Where we have been

November 2020
Date Town Meeting
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. 

1 Nov 2020 Burketown

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Burke Shire Council to continue discussions about connectivity, which was a common theme on this trip. Council told us that that improving connectivity would boost tourism and ensure the future vitality of the community.

October 2020
Date Town Meeting
30 Oct 2020 Normanton Karumba

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Carpentaria Shire Council to discuss connectivity in the region, including improved roads and telecommunications to ensure the safety and sustainability of the community. Building more resilient infrastructure, fostering connected communities and supporting info enabled regions are all pillars of our flood long-term strategy. The team also dropped by the famous green Gallagher Butchering in Normanton to pick up some award-winning snags.

29 Oct 2020 Georgetown

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Etheridge Shire Council, local cattle producers and representatives from the Gulf Cattlemen's Association. The group reported strong interest in the $400,000 co-contribution Restocking Replanting and On-Farm Infrastructure grants leading into this wet season. The group also discussed the delivery of the flood long-term strategy, with council and the community keen to improve the Shire's connectivity and disaster mitigation capability.

28 Oct 2020 Ingham

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Hinchinbrook Shire Council to hear about recovery progress in the area since the 2019 NQ flood. Council provided an update on recovery, betterment and diversification projects in the shire. They reported encouraging early results with dry land rice that can handle volatile weather, and an upcoming soybean trial. The team also met with AgForce North mapping staff, as well as local producers and a Rural Financial Counsellor from the region.

27 Oct 2020 Townsville Ayr

Beginning a tour of North Queensland to discuss the implementation of the long-term strategy for the region’s economic, social and environmental recovery and future prosperity after the 2019 NQ flood, Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited a Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation in Townsville before heading to Ayr to meet with Burdekin Shire Council. The team also visited the Burdekin River to see DRFA funded repairs made to parts of the riverbank damaged in the flood. 

14 Oct 2020 Kangaroo Island

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Kingscote Council and financial counsellors from the Rural Business Support Office.  The group also met with a local Drought Recovery Officer and visited the Parndana Recovery Centre, which was set up in January 2020 to support those affected by the Kangaroo Island bushfires. 

12 Oct 2020 to 13 Oct 2020 Peterborough Orroroo Carrieton Clare Cambrai Finniss Goolwa

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff team met with members of Carrieton-Orroroo, Mid-Murray and Alexandrina councils, local farmers and other community representatives.  The team also visited properties in the area, including Nomad Farms, which is well known for its sustainable farm practices and is a recipient of numerous Landcare and produce awards.

11 Oct 2020 Yunta Peterborough

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited a farm near Yunta before meeting with Peterborough council where the group heard about upgrades to local amenities using funding from the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme. 

9 Oct 2020 to 10 Oct 2020 Karoonda Berri Loxton Burra

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with farmers, local councils and Rural Financial Councillors to hear about conditions on the ground, plans for recovery and projects funded by the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme. The team also met with Tim Whetstone - Member for Chaffey - who is a strong advocate for local farmers and businesses.

4 Oct 2020 Charters Towers Calcium

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited local properties to speak to primary producers, industry representatives and local councils about their 2019 North Queensland flood event recovery efforts. The team met with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Charters Towers and AgForce North to talk about ways to continue working together to support farmers in the region.  

3 Oct 2020 Julia Creek

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Julia Creek to get an update from local graziers and small business owners on their recovery following the 2019 North Queensland flood. 

2 Oct 2020 Longreach Winton

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Central West Hospital to discuss mental health and wellbeing support, then travelled to Winton to meet with the Deputy Mayor and CEO to get an update on the shire’s recovery from the 2019 North Queensland flood and the appointment of Community Development and Industry Recovery Officers. The Agency also heard about weed and pest control projects and the construction of cellular towers funded with the $1 million the shire received from the Drought Communities Programme.

1 Oct 2020 Longreach

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Longreach to see how the region is managing in its eighth year of drought and learn about their plans for disaster recovery. The team met with Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland to hear about the work being done by the RFCS to help farmers and small businesses improve their operations and be better prepared for the next drought.  Shane also met with the Longreach Mayor and CEO and joined the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Board Meeting.

September 2020
Date Town Meeting
30 Sep 2020 Blackall Longreach

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Blackall-Tambo Regional Council in Blackall, Qld. The group toured the new hospital being built and discussed local emergency management arrangements. They then travelled on to Longreach, where Shane presented to the Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference via a video link to discuss recovery from the 2019 North Queensland flood. Speaking on a panel with Jane McNamara, Susan Dowling and Sandy Gillies, Shane spoke about the importance of having an Australian Government agency charged with leading recovery in the affected region, ensuring that the support and solutions are locally led, locally understood and locally implemented.

