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Joint media release: Primary producers urged to report damage

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and North Coast Local Land Services are urging primary producers to report damage, including stock and fodder losses, as well as damage to farms, fencing and other farm infrastructure following significant flooding from ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie, in the north east of the State.

NSW DPI Regional Coordinator, Rik Whitehead said producers are now starting to gain access to their paddocks to assess the extent of the flood related damage.

“Farmers should report all flood-related damage, including stock and fodder losses, as well as damage to plantations, fencing and other farm infrastructure,” said Mr Whitehead.

“This will ensure we understand the full extent of the damage and can provide ongoing support where it is needed most.”

Local Land Services Emergency Coordination Controller, Ian Poe said, “So far approximately 155 landholders have reported stock losses and agricultural damage, however as we continue to see flood waters recede and farmers can get back into their paddocks we expect that number to significantly increase.”

“We have a team of people on the ground who can provide advice and assistance and landholders who need help with emergency support for their livestock, emergency fodder and stock water should contact North Coast Local Land Services on 1300 795 299,” said Mr Poe.

The Australian and NSW governments have announced disaster assistance for flood-affected communities, in the Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed local government area, through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

“Assistance for farmers under the NDRRA includes concessional interest rate loans of up to $130,000 for those in urgent need and freight subsidies for primary producers of up to 50 per cent of the cost of transporting fodder to an affected property and stock to and from agistment,” said Mr Whitehead.

“To apply for a concessional loan or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.”

Report any flood-related damage to Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Media contact:      
Jamie Jones, NSW Department of Primary Industries, 6391 3686
Michelle Gapes, North Coast Local Land Services, 0429 824 321

Photo caption:      
North Coast agricultural producers should report flood damage to 1300 795 299 Image credit: NSW SES