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Flood Update and Assistance

During this time of significant storm and flood across northern NSW and Sydney our thoughts go to those who are affected. If anyone needs assistance from NGINA, please contact NGINA CEO, Anita Campbell on 0478 505 869 or BTSM Chris O’Connor 0481 172 217.

The rain is forecast to continue over the coming days so please ensure that you keep updated on new warnings via the NSW SES website (https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/) and their various social media channels, and local ABC radio. If you require assistance due to flood and storm emergencies, please phone NSW SES, 132 500. In life-threatening emergencies call 000 (triple zero).

Also attached is a Nursery Preparation List specifically for floods—useful for anyone not yet impacted but preparing for further wet conditions. The ABC Emergency webpage is also a useful tool for emergency and general information on disaster preparation and recovery https://www.abc.net.au/emergency/

Government Assistance

In response to the storms and floods, Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) were declared on 4th of March across the following Local Government Areas:

Armidale, Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Hornsby, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie/Hastings, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, The Hills and Tweed

Once approved, eligible primary producers can access $15,000 in assistance up-front, with a further $60,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices. For further information please refer to the NSW Rural Assistance Authority page linked below https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/storm-and-flood-programs/sdg-february-2022

Grants for small businesses - up to $50,000 is available to cover costs including repairing damaged fittings and equipment and replacing stock. Call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/storm-and-flood-assistance-businesses/storm-and-flood-disaster-recovery-small-business to register.

The Disaster Recovery Payment is $1000 per adult and $400 per child. For a family with two adults and two children, that's $2800 available now. The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is an ongoing payment for a maximum of 13 weeks. This is up to $677 per fortnight, depending on your personal circumstances. To claim the Disaster Recovery Payment and/or the allowance click this link: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/nsw-floods-february-2022

If you require support to claim, call the Australian Government Emergency Information Line on 180 22 66.

As further support becomes available NGINA will communicate this with members.

Growers who are affected by the floods should if possible fill out the NSW DPI natural disaster damage survey when practical to do so. This survey will help inform NSW DPI and LLS to shape what help is required and where in the coming days and weeks. The link can be found at

https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/emergencies/emergency/community/primary-industries-natural-disaster-damage-survey

There will obviously be a need for clean-up operations on the other side of the floods. Once the waters recede NGINA will assist with mobilising people to help with the clean-up and spreading the word to borrow equipment. Please send any requests for help to info@ngina.com.au and likewise do the same if you are able to offer time and/or equipment.

In the meantime please keep safe and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.