29 Sep 2020 Roma Morven Charleville

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Maranoa Regional Council, Senator for Queensland James McGrath and Melissa Kimlin from AgForce Queensland at the newly refurbished Roma Saleyards. The group discussed the importance of making both community and on-farm water infrastructure available to build drought preparedness, and the role the Future Drought Fund will play in encouraging diversification and helping farmers to make important business decisions. The team then headed to Charleville, where Murweh Shire Council Mayor Shaun Radnedge took the group to view the new Morven Freight Hub, which received $4.18 million from the Building Better Regions Fund.

28 Sep 2020 Chinchilla

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Western Downs Regional Council and Jenny Gailey from Drought Angels in Chinchilla, NSW, to discuss local drought impacts and how the community is supporting those hardest hit. Western Downs Regional Council is a recipient of Drought Communities Programme funding.

23 Sep 2020 Darwin

Coordinator-General Shane Stone met with the CEO of Rural Business Support Brett Smith in Darwin to discuss the appointment of an RFCS counsellor to be based in Darwin.

3 Sep 2020 Bungendore

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Mulloon Creek Natural Farms near Bungendore, NSW, to see regenerative land management practices and drought-proofing innovations in action, managed by The Mulloon Institute.  

August 2020
Date Town Meeting
28 Aug 2020 Cooma

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff attended the Bush Summit in Cooma, NSW, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched the Agency’s Regional Recovery Officer network. Shane also met with the newly-appointed Australian Soils Advocate, Penny Wensley.  

July 2020
Date Town Meeting
24 Jul 2020 Wagga Wagga Holbrook

Coordinator-General Shane Stone met with Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina Michal McCormack in Wagga Wagga, NSW, to give him a comprehensive update on how regional communities are faring in regard to drought. While in the region, Shane visited a sports ground at Holbrook, which will receive an upgrade with Drought Communities Programme funding.

8 Jul 2020 Parkes Dubbo

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Parkes Shire Council in Parkes, NSW. The shire’s Drought Response Officer Roger Kitson provided a presentation on the drought’s varied impacts and outlined some of the programs they have delivered as a result of their research, such as free Succession Planning sessions. The DRO role is funded through the Drought Communities Programme funding. The team then travelled to Dubbo, NSW, where they met with Dubbo Regional Council to receive an update on how they’ve used their DCP funding, including upgrades to the CBD, showgrounds, saleyards and Wellington library

7 Jul 2020 Leeton Whitton Forbes

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Leeton Shire Council in Leeton, NSW, learning about the projects that had been completed with its first round of Drought Communities Programme funding, and how it was intending to spend the second round. The team saw how the heritage-listed Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission Building (WC&IC) had been transformed into the Leeton Museum and Gallery, which has become a very popular tourist attraction. The group then travelled to Whitton where they toured the Southern Cotton Gin and met with the directors, hearing about how they had created the gin as a way to diversify their farming practices. The group then travelled on to Forbes, where they met with the Forbes Shire Council to discuss local drought impacts and DCP funded projects

6 Jul 2020 Temora

A team from the Agency visited Temora in NSW, where they caught up with Councillors and staff of Temora Shire Council, which recently received its second round of Drought Communities Programme funding. Our team were told the funding had made a big difference to the community, with most local groups benefiting as a result.

June 2020
Date Town Meeting
18 Jun 2020 Orbost and Bairnsdale

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Regional Recovery Officers Lana Young and Dean Jones and other Agency staff met with farmer and former Livestock President of Victorian Farmers Federation Chris Nixon on his property ‘Bete Bolong’ near Orbost. The team also spoke with Peter Honey, a former vet and now cattle producer and his wife Jeanette on their neighbouring property.

The team then made its way to Bairnsdale to meet with Rural Financial Counselling Service Gippsland Senior Coordinator Jenny Mason, Agriculture Vic’s Regional Manager for Gippsland Nick Dudley and CEO of East Gippsland Shire Council Anthony Basford to discuss all levels of government working together to build drought preparedness in the region. 

17 Jun 2020 Bega Genoa

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Local Land Services (LLS), a NSW Government Agency, to learn about obstacles to drought and bushfire recovery in the South East Coast region. The group discussed the LLS led drought workshops, challenges to dam and irrigation facilities and bushfire support for farmers.
The team then travelled to Genoa in Victoria to visit a grazier who lost 80 head of cattle in the bushfires. The group discussed support for herd rebuilding, Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans and the journey towards recovery.

