NQLIRA 6 months on

6 September 2019

Since appointment as Chairman and CEO of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Reconstruction Agency, Shane Stone and Agency staff travelled thousands of kilometres through the flood-impacted area in North West Queensland to meet with those affected by the monsoon of January 2019. In September 2019, 6 months after the event, Shane Stone, Advisory Board members and Agency staff drove over 4,400kms through much of North and North West Queensland. From council meeting rooms to roadhouses, stockyards to kitchen tables, chats on the sides of the road and in the coffee shops over a cuppa, people shared their stories of resilience and strength as they got back on their feet following the monsoon trough. Farm visits were organized by a host family and neighbours invited to attend. All NQLIRA staff were obligated to participate in such visits to farms, cane, aquaculture and horticulture enterprises, the country towns and small businesses impacted. Shane Stone was strongly of the view that Canberra based bureaucrats needed to get dirt under their nails, mud on their boots and travel the vast distances to understand the remoteness and challenges of Northern Australia. Inspecting the Normanton Weir as part of the study into regional resilience; 6 months on after the flood and water restrictions were in place in Normanton (and Karumba). Pictured Col Hunter, Don Heatley OAM, Shane Stone and Davis Galvin. Nico Padavan taking the photo.

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