McKinlay Shire Council mayor Belinda Murphy has thanked the Australian Defence Force for their support following the devastation of the North West Queensland floods.
A post on the council Facebook page on Sunday February 11, sung praise for the “extraordinary” support from the ADF carting hay from Julia Creek to affected landholders around the shire.
“This is a disaster... but everyone is dong their utmost to preserve our industry, community and way of life,” Cr Murphy said.
“If you think this is not going to affect your backyard think again because I can assure it will.
“We are going to need everyone but we will rebuild because that is what is in the soul of people out here and everyone that is going to be part of this going forward.
“Stay safe, keep talking and try to keep hope under some of the most difficult circumstances I have ever seen and I know everyone is facing.”
Member for Traegar Robbie Katter flew to Julia Creek on Friday February 8 to consult with Cr Murphy and offer his support in anyway.
Mr Katter flew north of Julia Creek to witness the devastating flood waters for himself and consult with locals.
“I came to let people know that there is hope, help and reassure them that council is doing a fantastic job coordinating fodder drops and supplies for affected landholders,” Mr Katter said.
“Everyone on the ground is working very hard to look after the welfare of animals and save what we can, that is in the forefront of people’s minds.
“Council and myself have been in constant touch with the Prime Minister’s office and state government to make sure we are getting all the support possible.”
As floodwaters recede, some roads around the north west have reopened including the Landsborough Highway from Cloncurry to Winton.
Councils have urged caution when driving along flood affected highways, as surviving cattle may be very weak and not move out of the way of passing vehicles.
Richmond has also suffered devastating losses.
Richmond Shire Council said four helicopters had arrived on Friday to help with relief.
The Queensland government air rescue crew and Queensland Fire and Rescue Swift Water rescue crew also flew to Richmond to lend a hand.
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