16 Jun 2020 Cooma Nimmitabel Bega

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with the Snowy Monaro Regional Council to hear about the impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 in the region.  The group also discussed connectivity blackspots and the appointment of Bushfire Recovery Officers.

The team then met with the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Southern Region before heading to ‘Kenilworth’, a sheep and cattle property in Nimmitabel, to meet with farmers, shearing contractors and small business owners.  The meeting covered many topics, including awareness of drought assistance available, JobKeeper allowance, off-farm income, freight subsidies, cluster fencing and the next generation of farmers in the area.

12 Jun 2020 Wodonga Corryong

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with the Rural Financial Counselling Service office in Wodonga. The group discussed the workings of the local RFCS, the things going well and what could be improved to deliver a higher level of support to primary producers. The team then travelled to Corryong and met with the Deputy Mayor of Towong Shire Council, Andrew Whitehead.  Mr Whitehead updated the team on the health of farming in the shire and how the community were managing with the drought and in the aftermath of bushfires.

11 Jun 2020 Lockhart

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Lockhart Council to discuss barriers to accessing drought support, local infrastructure and community wellbeing. 
The team then met with the Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) to get an update on the health of farm businesses in the region and the impact of bushfires on local farming. 
A common theme for both meetings was the need for improved communication so that more eligible people are aware of the drought support options available.
 

March 2020
Date Town Meeting
23 Mar 2020 to 25 Mar 2020 Darwin

(This trip was originally intended to include Katherine, Alice Springs and areas of South Australia but was curtailed due to travel restrictions imposed because of Covid-19.)

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff travelled to Darwin to meet with government and non-government representatives and discuss current issues related to drought. Alister Trier, Chief Executive, Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries and other key staff from DPIF discussed the appointment of an RFCS counsellor for the NT, as well as deliveries to remote stations that had been cancelled due to Covid-19. Ashley Manicaros, CEO of NT Cattleman’s Association also discussed issues with deliveries to remote stations, including representations he had made to the NFF and media on behalf of affected stations and communities. NT Farmers’ CEO Paul Burke and Andrew Philip, Katherine and Regional Industry Development Officer, discussed opportunities in and around Katherine for the horticulture industry.

9 Mar 2020 to 14 Mar 2020 Swan Hill Wodonga Albury Cobram Deniliquin Mildura Birchip

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff recently travelled through drought-impacted parts of Victoria’s Murray Valley. Meetings were held with local Councils to hear about how they are spending the Australian Governments Drought Community Programme funding, by using local contractors and materials to deliver a range of projects and infrastructure into their local government areas. Rural Financial Counsellors gave an update on what type of assistance and advice is being sought from businesses and farmers in their regions and what the common issues are that they are hearing on the ground. Horticulture, cropping and dairy industry representatives gave an overview on the challenges being faced by their members but also some stories about how their industries have withstood these difficult times and continued to deliver their produce and products. Mental health was raised consistently during the trip and we heard about some of the strategies being put in place to ensure people in need are able to access the services they require. Local Members of Parliament and Senators are always willing to meet and discuss the priorities they see in their States and electorates. We also got to meet many locals on the road who were happy to share their own individual stories about how the drought is affecting their families and businesses.

February 2020
Date Town Meeting
24 Feb 2020 to 27 Feb 2020 Winton Cloncurry

Agency staff attended the Remote Area Planning Development Board (RAPAD) meeting in Winton to gain insights into how RAPAD regions are faring in the current drought as well as the recovery from the 2019 monsoon flood event.
The team also visited the Winton Dinosaur Museum to learn about their expansion plans and other business innovations.
In Cloncurry they met with Greg Campbell – current Mayor and Agency Board member – as well as Dr Tim Driscoll from the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Susan Dowling from Sisters of the North charity to discuss issues such as mental health and community wellbeing.
 

21 Feb 2020 Launceston

The Coordinator-General provided a progress update to the Agricultural Minister’s Meeting in Launceston. This was informed by a cross-jurisdictional drought working group that met on 6 February in Brisbane to look at opportunities to improve access to support programs for affected farmers and communities across all levels of government. Mr Stone underscored the importance of all levels of government working harmoniously to support people affected by drought and that better collaboration and communication across federal, state, territory, local government and the community is essential. No single level of government has all the answers.

