Scott Morrison has returned to outback Queensland to meet graziers recovering from devastating floods.
In his first post-election trip as prime minister, Mr Morrison has flown to the state’s north-west to meet farmers still reeling from the February floodwaters.
“There’s a long way to go and a lot of rebuilding,” he told 2GB Radio on Friday.
“There’s a lot of positivity despite the hardship and despite the challenge, so it’s a matter of maintaining that into the future.”
The prime minister acknowledged that while the floods had turned the landscape green, the waters also washed away the top soil, presenting farmers a new challenge.
He will kick off Friday by visiting Jacqueline and Robert Curley at their Cloncurry stud.
The cattle breeding family has received a $75,000 special disaster recovery grant in the aftermath of the floods.
More than $3.3 billion has been paid or committed to help farmers respond and recover.
Farmers are being offered restocking grants, concessional loans and access to mental health support.
The prime minister will then head to the Burke & Wills Campdraft, an annual rodeo attended by hundreds of farmers and primary producers.
Arriving into Cloncurry overnight, Mr Morrison paid tribute to the resilience of Queenslanders recovering from the natural disaster, which is thought to have killed half-a-million head of livestock.
“What I know absolutely is that this part of Australia is going to be vibrant, successful, and prosperous for generations to come,” he told Cloncurry locals at the bowling club on Thursday night.
“This has been one of those times when I think Australians have really all pulled together and shown everyone what we can do.”
It’s the prime minister’s second trip to north-west Queensland this year.
In February, he surveyed herds of cattle that had drowned, others frozen, some still lying dead in dry mud.
Hundreds of locals packed into the bowls club to meet him this time around.
Among the crowd was Brenda Bulley, a grazier from nearby Julia Creek, who lost more than 60 per cent of her stock in the February floods.
“The impact was devastating – to see the stock that had suffered, the way that they died – the amount of stock that we lost,” Ms Bulley told AAP.
Ms Bulley has received two $75,000 special disaster recovery grants in the aftermath of the floods, purchasing nearly 300 small steer.
Mr Morrison also praised the livestock recovery agency for reaching out to farmers so quickly.
“It was a very, very significant and very fragile time for this part of the country,” he told agency heads at a meeting in Cloncurry.
“When you need to get things done, you’ve got to clear the way and make sure we can get support to people when they need it.”
The latest visit mirrors the first trip Mr Morrison made when he became prime minister last year, citing drought as the main priority for his government.