Flood disaster turns a profit downstream in the Gulf of Carpentaria

By Jamie Brown
Updated April 29 2019 - 2:55am, first published April 28 2019 - 1:00am
Raptis Pearl skipper Mick McGillivray, with one of his deckhands, celebrated the best start to the banana prawn season in the Gulf of Carpentaria since 1974.

A two billion dollar damage bill to Queensland graziers, with an AgForce estimate of 664,000 head dead after February floods - the worst since 1974 - has been compensated to some degree by the best start to the banana prawn harvest in the southern end of the Gulf of Carpentaria for decades.

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