Carrathool Shire Council staff teamed up with willing locals to help out at a rollover of a B-double carrying 700 sheep at Goolgowi on Tuesday morning 29 August 2017.
The B-double was travelling west along the Kidman Way when it rolled on the Goolgowi roundabout around 8am. Council staff, together with RMS workers, quickly took control of traffic management, whilst other Council staff went to the aid of the truck driver and passenger. Fortunately, they were not seriously injured, so the focus then turned to freeing the sheep from the wrecked truck, and treating the injured stock.
“It was great to see how readily our team members pitched in to help,” Carrathool Shire Council General Manager Joanne Treacy said today. “Equally terrific was the generous efforts of Goolgowi locals, including Cr Mick Armstrong, Donna, Ella and Laurie who were able to assist also. Local business people, Serena and Mick from the Goolgowi General Store, and Robert from the Goolgowi pub also helped with both their time and welcome donations of pizza and sandwiches for the recovery crew.” 18 staff from Carrathool Shire worked tirelessly to manage the emergency situation, free the sheep and clean up. Thanks also has to go to “Rocky” the dog for all his round up work. He enjoyed a well deserved treat at the end of the day.
State Emergency Services personnel were at the scene, as was a unit from the Goolgowi District Rural Fire Service.
The road was re-opened and surviving 450 sheep re-located to nearby yards by 3pm, which was a great effort by all those who helped out at the scene.