Prime Minister, Premier fly in to see impact of 2021 Forbes floods

A local farmer has been able to share just how hard the floods have hit with both State and Federal leaders.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack on Sunday flew over flood-ravaged farmland and visited Bedgerabong's Scott Darcy to hear first hand about the crops and livestock he's lost in recent weeks of flooding.

Disaster assistance has been announced, but Mr Morrison was asked whether further support would be available now the impact of the flooding has been seen.

"What's been good to do is to listen and to see, so we can understand and make some good decisions together about the supports and other things that are needed," Mr Morrison told media at the end of his visit.

"That rural economy, that supports so many of these towns across rural and regional Australia, that rural economy has to fire, and that means that these producers ... that they can get back on the front foot and start growing the food and fibre that this country, particularly the central west is famous for.

"The first point today was to come hear, to see and to listen.

"It really has had quite a devastating impact on quite a number of farmers in this district.

"What we're asking is Shane Stone and Shane Fitzsimmons, who lead the respective recovery and resilience agencies in NSW and at federal level ... to tailor the right sort of support that can get people back on their feet."

Shane Stone is the Coordinator General of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency; Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM is the head of Resilience NSW.

Mr Darcy, who spoke with the Advocate last week about the impact of the second flood in five years - with two years of drought in between - said his message had been a simple one.

"Sco Mo asked what we needed: assistance and made easier (to apply for and access)," he said. "We don't want another low-interest loan."

The visit was also an opportunity to say thank you to State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service volunteers, and the official visit began with a barbecue at the Forbes SES headquarters.

SES controller Roc Walshaw explained how floodwater impacts Forbes, and spoke of the effort that volunteers - who descended from all over the State - went to to help.

The SES, with the RFS and community volunteers, responded to 751 jobs; carried out 11 flood rescues; and filled 50,000 sandbags, he said.

Twenty-five homes were impacted by flooding to different degrees, with the SES also focussed on the communities of Bedgerabong, Warroo and Corinella which become isolated by floodwater.

The SES and RFS have continued to work to deliver critical supplies or transport to families whose properties remain inaccessible by road.

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