Counting the cost

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Junction Bell, Macquarie.
Nanjing Night Net

Wellington farmers, land holders and the Western Plains Regional Council will be counting the cost of the floods which inundated farming areas near the town.

In July 1990 it was estimated the damage bill exceeded $15million. A major corn crop was lost along with other nearby produce.

CRT agronomist Michael White said the heavy rainfalls and flooding is spelling disaster for local farmers. he said periods of sunshine are needed now.

‘’Cropping does not require rain all the time, it requires good subsoil moisture to sow into, the rest of the year it enjoys good sunshine. So over-wet years are not grain years. We have reached a time of over-saturation.’’

‘’We have got weeds, fungal diseases occurring, farmers can’t get on the ground to do anything about it.’’ he said.

There is also deepening potholes in many streets and concern for the Macquarie River Mid Macquarie Landcare’s Jean Ellis said

“We have been lobbying Council, State Government, Federal Government about the condition of the Bell/Macquarie River junction, which deteriorates in ever-increasing amounts during each flood event, with little or no remediation even considered by the authorities. ‘’

‘’At a meeting with a representative of the Planning Department of Wellington Council early in 2013, we were told that the erosion and the Junction in general, was not on their radar for at least eighteen months and even then, would only be considered if it became a priority in terms of damage done by flood events, etc.’’

Now, it doesn’t take Einstein to work out that once the damage is done, it’s too late to devise a strategy for prevention, which is sorely needed not only by the landowners on the Rivers and by the people who inhabit the at-risk areas in the township, but also by the Council itself, who would be responsible for repairing the damaged infrastructure should a major flood event occur. ‘’

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