20 Feb 2020 Launceston Powranna

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Advisory Board member David Galvin and Agency staff met with the CEO of Tasmanian Irrigation to learn about irrigation schemes across the state.
The team also met with a rural business and financial counselling service and visited the largest feedlot in Tasmania, to see the innovative ways the business is preparing black angus cattle for sale.
 

19 Feb 2020 St Helens Fingal Launceston

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Advisory Board member David Galvin and Agency staff joined Break O’Day Council members on a tour of local infrastructure projects funded by the Drought Communities Programme.
The projects have provided direct employment for local people and include updates to streetscapes and community buildings.
The team also visited an Angus beef farm to learn how drought conditions are affecting local graziers and pastoralists.
 

18 Feb 2020 Hobart Triabunna Cranbrook

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Advisory Board member David Galvin and Agency staff are visiting drought-affected regions in Tasmania’s east.
The team met with primary producers and visited a vineyard in the Tea Tree wine district to learn first-hand the local priority issues. 
They also met with Liberal Senator for Tasmania, the Hon. Jonathon Duniam, members of the not-for-profit organisation Rural Alive & Well, and held discussions with Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on projects undertaken through the Drought Communities Programme.
 

7 Feb 2020 Canberra

Coordinator-General Shane Stone presented at the Drought Roundtable at Parliament House in Canberra.  The meeting was chaired by Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and attended by representatives from the National Farmers' Federation, the Australian Banking Association, the Australian Local Government Association and state farming bodies.

6 Feb 2020 Brisbane

Coordinator-General Shane Stone chaired a meeting of the Agricultural Ministers' Working Group on Drought, with representatives from state and territory governments in attendance.  The group met to explore ways of improving the effectiveness and coordination of drought recovery programs nation-wide.  The meeting will report back to the next Agriculture Ministers’ Forum

January 2020
Date Town Meeting
28 Jan 2020 Orange

The National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency held its inaugural Board meeting.  The Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP attended the meeting, along with the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management the Hon David Littleproud MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.

22 Jan 2020 Orange

Coordinator-General Shane Stone had meetings with the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.  He also met with the Mayor of Orange, held a working lunch with local community members and visited a drought affected sheep property in the Cabonne Shire.

17 Jan 2020 Tenterfield Stanthorpe Esk

The team held a breakfast meeting with local Rotary members and others. At Stanthorpe they met with council and other officials to learn about dams and water infrastructure projects in the region. At Esk they met with the Mayor of Somerset Regional Council to discuss drought concerns and ideas to better support affected communities.

16 Jan 2020 Bingara Inverell Tenterfield

The team travelled through the Northern Tablelands to meet with local councils and see how the $1 million Drought Communities Programme funding is being used. They also met with the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) to discuss drought loans for farmers.

15 Jan 2020 Bourke Walgett Coonamble Narrabri

The team continues to hear about the drought's impact, and ideas about the immediate response and ongoing recovery efforts that are needed.

14 Jan 2020 Moree Bourke

The team met with local government representatives and community members in Moree and Bourke.

13 Jan 2020 to 14 Jan 2020 Goondiwindi

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with more than 30 different representatives across small business, health, local government and primary production to discuss the local impacts of the drought and resulting challenges. 

December 2019
Date Town Meeting
19 Dec 2019 Barcaldine Tambo Blackall

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Dunraven Station near Barcaldine and Mt Macquarie Station near Tambo to learn about the devastating impact that wild dogs can have on livestock.
They also saw first-hand the benefits of barrier and cluster fencing in protecting stock numbers.

19 Dec 2019 Longreach

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited properties in Longreach to see how funding for on-farm infrastructure like exclusion fencing helps to keep operations viable during drought. The team also met with two local charities who are working together to deliver drought assistance.

17 Dec 2019 Boulia Winton Longreach Barcaldine

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Mayor of Boulia Rick Britton and CEO Lynn Moore in Boulia; Mayor of Winton Gavin Baskett and Councillor Tina Elliott in Winton; the Queensland Drought Commissioner Vaughan Johnson in Longreach and Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler, Deputy Mayor Jenni Gray and Councillor Sean Dillon in Barcaldine.  Various aspects of drought and flood recovery were discussed, including plans to utilise Commonwealth funding to support small businesses and the local workforce in drought resilience building efforts, water security and exclusion fencing.

16 Dec 2019 Alice Springs

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff visited Mt Riddock Station 200km north-east of Alice Springs to hear about the drought impact on their stock numbers and discuss the need for governments to support the primary production industry at the farm gate through education and community capacity building.

