PM meets with flood-affected Qld graziers

PM meets with flood-affected Qld graziers

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Scott Morrison is visiting Cloncurry in Queensland to see the scale of the flood damage.

Scott Morrison is visiting Cloncurry in Queensland to see the scale of the flood damage.

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The PM has met with northwest Queensland graziers to hear their first-hand stories of flood devastation.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with northwest Queensland graziers to hear their first-hand stories of flood devastation.

Mr Morrison flew into Cloncurry on Thursday night, where he met with local community members at the bowls club.

He spoke with a group of graziers on Friday morning at the town airport, ahead of flying out to witness a defence force helicopter fodder drop.

The prime minister has asked mayors in the region to provide their advice on an assistance plan, as stock loss estimates come to at least 300,000 in the once-in-a-century flooding.

"This disaster is enough to bring the cattle industry to its knees," Cloncurry mayor Greg Campbell told ABC Radio.

Authorities are racing to dispose of dead animals to limit the spread of disease.

Cattle, sheep and wildlife perished in the unprecedented two-week rains, which left large swathes of the state under water.

Their rotting carcasses pose a high risk of botulism and Q fever to clean-up crews and to local water supplies in flooded communities.

The federal government has announced a range of disaster relief efforts, including three months of support payments and one-off payments to help people get back on their feet.

Australian Associated Press

The story PM meets with flood-affected Qld graziers first appeared on The North West Star.

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