December 2011 flood event
The most recent flood event on 18 December 2011 has again caused widespread damage to farming properties in the Joel Joel and Landsborough West areas, as well as homes and businesses in other areas of the Northern Grampians Shire. The Council has been working with flood-affected farmers, residents and business owners since then to ensure fences are re-erected and stock contained, and residents have access the assistance they are entitled to.
If you have been affected by the flooding on 18 December 2011, the Council urges you to get in touch with its Flood Recovery Team by phoning 5358 7599. It is also keen to hear from anyone who can volunteer to help re-erect fencing.
If you need help with fencing or would like to volunteer to help one of the volunteer fencing teams, phone Flood Recovery Team Volunteer Coordinator Ewan Letts directly on 0459 021 080.
Read on for more information about what happened during the December flood event.
21 December 2011
Volunteer farmers, Catchment Management Authorities (CMA), Conservation volunteers and the FloodMate prison crew are among six teams working hard to help flood-affected farmers in the Joel Joel and Landsborough West areas reinstate their boundary fences quickly in the wake of flash flooding on the weekend.
Mayor Cr Dorothy Patton said Member for Mallee John Forrest, whose electorate now includes Northern Grampians Shire, visited Joel Joel in December to personally speak to flood-affected farmers.
“The Council has also been speaking to Deputy Premier and Nationals Leader Peter Ryan about the rain event, flooding and subsequent damage,” she said.
“It is good to see our farmers’ plight has attracted the attention of politicians in the early stages of recovery but the Council will continue lobbying on the affected farmers’ behalf in the hope of attracting some relief funding.”
The area received up to 125mm of rain in a 90-minute period during a huge thunderstorm late on the afternoon of Sunday 18 December. The subsequent flash flooding destroyed or damaged hundreds of kilometres of fencing and destroyed livestock. Around 60 properties in the area were affected.
Cr Patton said the Council really appreciated the help of the people who had volunteered to help reinstate fencing, including farmers from the area who were not affected.
“We even had a chap from Boort drive down to help the farmers after he heard the call to arms on the radio,” she said.
“Anyone who can lend a hand will be welcomed so if you have a bit of spare time, it would be a wonderful new year's gift for our flood-affected farmers.”
The Council’s Flood Recovery Team is coordinating the volunteer fencing efforts, which have been in operation since the January 2011 floods.
Volunteer Coordinator Ewan Letts said fencing crews have had to be redeployed from other parts of the Shire to help the most recently affected land owners secure stock as soon as possible.
“It is fortunate we already had crews on the ground working in other parts of the Shire that could rush to help the Joel Joel and Landsborough West farmers affected by this most recent rain event,” he said.