Aerials of the Boyne Valley, Ubobo area after the January 2013 flood.
Aerials of the Boyne Valley, Ubobo area after the January 2013 flood. Brenda Strong

SES delivers medicine as Boyne Valley struggles

AS SOME Gladstone communities mop up from the carnage caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, residents in the Boyne Valley are still doing it tough.

With Boyne Valley townships cut off from the region's major centres, SES volunteers delivered medicine to stranded residents via boat yesterday.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the SES would attempt to do the same for stranded Baffle Creek, Lowmead and Rosedale communities.

"The fact that these residents are cut off from major centres could have proved a life or death situation for those who are reliant on medicine for their well-being," Cr Sellers said.

Councillor Leo Neill-Ballantine knows better than most the struggle these communities are going through after flying over the Boyne Valley, stopping at several homes to check on people and even giving those stranded a lift.

Cr Neill-Ballantine is Gladstone Regional Council's Rural Services portfolio spokesperson and represents the area on various committees and boards including The Gladstone Foundation and AgForce.

"Nobody's seen water up that high," he said.

"They're going to battle on. Things aren't as good as people think they are."

He said people could be stranded for another two weeks.

The plane flew from Cr Neill-Ballantine's property Galloway Plains in Calliope and when they got to Tablelands Road at Dinner Crossing they came across a man walking along the road so gave him a lift to Palmzale.

On his journey Cr Neill-Ballantine noticed the structural damage to the roads and found out about supply levels.

"Norton Road is washed out, there is unbelievable damage. It will take more than a grater and a dumper," he said.

"The shop in Ubobo was running short of milk and bread but everyone was in good spirits.

"The main thing is that everyone is alive."

They flew around Ubobo and visited the Mossman's property, which is between that township and Nagoorin.

Cr Neill-Ballantine said the water was around four metres above an irrigator at the Mossman property - the irrigator is three metres high.

The councillor visited a number of other properties and spoke to people who went out on boats to check on their property who said they saw dead cattle.

Cr Neill-Ballantine personally saw dead cattle at the side of the dam and believes their is around 300 head missing in the Boyne Valley.

Flying over the Bush Camp he noted that the railway was still under water, something that had not occurred in previous floods.

"There's going to be a lot of stories right around the Gladstone region, including the baffle," he said.

"Once the water resides there will be a lot of work."

Cr Neill-Ballantine said he plans on raising the concerns of the rural communities that he has come upon during the flood through AgForce.