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Morrison visits flood-hit Queensland farms

By AAP Newswire

Scott Morrison has used his first trip since being returned as prime minister to visit Queensland graziers recovering from floods.

Mr Morrison has flown to the state's north-west to inspect properties swamped by the February floodwaters, which are thought to have killed half-a-million head of livestock.

Standing on the steps of the Cloncurry bowls club, he paid tribute to the resilience of Queenslanders devastated by the natural disaster.

"What I know absolutely is that this part of Australia is going to be vibrant, successful, and prosperous for generations to come," he told hundreds of locals on Thursday night.

"Its going to happen because of the hard work and commitment of the people that are here.

"This has been one of those times when I think Australians have really all pulled together and shown everyone what we can do."

Hours earlier, the prime minister stepped off a plane and straight into a meeting with a flood recovery agency.

The agency, headed by former Northern Territory chief minister Shane Stone, has held nine community forums across outback Queensland since it was established in March.

Farmers are being offered restocking grants, concessional loans and access to mental health support.

More than $3.3 billion has been paid or committed to help farmers respond and recover.

Mr Morrison praised the agency for reaching out to desperate farmers so quickly.

"It was a very, very significant and very fragile time for this part of the country," he told agency heads.

"The swiftness with which we had to respond was really clear to me. The urgency was what was needed, and governments really needed to stand up. This team here has enabled the government to stand up."

Hundreds of locals packed into the bowling club to join the prime minister for a sundowner.

With a barbecue burning out front, Mr Morrison weaved his way through a heaving crowd along the bar, stopping often for a country kiss and a cuddle.

The man in caps was gifted another - this time for the local muster.

Among the crowd was Brenda Bulley, a grazier from nearby Julia Creek.

She lost lost more than 60 per cent of her stock across three properties in the February floods.

Almost 2000 of her cattle were killed.

"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.

"Even though it was a big financial setback, it was just devastating to see how they died."

Ms Bulley has received two $75,000 special disaster recovery grants in the aftermath of the floods, purchasing nearly 300 small steers.

"Personally we just want to say thank you - what he's done is amazing - and also to follow up and return," she said.

It's the prime minister's second trip to Cloncurry this year.

In February, he inspected herds of cattle that had drowned, others frozen, and some lying dead in dry mud.

On Friday, the prime minister is expected to visit a family farm that has received recovery grants, before meeting other primary producers at an outback sporting event.

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.