Cattle Australia wishes to extend its support to those affected by the significant flooding event in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Fitzroy River peaked well above record levels after heavy rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Ellie and floodwaters are working their way through the Fitzroy Valley. Efforts to assess the situation and relocate cattle to higher ground have been hampered by ongoing rain since Christmas Day.
More will be known once floodwaters recede but at this stage, it is anticipated there may be substantial cattle losses and damage to station infrastructure. Main transport routes have also been damaged and will require coordinated efforts to repair so the freight and logistics network connecting the east Kimberley to the port of Broome is open for the mustering season and communities are not isolated for extended periods.
Cattle Australia wishes to recognise the hardship and heartache the current flood and unseasonal rain events are having on Livestock producers and farmers across many parts of Australia.
We thank those agencies at Federal and State Government level, the local volunteers such as the SES and local communities for their tireless efforts to assist those affected by natural disasters.
Importantly Cattle Australia urges Government at all levels to continue support past the immediacy of these events to get critical and local infrastructure back into working order along with supporting the rebuilding of our regional communities.
Cattle Australia stands ready to support our members and industry stakeholders and will work closely with state and federal bodies to help coordinate a comprehensive response.