As a result of the recent heavy rains and flooding, the NSW Government has recently announced that disaster assistance has been made available for flood-affected communities, including the Balranald local government area.
A range of assistance is now available the Balranald local government area to help flood-affected individuals, small businesses, primary producers, and the local councils with their recovery, including:
· Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged;
· Support for affected local councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets;
· Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and nonprofit organisations;
· Freight subsidies for primary producers; and
· Grants to non-profit organisations.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444.
To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit raa.nsw.gov.au
Please click on the following links to access information prepared by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Riverina Local Land Services and Murray Local Land Services for flood affected landholders
Landholder Flood Recovery Guide – Edition 1
The spring 2016 floods in the Riverina-Murray region were one of the most protracted and widespread flood events on record. The prolonged inundation and flooding impacted agricultural businesses across most industries, some significantly.
While many producers are flat out with harvest, there is still an opportunity before 2017 to think through some of the issues caused by the flooding such as animal health risks, weeds, pasture management and mosquito-borne disease.
To help producers in this recovery process, the NSW Government has produced a document called Landholder Flood Recovery Advice, which provides some useful information from a range of contributors including Murray Local Land Services, Riverina Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Rural Financial Counselling Service.