The devastation of the North West Queensland flood was highlighted by a Cloncurry grazier on the latest segment of ABC Q&A on Monday March 18.
The Q&A panel included Corella Park Station grazier Jane McMillan who made the journey to Townsville to highlight the severity the flood had on the agriculture industry, that affected 800 graziers and took 630,000 head of cattle.
Mrs McMillan told how the beef industry was on its knees due to the flood event in February, that saw approximately 650mm fall in nine days.
"At first everyone was excited it was going to rain after being in continuous drought for seven or eight years. When it didn't stop raining everyone began to panic and then the wind started," she said.
"Cattle were dead in piles in corners of paddocks because they froze to death.
"The event impacted a large area stretching from Winton in the south to Normanton in the north. Cattle drowned to the north and froze to the south.
"The weather bureau didn't predict this happening. No one depicted this happening."
Rural property valuer Roger Hill also appeared on the panel and confirmed over 13,500,000 hectares were affected by the monsoonal event equating to twice the size of Tasmania.
"I flew over the affected areas and didn't see anything but water for up to 85 kilometres," Mr Hill said.
"The (emergency) response group was brilliantly coordinated in every town. The five mayors were brilliant, they stepped up to the plate and lead their communities.
"It wasn't just stock and kangaroos that dies, budgerigars died.
"Things that flew died, that's how bad it was."
James Cook University climate scientist, Stephen Williams, discussed how climate science had predicted extreme weather events like this for decades.
"This was a completely devastating natural event that sad part about it, is we have been saying this was going to happen for the last 30 years," Mr Williams said.
"The climate science had been predicting an increase in extreme events which we have seen with extreme wildfires in one part of the country and breaking heatwaves across just about the whole country.
"There is no denying the climate change impacts and the fact that we are causing them."
Mr Williams said the weather system that hovered over the North West was also caused due to climate change.
"The theory is that a high pressure system blocks the low pressure system and maintains it in the same position (which was seen in the North West)," he said.
"These extreme weather events are going to continue unless we do something about it."
Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Linda Reynolds, said the response to the North Queensland floods had been the quickest response made from the Commonwealth Government.
"My first response is to work with the Prime Minister to make sure the Commonwealth Government is doing everything it can to deliver; which is what we have done," Ms Reynolds said.
"I have no doubt our climate is changing, but how do we better prepare ourselves as a nation to deal with these climate incidences and make our homes and communities more resilient."
Further support for flooded beef producers is expected to be announced by minister Linda Reynolds on Tuesday March 19 when she visits Cloncurry.
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