15 Dec 2019 Alice Springs

Coordinator-General Shane Stone met with Mayor of Alice Springs Damian Ryan to discuss the impact of drought on central Australia, and ways in which Government at all levels can work together to ease the financial burden on affected families and support preparedness for future droughts.

14 Dec 2019 Alice Springs

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Agency staff and Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association CEO Ashley Manicaros visited Elkedra and Ammaroo stations in Alice Springs to learn about the importance of connective infrastructure such as bitumen roads and mobile towers in helping primary producers manage their businesses and improve self-sufficiency.

13 Dec 2019 Barkly Shire

Coordinator-General Shane Stone, Agency staff and Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association CEO Ashley Manicaros visited Beetaloo, Newcastle Waters and Phillip Creek Station stations in the Barkly Shire to see first-hand the drought impacts on properties in the region. The group also met with Mayor of Barkly Regional Council Steve Edgington to discuss how drought conditions are affecting the town and local pastoralists.

12 Dec 2019 Katherine

Coordinator-General Shane Stone and Agency staff met with Ashley Manicaros, CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association and primary producers in Katherine, NT, to learn about what is being done on properties to deal with ongoing drought conditions.

12 Dec 2019 Katherine

Coordinator-General Shane Stone travelled from Moree to Katherine to address the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development on improving the resilience of regional communities.
Shane met with Ministers and local leaders, including Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan and Mayor of Katherine Fay Miller.
 

10 Dec 2019 Moree

Coordinator-General Shane Stone of the new National Drought & Flood Agency attended the Agriculture Ministers’ (AGMIN) Forum in Moree, NSW, to discuss the worsening drought conditions impacting much of the country. 
While in town he also met with the Mayor of Moree Katrina Humphries.

November 2019
Date Town Meeting
18 Nov 2019 to 22 Nov 2019 Cloncurry

CEO Shane Stone and Agency staff attended the North West Flood Recovery Summit, North West Mental Health Service Provider Workshop and North West Mental Health Roundtable.
Agency staff also attended the Cloncurry Innovation Forum and visited several flood-impacted properties.

8 Nov 2019 Orange

CEO Shane Stone visited the Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) headquarters in Orange, NSW.  The RIC is administering the AgRebuild disaster recovery loans for primary producers impacted by the North Queensland flood.

October 2019
Date Town Meeting
31 Oct 2019 to 1 Nov 2019 Townsville

An NQLIRA Board meeting was one of several activities held by the Agency in Townsville.
CEO Shane Stone and Agency staff also hosted a roundtable with charities working with flood-affected communities and visited the new Reid River Export Yard located between Charters Towers and Townsville.

30 Oct 2019 Townsville

Agency staff, including CEO Shane Stone, attended the 2019 LIVEXchange live export conference.  Board member Tracey Hayes provided an update on how NQLIRA is supporting North Queensland communities recovering from flood.  The event was MC’d by fellow Board member Don Heatley.

18 Oct 2019 Brisbane

Agency staff met with representatives from the Western and Northern Queensland Primary Health Networks, Queensland Department of Health and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to discuss the coordinated delivery of mental health support to flood impacted areas.   

8 Oct 2019 Hughenden

CEO Shane Stone attended the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Commonwealth Government’s commitment of $180 million towards the Hughenden Irrigation Project (HIPCO).

September 2019
Date Town Meeting
25 Sep 2019 to 28 Sep 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff attended the Winton Outback Festival, hosting a trade stand each day during the event. They also met with representatives of the Western Queensland Primary Health Network and Queensland Department of Health to identify future community engagement opportunities.

24 Sep 2019 Cloncurry

NQLIRA staff met with a representative of Rabobank to discuss the region’s recovery. They also met with a local charity and Queensland Government staff who are based in the Cloncurry-Richmond area.

13 Sep 2019 Townsville

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency staff visited Spring Creek Barramundi to see their progress repairing ponds and other infrastructure damaged by the flood.

12 Sep 2019 Richmond and Hughendon

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency staff met with Richmond Shire Mayor John Warton and other Councillors and staff, as well as Flinders Shire Mayor Jane McNamara, Councillors and staff to hear about their recovery efforts and plans to develop a diverse agricultural base.

NQLIRA also visited Harrington Systems Electronics to see how their remote monitoring technology helped them observe conditions during the flooding, and to discuss the role that reliable communications plays in withstanding extreme weather events and supporting a strong vibrant economy.

11 Sep 2019 Julia Creek and Richmond

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency staff visited two properties severely affected by the flooding to see how they are making use of the primary producer grants in their recovery efforts.

