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WA floods unlikely to impact farming business: WAFarmers

WESTERN Australia’s unprecedented wild summer weather has wreaked havoc in the Wheatbelt, Goldfields and Gascoyne regions, but the WA Farmers Federation is optimistic the flood damage will not be too significant on farming businesses.

Alex Paull
WA floods unlikely to impact farming business: WAFarmers

The floods have been catastrophic in certain parts of the state, sadly claiming the life of one elderly man, with another missing, in Esperance in the state’s south east.

But while the impact of the floods is wide-reaching in WA, WA Farmers chief executive Stephen Brown said significant damage was unlikely.

Almost two months after a record harvest, Brown said properties were still yet to be assessed, but farmers remained optimistic.

“Crops are all finished so there’s no damage to them. The longer-term impact is moisture in the soil at any time of the year is like money in the bank for a farmer,” he said.

Roads in the Wheatbelt are severely flooded, restricting access between towns, which is also impacting CBH’s road and rail networks.

CBH general manager of operations David Capper said the rain was affecting its road and rail network as well as grain handling at its port operations.

“In the Kwinana and Albany port zones we have had limited ability to move grain via road or rail since Friday morning,” Capper said.

“We are working closely with our customers, freight operators and infrastructure stakeholders to understand and minimise the impact of flooding and subsequent delays to our operations.

“Our focus is on ensuring the safety of all involved in the movement of grain throughout the network while managing this weather event.”

If your property has been affected by floods, visit the DAFWA website for more information.

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