Flood emergency support for rural landholders
31 March 2017
With a number of flood alerts in place across the North Coast, North Coast Local Land Services is providing assistance to landholders with flood-related stock or agricultural issues.
Landholders who need help with emergency support for their livestock, emergency fodder, stock water and other materials should contact North Coast Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
The following contact numbers are also provided for those impacted by the current flood emergency:
- For all calls relating to flood assistance refer to SES (Flood & Storm Response) 132 500
- For financial assistance contact Department of Human Services (Centrelink) 132 850
- Emergency housing inquiries including temporary accommodation contact Department of Family and Community Services (Housing Centre) 1800 422 322
With the continual onslaught of wet weather and floodwaters, livestock have been severely impacted in a number of areas across the North Coast region.
Floodwaters and wet conditions can cause a wide range of livestock health issues, even for some time after the waters have subsided.
Livestock that have been standing in water for some time, or that have been submerged, are most at risk of developing disease issues and should be monitored closely.
Knowing the signs of disease and parasites that occur during floods can help livestock recover faster and make treatment options more effective. The main issues to be aware of include:
- foot problems
- skin issues
- grazing issues
- mosquitoes and flies
- feed and pastures
Keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology website for flood alerts and warnings and listen to local radio. For further advice or assistance contact North Coast Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.
Michelle Gapes, Communications Officer, 0429 824 321