AgForce criticises fodder drops

Stock plough through floodwaters.
Stock plough through floodwaters.

FODDER drops for stranded stock and ferrying essential supplies to isolated properties were the forgotten part of disaster response plans to the 2010/11 floods in Central Queensland, according to an AgForce representative.

The peak body’s regional manager Danielle Hogarth was on holiday at her family’s property Glenyarran, south of Emerald, in late December when the impact of record flooding in the Central Highlands and Banana shires hit rural areas.

She said the lack of planning for adequate avgas fuel supplies, and the advice of mustering pilots being ignored by local authorities on the ground were two negatives she observed.

The frustrations were aired in Ms Hogarth’s statement to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, which will be tendered into evidence in Emerald next week.

“Firstly I do not think there was enough emphasis or planning by local governments concerning the issue of fodder drops,” Ms Hogarth, who ended up co-ordinating the hastily-arranged food drops with DEEDI staff, said.

She indicated once the initial deficiencies were overcome, AgForce and DEEDI worked well together.

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