Help for a farmer in try­ing times af­ter the floods

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE RURAL - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

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.

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