Jambin farmers’ battle six months after Marcia
JAMBIN farmers Nathan and Tammy Harch were high and dry when floodwater hit their property late on the night of February 20 - but their grain crops copped the full force of the impact.
More than half their 216ha farm was inundated by floodwater, leaving what the young family has anticipated will be a clean-up bill to the tune of $125,000 and more than a year of hard work.
While they are hopeful the State Government's Category C assistance will relieve $25,000 of expenses, their main crop for the season is only just gaining legs.
"We have lost about $80,000 worth of income," Mrs Harch said.
"Our main crop for the year was gone and everyone was having a good mung bean crop at the time."
Mrs Harch said while the devastation was a harsh reality to face, their beloved 'Koolargo' would return to its former glory.
"This hasn't put us off," she said. "Nathan loves it - this is his family property, it's in his blood."
Mr Harch said while they expected the property to be fully operational in about a year, it would take much longer for the crops to be entirely restored.
He is still working day in and day out to rebuild fences, cultivate crops, restore damaged roadways and mend equipment.
"Structurally we will be back in maybe 12 months but the yield of the crop could take four to five years," he said.
"The overflow of Callide Creek goes straight through the middle of our property."
The couple represents one of many farming families impacted when the Callide Dam gates opened and they join other Jambin and Argoon property owners seeking answers.
'We just feel like (SunWater) is being arrogant," Mr Harch said.
"We never thought the flood study would answer all our questions, but when they refuse to answer us, it makes us angry.
"We would have a lot less against SunWater if they just came out and explained to us why they did what they did."