10 Sep 2019 Cloncurry

Agency staff participated in the Queensland Reconstruction Authority North West Queensland Flood Monitoring Workshop, working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Rail, North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland Agriculture, Australian Agricultural Company, Stanbroke and local government to brainstorm ideas for improving Queensland's flood warning infrastructure.

10 Sep 2019 McKinlay

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency staff met with local graziers to hear how the primary producer grants are aiding their recovery, and what can be done to help the North West rebuild and be better prepared for future events.

9 Sep 2019 Four Ways

CEO Shane Stone and Advisory Board members Don Heatley, David Galvin and Greg Campbell hosted a community BBQ for local graziers and representatives from the Queensland Government at the Burke & Wills Roadhouse to brainstorm ideas for building regional resilience.

8 Sep 2019 Lawn Hill

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board members David Galvin and Don Heatley and Agency staff visited the Lawn Hill and Riversleigh cattle stations to meet with Indigenous stockmen who are developing their skills to become overseers and managers.

7 Sep 2019 Burketown

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board members Don Heatley and David Galvin and Agency staff met with Burke Shire Mayor Ernie Camp and other Council representatives to discuss projects of local and regional significance.

4 Sep 2019 Karumba

Meeting of the NQLIRA Advisory Board

3 Sep 2019 to 4 Sep 2019 Normanton

CEO Shane Stone gave the opening address at the ‘Regional Solutions’ roundtable, bringing together representatives from all levels of government – including Carpentaria Mayor Jack Bawden, Burke Shire Mayor Ernie Camp and McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy – as well as academics and researchers, to highlight the region’s huge potential and the collaboration required to enable recovery and promote future prosperity.

Along with Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud, the NQLIRA Audit Committee visited a local grazier and butcher shop owner’s property to see the flood damage and hear their views on the future.

1 Sep 2019 to 2 Sep 2019 Georgetown

Along with officers from the Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland and the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency Staff met with innovation hub graziers at Mt Surprise and Yappar River Station to learn about the E-beef Smart Farming taking place.

August 2019
Date Town Meeting
31 Aug 2019 Hinchinbrook

CEO Shane Stone, Advisory Board member Don Heatley and Agency staff met with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Raymon Jayo and a local canegrower to see firsthand the impact of flooding on water courses and drains near Ingham.

29 Aug 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable to inform the longer-term recovery and resilience strategy from various angles, including mental health, farm business management, community resilience, natural resource management, risk management and infrastructure.

28 Aug 2019 Richmond

NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable to discuss what strong, resilient and sustainable communities and businesses look like, and opportunities to achieve them. This work informs a longer-term recovery and resilience strategy.

27 Aug 2019 Julia Creek

NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable to identify what communities and business need in order recover from the flood and to be in a better position to deal with future events. This work informs a longer-term recovery and resilience strategy.

26 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2019 Cloncurry Julia Creek Richmond and Winton

NQLIRA staff travelled with QDAF staff to meet with affected graziers on their properties, as well as individuals, communities and natural resource management representatives to see the progress of their recovery from the floods and to discuss ongoing needs to support longer-term recovery and resilience. 

16 Aug 2019 Townsville

NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable seeking input from affected individuals, primary producers, families, communities, businesses and industry groups to develop the longer-term recovery and resilience strategy.

15 Aug 2019 Home Hill

NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable for environmental stakeholders in north Queensland to get feedback for the development of a longer-term recovery and resilience strategy. 

14 Aug 2019 Home Hill

CEO Shane Stone hosted a roundtable for primary producers in the Burdekin Shire to get feedback for the development of a longer-term recovery and resilience strategy.

7 Aug 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff visited two grazing properties to see the progress of their recovery from the floods and discuss the spread of weeds.

2 Aug 2019 Townsville

NQLIRA staff visited a local fish farm to learn about how it was impacted by the flood and how it is recovering. 

2 Aug 2019 to 3 Aug 2019 Longreach

NQLIRA staff visited a local e-Beef Project property with Desert Channels Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to learn how innovative farming practices could fit into a longer-term resilience strategy.

2 Aug 2019 to 4 Aug 2019 Cloncurry

CEO Shane Stone and NQLIRA staff attended the Curry Merry Muster and spoke with people about the assistance they may be eligible for.

1 Aug 2019 Julia Creek and Cloncurry

NQLIRA staff, along with the grazing officer from Southern Gulf Natural Resources Management, visited three local properties to gain an understanding of the impact of the floods on the environment and primary production.

