Increased support for fire affected farmers

Published: 15 Nov 2019

Fire affected farmers and landholders on the NSW North Coast and Northern Tablelands regions can access extra food and water after increasing calls for help with livestock welfare.

More than 170 staff from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are providing assistance with

  • animal assessment and veterinary assistance
  • stock euthanasia and burial
  • livestock feeding and management advice
  • care of animals in evacuation centres.

In the Coffs Harbour region, emergency fodder distribution points are operating at Grafton, Kempsey and Macksville.

In the Northern Tablelands, services are available at Glen Innes and Walcha.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said more staff will be deployed and additional fodder points will be established across the state over the coming days.

“We are experiencing a high demand for support, and we’re expecting that to increase as more people can access their properties as they are deemed safe to re-enter,” he said.

Landholders are urged to act early and contact the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 to access a range of support in this difficult time.

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