Recent flooding 'unprecedented' says O'Dowd
FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has described the flooding events of recent days as unprecedented and a real blow to our regions transport infrastructure and agricultural sector with many reports of livestock losses starting to come to light.
On Saturday Mr O'Dowd monitored the situation as it intensified from Gladstone where he was able to liaise with emergence services and police from right across the electorate until late into the evening.
On Sunday as the roads reopened Mr O'Dowd and staff travelled to Boyne Island and Tannum Sands to inspect the flood damage.
Following this he travelled to Rockhampton via Calliope and Mt Larcom inspecting flood affected areas along the way.
On Monday morning Mr O'Dowd met with the Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor to discuss the situation in Gracemere and Mt Morgan before travelling to those towns for a physical inspection. Mr O'Dowd then travelled to Stanwell via Dululu and Wowan where he met with Emergency Services volunteers and the local community to be briefed on the situation in those areas.
Mr O'Dowd said "I want to pay a huge tribute to our emergency services, the SES, Police and volunteers as well as the many members of the affected communities who have done so much to help in this time of need.
As the waters recede we will no doubt see the true impact of this event but so far I have witnessed a great deal of damage to our roads as well as damage to fences and agricultural infrastructure including increasing reports of stock losses."
Mr O'Dowd said "I will continue to meet with emergence services and community leaders in the coming days to assess how any assistance could best be provided federally."