July 2019
Date Town Meeting
30 Jul 2019 Mount Isa

NQLIRA staff presented on the Agency’s work and future plans to the Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management Board.

30 Jul 2019 to 1 Aug 2019 Giru

NQLIRA staff visited five primary producers in plantation, grain and vegetable cropping, fruit cropping, bees and sugar cane to see the impact of the flooding on operations and the steps taken to recover and resume business.

30 Jul 2019 Julia Creek

NQLIRA staff attended the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils flood warning infrastructure information session, led by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

29 Jul 2019 Townsville

NQLIRA staff visited a small business owner whose shop was destroyed to understand the impact of the flooding on business operations, the steps taken to recover, and how the small business grants have assisted.

23 Jul 2019 Brisbane

Meeting of the NQLIRA Advisory Board

2 Jul 2019 Canberra

Meeting of the NQLIRA Advisory Board

June 2019
Date Town Meeting
27 Jun 2019 Townsville

NQLIRA staff attended a Queensland Government briefing for industry and environmental stakeholders on the Environmental Recovery Program (co-funded under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements).

NQLIRA staff met with local natural resource management bodies (Terrain, NQ Dry Tropics, Northern Gulf and Southern Gulf) to discuss the impact of the floods on the environment and primary production, and to identify where projects and programs had enabled producers and the environment to be more resilient to the impacts of the floods.  

19 Jun 2019 Ayr

NQLIRA staff met with the Burdekin Shire Council and the Burdekin River Improvement Trust to discuss the damage to local riverbeds and banks.

19 Jun 2019 Giru

NQLIRA staff, along with Greening Australia, visited a local sugarcane property to gain an understanding of the impact of the floods on the environment and primary production.

18 Jun 2019 Ingham

NQLIRA staff met with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council, the Herbert River Improvement Trust and Terrain Natural Resource Management to discuss the damage to local riverbeds and banks, and impacts of the floods on the environment and primary production.

18 Jun 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff visited a grazing property north-east of Winton heavily impacted by the floods.

17 Jun 2019 Townsville Charters Towers

NQLIRA staff visited a grazing property to learn more about a regenerative agriculture project and innovative farming practices.

17 Jun 2019 Townsville

NQLIRA staff met with North Queensland Dry Tropics to learn more about their natural resource management and impacts of the floods on the environment and primary production in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region.

17 Jun 2019 to 18 Jun 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff visited two grazing properties that were heavily impacted by the floods.

16 Jun 2019 Cloncurry

NQLIRA staff visited a grazing property where a stud cattle breeding program was decimated by the floods.

14 Jun 2019 to 15 Jun 2019 Cloncurry

NQLIRA trade stand (along with Regional Investment Corporation) at the Cloncurry Show, with CEO Shane Stone attending on 14 June.

14 Jun 2019 Mount Isa

CEO Shane Stone and NQLIRA staff hosted a roundtable with charities working in the affected areas, to reflect on what worked well and what could be done differently if another natural disaster hits the region.

13 Jun 2019 Cloncurry

CEO Shane Stone and NQLIRA staff met with Burke Shire Mayor Ernie Camp and a stock and station agent to discuss the impact of the Moonsoon Trough in that region.

CEO Shane Stone and NQLIRA staff met with the group of Mayors whose shires were most heavily impacted by the floods to discuss the role charities have played in the immediate response and longer-term recovery.

CEO Shane Stone hosted a table at the Cloncurry Cattleman’s Dinner.

May 2019
Date Town Meeting
23 May 2019 Cloncurry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison chaired a meeting of the NQLIRA Board with CEO Shane Stone. Later, Mr Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack joined Mr Stone at a community gathering at the Cloncurry Bowls Club, where they heard how recovery efforts were going.

16 May 2019 Karumba

NQLIRA staff met with the Carpentaria Shire Council to look at the local impacts of the flood, including coastal damage and the prevalence of pests and weeds.

16 May 2019 Cloncurry

NQLIRA staff, along with Board members David Galvin and Greg Campbell, and representatives from NQLIRA, Queensland Rural & Industries Development Authority and Rural Financial Counselling Service North Queensland (RFCSNQ), hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.

16 May 2019 Ayr

CEO Shane Stone and NQLIRA staff along with representatives from QRIDA, DAWR and RFCSNQ, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.

15 May 2019 Normanton

NQLIRA staff met with the Carpentaria Shire Council to share updates and discuss future plans.

15 May 2019 Richmond

NQLIRA staff, along with Board member David Galvin and representatives from QRIDA and RFCSNQ, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.

