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Qld police wade in to help with fence project

A new project to help landholders rebuild flood-affected fences has been launched in the Central Highlands.THE Queensland Police Service has thrown its support behind a project launched this week in the Central Highlands to help rural landholders get their flood-damaged fences back in order. The rural recovery project is the brainchild of Emerald grazier Leon Clothier.

Mr Clothier, a member of the Emerald Rotary Club District 9570, saw the urgent need for assistance to be given to flood-affected graziers to reconstruct their flood-damaged and destroyed fencing in the Emerald, Springsure, Rolleston and Comet areas.

“In 2011, landholders don’t have to suffer in silence. We have to help people get back on track as quickly as possible,” Mr Clothier said.

“It’s crucial to have secure fencing in place so people can do their first round of mustering at least, and then a second round so they can work out what stock they’re missing.”

After some consultation with acting Superintendent Joe Joyce of the Queensland Police Service in charge of flood recovery operations in Emerald, Detective Senior Sergeant Terry Hanly, the northern area coordinator of the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation, has come on board to assist with the recovery operation.

The Police Service has now also employed the assistance of Senior Constable Kellie Silvester of Emerald Police to assist in the recording of databases containing lists of graziers and farmers who need assistance with flood fencing, and to also record a list of volunteers wishing to assist with the repair fencing and other duties which will help to get their properties and lives back to some normality.

“A sad story has been related regarding a very old man who was discovered by a Red Cross member in a rural area with no power, no communication and only living on biscuits,” Detective Senior Sergeant Hanly said.

“This program is designed to help anyone in grave need in these rural communities.

“The city people have helped their city cousins ? we need help for our landholders who produce beef and produce to keep this great nation viable.

“Central Queensland graziers and farmers would have thousands of kilometres of fencing destroyed or damaged.

“Priority one is getting boundary fences back in tact so they can recover and hold their missing stock.”

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