We recently caught up with Winton Shire Mayor and Advisory Board member Gavin Baskett to hear how the Shire is recovering from the 2019 monsoon flood.
“It was pretty challenging at the time, Gavin said.
“Flying over properties and seeing all the devastation was one of my toughest days as mayor. The graziers, local people that worked out of town and our small businesses were struggling because their income had dried up. The funding the Prime Minister put on the ground straight away really assisted us to get the economy rolling again.”
“Eighteen months down the track there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve still got all the businesses in town that we had at the time of the flood which is a tick, not only for Council but also the whole of the Winton Shire.”
“With the National Drought and Flood Recovery Agency having a long-term goal of helping these areas that were affected to recover I think the future looks good. Winton will be in a good place in a couple years, if we could just get some regular rain - so if that could be ordered it’d be fantastic.”
Farmers and graziers looking to take advantage of the Australian Government’s $400,000 co-contribution North Queensland Restocking, Replanting and On-farm Infrastructure grant have more time to consider how to use the funding, with the closing date extended to 30 June 2022. For more information and how to apply, visit the QRIDA website
The National Drought and Flood Agency continues to support ongoing recovery and is implementing a blueprint for the region’s future that can be used by anyone with a stake in its long-term prosperity. You can read more about ‘After the flood: A strategy for long-term recovery’ - developed with communities affected by the 2019 event – here