For six years of drought in North West Queensland, farmers struggled to keep their livestock alive, worked to make ends meet and prayed for rain. Then it flooded.
The scale of devastation in North West Queensland has been described as an “inland tsunami”. It’s estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million cattle in the region, it’s estimated 500,000 perished in the unprecedent flood.
Connecting Communities Australia (CCA) partnered with RACQ to send 20 volunteers to Julia Creek to work on 12 properties for a week. This team did the following:
- Repair machinery such as four wheel drives, quads and motorbikes that enable community organisations to operate
- Assist with fencing, painting, gardening and cleaning of club/recreational facilities
- Provide financial planning advice and assistance
The project provided much needed practical, on the ground support and assistance to graziers as they begin rebuilding and look to the future.
Having worked together on two other projects this year CCA and the RACQ Foundation are well placed to assist, including tangible operational support, as well as emotional support to flood affected communities.