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Flood recovery - Small talk makes a big difference

Since the 2019 North Queensland flood event Coordinator-General for Drought and Flood, the Hon Shane Stone AC QC and Agency staff have been working with affected communities to develop a strategy for their longer-term recovery.

They told us that the way their neighbours, friends, businesses, council and local services just got on with doing whatever needed to be done, made a huge difference in the aftermath of the event.

Flood recovery – Winton, 18 months later

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.”

Flood recovery – Building sheep numbers in Winton

Historically, Central Western Queensland has had a strong sheep industry.  According to the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD), wild dogs have been a big reason for the 75 percent decline in sheep numbers in the Central West between 1991 and 2018. To address the problem it’s managing the RAPAD Queensland Feral Pest Initiative Cluster Fence project in partnership with the Australian and Queensland Governments.

2020-10-06 00:00:00

As part of the 2020-21 Federal Budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud announced $60 million for five locally led initiatives to support the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough long term strategy.  The strategy provides a blueprint for recovery from and resilience against future economic shocks as a result of natural disasters.

2020-06-26 00:00:00

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Queensland Government Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick announce a new online educational game to help Queensland children and their families prepare for future disasters and severe weather.


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