Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott announced disaster recovery assistance has been extended to a further 13 local government areas following the severe storms and floods in NSW through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Acting Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced the establishment of Operation NSW FLOOD ASSIST 21-1. The Australian Defence Force is supporting the NSW Government-led efforts with aerial search and rescue support, civilian evacuation operations, and preparing forces to assist in recovery operations.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and Acting Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne announced the deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel and equipment to support search and rescue activities for the flood emergency in NSW.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott announced the NSW Local Government Areas of Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Liverpool, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Sutherland, The Hills and Wollondilly would receiv
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott announced disaster recovery assistance for the NSW Local Government Areas of Armidale, Bellingen, Central Coast, Cessnock City, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour City, Dungog, Kempsey, Lake Macquarie, Maitland City, Mid-Coast, Nambucca Valley, Newcastle City, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Port Stephens, an
Recovery assistance grants of up to $25,000 are now available for North Queensland primary producers impacted by Tropical Cyclone Niran in late February-early March 2021.
The assistance is available for the Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands areas, and can be used for repairs to buildings and fencing, and clean-up activities.
Two chemical treatments have now been approved for use in central-western and north-western Queensland as part of efforts to address the widespread problem of large grasshopper numbers.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has issued Emergency Use Permits for the use of chemical products containing fenitrothion, and chemical products containing fipronil. The permits allow landholders in the Mitchell Grass bioregion to legally use the specified chemical in accordance with the approved use instructions on the permits and product labels.
During our recent trip to Winton in North West Queensland we caught up with Mayor and Advisory Board member Gavin Baskett to talk about the damage grasshoppers are doing to pasture and the local efforts to understand the extent of the problem and how it can be addressed.
Good pasture growth is disappearing virtually overnight as the grasshoppers move through the area in significant numbers. This is the third year the region’s faced this challenge which comes on the back of drought and the 2019 flood event.
North Queensland communities affected by the 2019 flood event can apply for resilience and risk reduction grants that help reduce, mitigate and manage the risks of future disasters.
The Australian Government-funded ‘Managing Disaster Risk’ grants of up to $2 million each are exclusively earmarked for the 14 local government areas hardest hit by the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough – Burke, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville, Winton and Whitsundays.
A rural and remote mental health disaster and resilience framework and multipurpose community facilities that provide a comfortable and safe environment for people to seek support are two of the recommendations from the North West Flood Recovery and Resilience Summit held at Julia Creek in Queensland.
The Western Queensland Primary Health Network, which hosted the event along with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the National Drought and Flood Agency, recently released the Summit report.