Disaster assistance for farmers

Published 15th June, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services

Disaster assistance has been extended to primary producers and farmers in the local government areas of Dungog, Great Lakes, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Brisbane Waters, the parish of Branxton, parish of Heddon and parish of Stockrington.

The Premier walks with farmers in the NSW Hunter region
Premier Mike Baird meets farmers from the NSW Hunter region affected by the severe weather event NSW's east coast experienced between April 20 and 22.

Assistance is being provided under the federal state Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Primary Producers, farmers and Oyster growers in Port Stephens and Brisbane Waters, who are recovering from damage caused by severe flooding and storms will be provided with a clean–up and recovery grant of up to $15,000.

Disaster assistance will help primary producers and farmers to:

  • repair or replace equipment
  • salvage crops
  • restore pastures and
  • buy grain or feed.

The Dungog Community Support Worker Project has also been allocated $145,000 to provide practical and emotional support to families and individuals who experienced significant damage and distress.

More information

Disaster assistance information can be found at the Ministry for Police and Emergency Services website www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/for-the-community/disaster-assistance website or the Australian Government Disaster Assist website.

Primary producers and farmers: call the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au to see if you’re eligible for this grant.

Published 15th June, 2015 in Emergency Services, Family & Community Services