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Flood recovery - Rebuilding the herd a ‘slow grind’


We know it’s going to take many years for communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event to fully recover.

More than 40 percent of the region’s grazing lands were subject to extreme weather conditions including flooding and a sudden drop in temperature. An estimated 457,000 head of cattle, 43,000 sheep and a smaller number of goats perished.

In line with our guiding principle “Locally led, locally understood, locally implemented” we’ve worked with the affected communities on a long-term recovery strategy and we’re now working with them and others with a stake in their recovery, to drive its implementation.

“Building Prosperous Enterprises” is one of the 5 strategic priorities and a key focus of this priority is helping to rebuild herd numbers.

Mayor of Etheridge Shire and President of the Gulf Cattleman’s Association, Barry Hughes told us it’s been a ‘slow grind’ for some who’ve needed time to get into the right headspace and learn about the support available to them.

The right support at the right time is invaluable, which is why the $400,000 dollar-for-dollar Restocking, Replanting and On-Farm Infrastructure grants for primary producers remain available for people to access when conditions are right.

You can read “After the flood: A strategy for long term recovery” here: www.droughtandflood.gov.au/flood-recovery

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