Flood Recovery

QMDC’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ wins award for flood recovery

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ Flood Recovery program has won the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award at this year’s Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.  Continue Reading…

Production set to recover in flood affected parts of SEQ

Many farmers across the Fassifern and Lockyer faced extensive damage during the January 2013 floods, with many struggling to get their properties back into production. Continue Reading…

Innisfail GPS project saving growers in the paddock and the hip pocket

By John Flynn

Picture a scene from the future …it’s 7.00pm on an August evening in the rolling cane fields along Henderson Drive near Innisfail and as the sun disappears behind Pin Gin Hill, the harvester driver settles in for a couple more hours at the controls.

Briefly, he glances in the direction of the South Johnstone Mill where lights are glowing and bins are being turned over long into the night. Then it’s back to work, pressing an icon on the touch-screen menu to activate auto-steer before keeping a close eye on the topper as his GPS-guided harvester follows a near perfect line along the row. Continue Reading…

BMRG Flood Recovery Program Rolling On

An $8 million On Farm Productivity and Riparian Flood Recovery Program being rolled out over the next two years via BMRG is well under way.

Jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian government, this program is helping primary producers to restore productivity and address major damage to waterways and floodplains following flooding in late January 2013 caused by Ex-Tropical cyclone Oswald.

Continue Reading…

Hard work heals the landscape on ‘Wahroonga’

Repeated flood events have left a legacy of scars across Queensland’s farming landscape but you would have to look pretty hard to find any on Robyn Brosnan’s Millmerran cattle property.

During the past two years Robyn has been working alongside QMDC’s soil conservation officers and Millmerran Landcare to remove all trace of a six-metre deep gully which rapidly progressed on ‘Wahroonga’ after the January 2011 flood. Continue Reading…

382 football fields rubbish free

An area the size of 382 football fields has been cleared of rubbish since Condamine Alliance began its flood clean-up last year.

The figure was revealed in Condamine Alliance’s first Flood Recovery Report Card which was released today.

“This is a major achievement that was made possible due to wide-spread community involvement and support,” Condamine Alliance Chief Executive Officer Phil McCullough said.

The natural resource management group has been working with local councils, volunteers and community groups to remove tonnes of rubbish throughout the Condamine catchment as a result of the devastating floods in January 2011. Continue Reading…

Resilience of the Gulf Plains

In January 2009, Tropical Cyclones Charlotte and Ellie brought unprecedented rain to the Gulf of Carpentaria. This was followed by the usual monsoonal weather of January and February. These rains resulted in flood waters which did not clear for 8 weeks, causing devastation to cattle production, pasture and the environment.

As well as contending with the initial losses and damage to their stock and infrastructure, graziers had to deal with damaged homes, repair bills and loss of income.

But the worst wasn’t over, with the end of 2009 bringing drought-like conditions. Continue Reading…

Post-flood resilience in the Murray-Darling Basin

Ensuring resilience in the landscape of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin has certainly been challenging in the wake of a series of devastating flood events in 2010 and 2011. The region is now aced with a massive rebuilding and recovery task in the wake of not one, but four flood events in the past few months.

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee is coordinating a whole of basin response to these damaging weather events, with a focus on supporting landholders to ensure they have sustainability businesses.

Queensland Murray-Darling Committee CEO Geoff Penton said it’s impossible to focus on resilient landscapes until you help landholders get back on their feet. Continue Reading…