3 October 2019
Agency staff traveled thousands of kilometers 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 Advisory Board members and Agency staff drove over 4,400kms through much of North and North West Queensland. Shane Stone was firm in the view that Canberra-based bureaucrats needed to get dirt under their nails, mud on their boots, and travel vast distances to understand the remoteness and challenges of Northern Australia. The opportunity also presented for the Board to convene with the Audit & Risk Committee in Karumba in the Gulf and for Minister Littleproud to join the Board meeting by invitation. Chairman & CEO North Queensland Livestock Industry Recovery Agency (NQLIRA) and Minister for Agriculture the Hon David Littleproud MP in Karumba.