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Barnaby returns to help with the floods

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Senator Barnaby Joyce 

Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water  Leader of the Nationals in the Senate  Senator for Queensland 

Barnaby returns to help with the floods

December 29, 2010 13:30

Senator Joyce returned from his Christmas break yesterday to assist in any way he can with the floods in his state of Queensland.

Senator Joyce said “Yet again we have a massive amount of water going down the tributaries of the Murray Darling Basin and the Fitzroy which has brought immense pain to families as the water travels through and over their homes, businesses and farms. It is a great shame in times like these that we don’t have the capacity to store more of this water so as to alleviate this extensive and very damaging flood then we could use that same water at a later stage for more beneficial purposes.

From Emerald to Theodore to Dalby, from Jericho to Augathella much of southern Queensland has received massive amounts of rain at a time when many would like to be relaxing with the family and watching Australia get pummelled in the Ashes, unfortunately. Families are instead having to wash the silt out of their houses, replace carpet, skirting boards and gyprock and count the costs of a devastating flood on their crops.

I would like to commend all who have given up their Christmas break to help those around them because of the flood. It is what Queenslanders, and in fact all Australians, are known for; helping each other out as many hands make light work. If everybody pitches in to stop the flood waters now and to help clean up once they have passed we will be able to get the show up and running so at least families can get some sort of break before sending their children back to school.”