Farmer, 81, swept away
BAJOOL farmer Alan Kane, 81, died at the weekend after the ute he was driving was swept into Station Creek by floodwaters.
His body was retrieved around 5pm by police divers.
It is believed just after 7 o’clock on Friday night, Mr Kane attempted to cross a flooded causeway on Upper Ulam Road, Mount Hopeful, in his utility when rising waters swept the vehicle into Station Creek.
The vehicle was found around 150 metres downstream from the crossing on Saturday.
Long-time Bajool resident Bruce McCamley said the location of the incident was a bad spot.
He said motorists had to drive down a curve into it and then up around another curve getting out.
Mr McCamley said the stretch of road had been like that for decades.
“When it rains, it’s bad,” he said. “There’s been accidents there even when it’s dry.
“People up that way have been complaining and complaining about it for years.”
Mr McCamley said the stretch of road was in the Rockhampton Regional Council area.
He said Mr Kane had lived there for a number of years.
Parts of Banana Shire were subjected to flooding and storm activity at the weekend with Local Disaster Management Committee put on stand-by on Friday night by Gladstone police.
Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper said flooded areas were mostly in the southern part of the shire as the Dawson River had risen, particularly at Baralaba.
The Leichhardt Highway was cut off at Taroom, both north and south of the bridge; while the Baralaba-Woorabinda Road, the Duraringa-Biloela Road in the north and the Dawson Highway between Banana and Biloela were closed.
Cr Vaughn Becker said while there had been no evacuations, there were some people who had relocated to stay in town as people had become more flood-prepared following the February/March event.
He said the river rose to 7.26 metres in March and it was at 7.11m at noon yesterday.
“This is now officially the wettest year since records have been kept at Taroom Post Office from the 1870s,” Cr Becker said.