Farmers face further flooding
The state’s peak agricultural body is urging farmers to keep an eye out for their neighbours as fresh rainfall once again threatens communities and landholders in the north.
Predicted six-hour falls of up to 300mm are forecast for Tuesday night in the Northern Rivers, adding strain to already-stretched flood response efforts.
NSW Farmers Rural Affairs chairman Garry Grant said it was a devastating and demoralising situation – but urged farmers and community members to remember they were not alone.
“We are calling on farmers to prioritise their own safety as well as their livestock, but also to keep an eye out for their neighbours,” Mr Grant said.
“Many members are telling us they have never seen anything like this before, and with the rain adding extra levels of pressure we are concerned that high levels of flood waters may see more homes inundated.
“To everyone in that region: stay safe, follow the directions of emergency responders, and please ask for help if you need it – you are not alone.”
Flood-affected farmers should call the Department of Primary Industries’ emergency hotline on 1800 814 647 to request assistance from Agricultural and Animal Services for animal assessment and veterinary support, emergency fodder and, if required, euthanasia and burial.
• If you require assistance due to flood and storm emergencies, please phone NSW SES, 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies call 000 (triple zero).
• Please call the Agricultural and Animal Services emergency hotline, 1800 814 647, to request assistance with livestock assessment and veterinary support, emergency fodder where access allows, and euthanasia and burial if required.
o Animal owners and managers have a legal responsibility to ensure that disposal of carcasses does not adversely affect the environment. Visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au and search “disposing of deceased stock” for more detailed advice.
• The natural disaster damage survey can be found at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/damage
• If you find injured wildlife, please contact WIRES on 1300 094 737 (13000 WIRES)
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
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