Farmer pleads for rain gauges

A THEODORE cotton farmer says the community needs more rainfall gauges so they can be better prepared for flooding.

Fleur Anderson, the president of Dawson Valley Cotton Growers, said flooding covered 400ha of her farm, destroying the cotton crop.

“The principal concern for our growers was the monitoring of local creeks for better information, that’s definitely the primary concern,” she said.

Mrs Anderson said the system currently worked through word of mouth as well as information from the Banana Shire Council and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Mrs Anderson also said council did a “fantastic job” but they were hampered by a lack of resources.

“If there were any concerns it might have been the local personnel... not just for the evacuation but also after the event for the recovery phase.

“There was a lot of responsibility on a few key people that maybe could have done with a back-up service.”

Cr Vaughn Becker said there should be additional flood and rainfall gauges.

“Council have already identified a number of places where this would be extremely beneficial,” he said.

Council’s local disaster co-ordinator, Collin Head, said there were a number of creeks off the Dawson River, between Taroom and Moura, where measuring stations could be installed.



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