Natural disaster affirmed in shireVideo

The Jamea Road has been closed to traffic for weeks, leaving Greg Broughton’s farm isolated from markets and suppliers. Photo: SUPPLIEDThe shire has received much needed funding support following the damage created by ongoing rain around the region.
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Both the state and federal governments came on board with funding last week, after months of rallying from local primary producers and the council.

Both the state and commonwealth are contributing to the state natural disaster relief and recovery arrangement.

“Natural disasters can have an enormous impact on our economy and can cripple local businesses and communities,” federal member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said.

One family who understand that statement are the Broughtons who have had their road closed for almost six months.

Primary producers Greg and Kate Broughton, on Jamea Road in Dandaloo have had up to 3.5 kilometres of road under water at one time since the April rainfall.

“The biggest thing for us is the road has been closed since April and Narromine Shire Council have no money to fix the road,” Mrs Broughtonsaid.

“We can’t get stock in, although we can try and walk them in, we can’t get fuel in, we haven’t been able to spray [crops]. We can’t even get a plane in because we can’t get a fuel truck to them.”

Mrs Broughton said although the damage the rain has done to the farm is bad, the biggest issue is their road.

“We’re just trying to support council to fix the road. The council said it’ll be $560,000 to fix it and they don’t have that in their budget,” she said.

“The road is the biggest headache, getting the road fixed would make our lives so much easier.”

The Broughton’s prayers may have been answered as the funding announced last week includes funding for councils.

Both Mr Coulton and member for Narromine and deputy premier Troy Grant announced assistance for local governments, primary producers, not-for-profit organisations and people whose belongings or homes have been damaged.

For the damage to be measured, however, the rain has to stop. Which isn’t the case this week as almost 100mms is predicted and it’s not welcomed at the Broughton’s place.

“It definitely wouldn’t do us any good, but we’re in the same boat as any one else,” Mrs Broughtonsaid.

“Fingers crossed we’re on the lower end of this rain.”

Farms have been inundated with floodwater at Dandaloo in the Narromine Shire. Photo: SUPPLIED

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