Bruce and Helen Hill own Australia's only commercial achacha plantation at Palm Creek in the Burdekin Shire. Similar to a lychee, the fruit is sweet and tangy. Just as this year's crop was ready to harvest the flood ruined their fruit, washed out kilometres of internal roading and destroyed irrigation equipment. Using the jointly funded $75,000 Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grant, Bruce and Helen have made essential property and infrastructure repairs - their plantation is ready to be fruitful again.
In October 2020 the Australian Government released After the flood: A strategy for long-term recovery. The Strategy was developed by the National Drought and Flood Agency, with and for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event. This blueprint for the region’s future can be used by anyone with a stake in its long-term prosperity. You can read more about it here.