Deputy Editor Shelley Strachan
Deputy Editor Shelley Strachan Renee Pilcher

Premier hears how bad it was

THE surprise appearance of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman in Mary St yesterday was at the very least an indicator that the plight of this region in the January 2013 floods has not been completely eclipsed by the devastation in Bundaberg.

His visit followed the appearance of several of his ministers here in the wake of what Mayor Ron Dyne now believes could be the worst flood in generations for parts of this region.

As the true impact on our farmers slowly unfolds - particularly those in the western reaches and in the Mary Valley - it is increasingly obvious that the severity of the disaster for them warrants access to higher flood recovery assistance.

Cr Dyne discussed this very subject with Mr Newman yesterday and the Premier agreed that a higher classification was warranted.

Let us hope this now translates to actual, physical help. Our farmers deserve our compassion and our support.

All too often they are hung out to dry by governments who don't seem to realise that without them the global food crisis will find its way right to our front doorsteps and dinner plates.

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