Grants available for primary producers
MAYOR Ron Dyne yesterday welcomed the announcement of grants of up to $25,000 to help with the economic impacts of the flood, particularly for primary producers struggling to meet recovery costs.
"The financial and emotional toll is extremely high for primary producers, particularly those who were hard hit by the 2011 floods," Cr Dyne said.
"The floods were quick, destructive and dirty, ruining farming infrastructure and spreading debris and silt across pastures and crops.
"Small crops, cattle fodder, soybean and fruit tree productions across the region are ruined and badly damaged, with farmers faced with ploughing in or replanting.
"Farmers have had the unpleasant task of disposing of dead livestock swept away or trapped by the flood waters.
"The loss of power meant some dairy farmers across the region couldn't milk cows, so whole herds were plagued with mastitis, and some of those who were able to milk had to pour it down the drain due to transport lines being cut.
"Farm infrastructure, including fences, pumps, drainage and irrigation equipment, are in need of urgent repairs. Help is needed and it's needed now ..."