This foggy, frosty early-morning scene belies tragedy hidden in clear view.
March 5 2012, will be remembered as the night almost 9000 residents of Wagga Wagga were forced from their homes by the worst flood since 1853 — nearly 160 years ago.
Fortunately the city’s levee held and two months later its citizens’ lives have basically returned to normal.
However, the surrounding districts have hundreds of kilometres of fences swaddled in dead grasses and branches as a result of the recent floods. The slowly rotting debris has to be removed to save the fences from rusting and a small corps of volunteers is working to help the local farmers.
It is a daunting task. A strong team of four on a good day might manage to knock the debris off less than a kilometre of fencing.