FLOOD fencing is in full swing in the Mackay hinterland as rainfall from 177mm to 400mm and more brought an end to near-drought conditions.
Property owners with large frontages to roads have braved floodwaters to get their fences up and keep motorists and stock safe.
It's essential to get the floodway fences fixed immediately, as cattle will find a broken wire and get out if you don't fix it.
Throughout Queensland, property owners will be out flood fencing boundaries with roads and highways a priority.
Flood run-off from creeks in the Nebo-Valkyrie area are joining other floodwaters to raise the height of the Fitzroy River and affect roads around Rockhampton.
In the Valkyrie Access Rd area and properties further down the Fitzroy catchment, beef producers had to shift cattle from flood-prone country up to high ground which did not have sufficient feed due to the extended conditions.
Rainfall varied on properties from 150mm upwards within short distances.
"Five men went out this morning with two Toyotas and two ATVs to start repairing the Codrilla fences on the Fitzroy Development Road," Di Pullen said on Friday morning. Codrilla, 55km from Nebo, has 38km of boundary fence with the Fitzroy Development Rd and 14km with Valkyrie Access Rd.
"It's essential to get the floodway fences fixed immediately, as cattle will find a broken wire and get out if you don't fix it," she said.
"We can't afford to have cattle on the road," Ron Pullen said after the first day's fencing.
"It's a scary scenario regarding cattle being injured or maimed and could result in a fatality for people travelling on the roads," he said.
"There's a new lot of fly-in fly-out people coming into an environment they do not understand," he said.
"There is a lot of debris to clear off the fences and can be branches tangled among the wires.
"It will take five of us about seven days to fix the fencing."
Mackay brothers Kyle and Troy Cooper have joined Mr Pullen and his permanent workers, Bill Norgate and Neil Armstrong, in the wet job with no visibility in the mud- strained floodwaters to retrieve posts sometimes washed over.
Mr Pullen has some iron posts set in old plough discs so they don't sink in the wet soil on top of banks.
"A heavy wire is attached to the strainers on either side of the gully and creek crossings so the strainer posts don't lean when affected by the force of the water on the flood crossing.
"Kyle Cooper was a chef at Sorbellos and now does other work but he and his brother Troy, who has been a contract miner and industrial painter, come and work for us every year we need them to fix flood fencing," Mr Pullen said.
"Only two properties which adjoin us have people permanently living on them, Regalo on the access road and Bundarra on the Nebo side.
"Absentee neighbours are our biggest problem; they are meant to do their share of the boundary fences, but they don't. There is a crisis in rural employment and we are not able to get capable people to work on properties," he said.
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