Help for a farmer in trying times after the floods
BIGGENDEN dairy farmer Robbie Radel, with four young people, spent two days in the Boyne Valley giving a fellow dairy farmer a helping hand.
Daughters Hannah and Madeline, and Lucas and Angus McAskill donned gloves and steel-capped boots to join the North Burnett councillor to help the family affected by major flooding.
Cr Radel said his dairy farmer friend, who lives near Ubobo, had been flooded five times in three years.
“Things had just got a bit much for him,” he said.
“On top of everything his wife’s father died two days before the floods hit and they hadn’t been able to
❝ The couple are still trying to recover from previous floods. — Robbie Radel
have his funeral.
“The couple are still trying to recover from previous floods.
“This time the water was six inches lower than the big floods in 2013.”
Cr Radel said thankfully the couple did not lose any of their herd of 280.
“Last flood they lost 49 head,” he said.
The group was able to clear debris off fences and irrigators.
Mr Radel said some things were hard to comprehend.
“It really opened our eyes,” he said.
“We found fence posts swept away 500 metres hanging on to a bit of wire.”
He said Hannah and Madeline were happy they went up and helped out, and brothers Lucas and Angus jumped at the chance.
Lucas said the water was higher than he had expected.
“Where we live at Coringa we are not really affected by the floods,” he said.
“The creek’s come up and blocks the road but not like what was up there.”
The Year 10 student said it was a learning experience to see how other people are affected in the floods.
“These copped a hammering,” he said.
“We were able to have a bit of fun and help someone out,” he said.
BIG HEARTS: Biggenden's Lucas and Angus McAskill with Robbie, Hannah and Madeline Radel spent two days helping a Boyne Valley dairy farmer clean up after the flood.