With major impacts to a range agricultural industries from the Mid-North Coast through to the Hunter and beyond and the east coast from Brisbane to the Victorian border bracing for damaging winds, heavy rain and wild surf over the next 48 hours, here is the latest information we have on assistance and support available to primary producers and agricultural communities.
Agriculture and Animal Services Function Area
Flood-affected farmers can register for support including emergency fodder, animal assessment and welfare assistance, by calling a special Animal Services Hotline.
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are working together under the umbrella ‘Agriculture and Animal Services Function Area’ (AASFA), to manage the effects of the current flood emergency.
Additional support services offered include veterinary assistance, livestock feeding, management advice, stock euthanasia and disposal and care of animals in evacuation centres.
The damage survey allows landholders to record the number of crops, animals, infrastructure and other primary industries damaged in a single event, add photos to the assessment and see the severity of damage in locals areas.
Those who wish to register for assistance can call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 or for Rural Assistance Authority, click here.
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment
The Australian Government has activated the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to support those heavily affected by the storms and flooding in New South Wales.
Support through the AGDRP and DRA is now available in 34 local government areas with more to be added following further assessments in consultation with the NSW Government.
Our thoughts go out to all members and the communities within which they live and work who have been impacted by the floods. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news on government and other support available as we receive it.