15 May 2019 Ingham

CEO Shane Stone met with Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor and Councillors. Also met with local representatives of sugar cane farmers’ peak body Canegrowers and visited local sugarcane properties to view flood damage to crops and on-farm infrastructure. A community information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers was also held.

15 May 2019 Winton

NQLIRA staff, along with Board member Don Heatley and representatives from QRIDA and RFCSNQ, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.

15 May 2019 Julia Creek

NQLIRA staff, along with Board members David Galvin and Greg Campbell and representatives from QRIDA and RFCSNQ, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.

14 May 2019 Normanton

NQLIRA staff, along with representatives from QRIDA and RFCSNQ, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood. Staff also visited Karumba and Karumba Point with Carpentaria Shire Council’s Director of Engineering to gain an understanding of the impact of flooding on local infrastructure.

14 May 2019 Hughenden

NQLIRA staff, along with Board member David Galvin and representatives from QRIDA, RFCSNQ and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, hosted an information session about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood.  

13 May 2019 to 14 May 2019 Mossman

CEO Shane Stone along with Board member David Galvin, met with Deputy Mayor of Douglas Shire Council and senior Council staff. Also met with local representatives of the sugarcane farmers’ peak body Canegrowers and visited local sugarcane properties to view flood damage to crops and riverbanks. A community information session was held in Mossman where NQLIRA, QRIDA and RFCSNQ staff presented information about grants and other assistance available to primary producers impacted by flood. This visit included a meeting of the NQLIRA Advisory Board.

April 2019
Date Town Meeting
18 Apr 2019 Cloncurry

Met with Cloncurry Shire Mayor and Advisory Board Member Greg Campbell, and local primary producers.

17 Apr 2019 Karumba

Visited Karumba Livestock Exports, to gain an understanding of the impact of flooding on the live export facility.

16 Apr 2019 Normanton

Met with Mayor of Carpentaria Shire, senior Council staff, Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association President Chris Nott, Gulf Cattleman’s Association President Barry Hughes and Vice President Gary King.

15 Apr 2019 Four Ways

Met with primary producers with properties in the regions of Mt Surprise, Richmond, Julia Creek, Charters Towers, Cloncurry and Normanton to gain an understanding of the damage and impact of flooding on business operations.

9 Apr 2019 to 10 Apr 2019 Winton

Along with Board Members Don Heatley and David Galvin, visited local farms to gain an understanding of the extent of the local cattle losses. Met with Winton Shire Mayor and senior Council staff, and attended a community BBQ hosted by the Council and attended by about 50 community members.  This visit included a meeting of the NQLIRA Advisory Board.

March 2019
Date Town Meeting
29 Mar 2019 Ayr

Along with Board member Don Heatley, met with Mayor of Burdekin Shire. Also visited an achacha plantation to gain an understanding of the damage and long-term impact of flooding on business operations.

28 Mar 2019 Charters Towers

Along with Board member Don Heatley, met with Mayor of Charters Towers and primary producers. Also visited a local farm to gain an understanding of the damage and long-term impact of flooding on business operations.

27 Mar 2019 Hughenden

Along with Board member Don Heatley, met with Deputy Mayor of Flinders Shire, Council Recovery Team, Rural Financial Counselling Service, primary producers and small business owners.

27 Mar 2019 Richmond

Along with Board member Don Heatley, met with Mayor of Richmond Shire.

14 Mar 2019 Cloncurry

Along with Board member Tracey Hayes, met with Mayor of Cloncurry Shire, local farmers and representatives from local industry and AgForce. Also visited farms to gain an understanding of the damage caused by flooding.

12 Mar 2019 Townsville

Chaired the Inaugural Advisory Board meeting, where immediate priorities for the Board and Agency were set. Also met with Federal Member for Kennedy, the Hon Bob Katter MP.

11 Mar 2019 Townsville

Met with Major-General Stuart Smith AO, DSC, Queensland State Disaster Recovery Coordinator and Brendan Moon, CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority about coordinated State and Commonwealth recovery efforts.

8 Mar 2019 Brisbane

Met with representatives of the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) and the Queensland Reconstruction Agency (QRA).

6 Mar 2019 to 7 Mar 2019 Canberra

Briefings with key agencies responsible for the immediate response and recovery efforts in North Queensland, including Emergency Management Australia (Department of Home Affairs) and the Rural Financial Counselling Service, and those that can provide useful information for long-term reconstruction effort, including the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia.

1 Mar 2019 Townsville

Met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison following the announcement of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency.