Since heavy rains and wild winds hit Northern New South Wales (NSW) on 21 April, flooding has significantly affected the Hunter Valley dairying region.
Now a week on from the first rain fall, recovery assistance is the primary focus.
Council assessments have commenced with the bridge that connects Torryburn Road in East Gresford having been swept away entirely, and railway lines at
Tocal severed recovery assistance is now the primary focus.
Fencing is also an immediate concern, with the high water speed having destroyed many farm fences, as well as loss of pasture and newly sown crops. There
have been no reports of dairy stock loss to date.
Please see below for information on seeking flood recovery assistance:
If my property has been affected, what should I be doing?
- Try to focus on your priorities by writing a quick checklist of all the jobs that come to mind, including group tasks – classifying them by what needs
to be done today, this week and later in the month. Download your Dairy Australia ‘recovery priority list’ here.
- Take photos of the damage on your property to build up an inventory of losses (i.e. pumps, fencing, feed, etc).
- Report any damage to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) via the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line (1800 018 444) or NSW Farmers’ Charlie Cull
on (02) 9478 1066. Accurate and timely information will help the DPI secure the best possible level of disaster assistance.
- Keep all your receipts associated with recovery efforts.
- Remember to ask for help.
What other support is there to assist me?
- Find out about the options for milking without electricity supply here.
- Find out how to manage the health and welfare of cows during floods here.
- For information on available personal assistance, call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line (1800 018 444) or click here.
- For general information on assistance that is available for natural disaster declarations, click here.
- See the NSW Farmers’ fact sheet here for further information.
*Dairy Australia together with NSW Farmers continues to coordinate the industry response.