Coordinator-General Shane Stone’s visits across rural and regional Australia.
The movements and regional locations of other Agency staff are detailed on our Regional Recovery Officer and Events pages.

Date Town Meeting
26 Mar 2021 Alice Springs

Coordinator-General Shane Stone visited the NT to review drought measures and attend the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA) Annual Conference in Alice Springs. Shane also joined local RRO Jane Mack on a visit to Undoolya Station in Central Australia.  The station has been managed by the Hayes family since 1906 and is home to the second largest European Union-accredited Poll Hereford herd in Australia.

18 Feb 2021 Darwin

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Tracey Hayes and NT Regional Recovery Officer Jane Mack visited Darwin, NT, to meet with key stakeholders and hear first-hand about the local impacts of drought.
They met with representatives from NT Farmers, the Local Government Association of the NT, the Office of Northern Australia, Rural Business Support and Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison. Topics of discussion included the advantages of working together to achieve common goals, such as attracting more investment to the region, and opportunities to apply for funding through the Future Drought Fund to assist with mitigation and preparedness for future droughts.

11 Dec 2020 Holbrook

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Greater Hume Council in Holbrook to discuss local drought impacts and projects funded under the Drought Communities Programme.  Council reports that the region has fared well in the drought, but that bushfires and the recent closure of the nearby NSW/Victoria border had impacted some property owners and people who travel for work.  

4 Nov 2020 Winton Longreach Roma

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Winton Shire Mayor and Advisory Board member Gavin Baskett. Gavin and councillors showed the team the new facilities at Corfield Racecourse and the loading ramp at the Winton Sale Yards. Both projects were supported by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme. The team also visited Winton's Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, an example of how Winton is diversifying its local economy.

3 Nov 2020 Julia Creek Richmond Hughenden

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with McKinlay, Richmond and Flinders Shire Councils to talk about the implementation of the flood long-term strategy and the importance of strong transport networks in the region. The team also met Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP and viewed the progress being made on the Kennedy Developmental Road upgrade, which will improve freight reliability and efficiency for North Queensland.  

2 Nov 2020 Four Ways Cloncurry

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Cloncurry Shire Council where they discussed a network connectivity plan which would link properties from Cloncurry to Normanton. The Agency team also met with representatives from QRIDA and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF). The Agency’s partnerships with QRIDA and QDAF have been key to delivering the right support at the right time to flood-affected primary producers, small businesses owners and community members in the region.