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Flood waste assistance for Gawler River floodplains producers

Friday 11 November 2016

A waste removal program for primary producers affected by the recent Gawler River floodplain floods is underway, with flood waste assessors now visiting properties.


Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is coordinating the flood waste removal program, with flood waste assessors visiting more than 200 properties in the flood-affected Gawler River floodplains.

Flood waste assessors will meet with primary producers to identify the waste on their properties caused by the flooding, and arrange for its removal by contractors appointed by PIRSA.

The flood waste assessment teams have started in the Lower Light suburb and are moving south. Once properties within the flood area have been assessed, dates for pick-up will be arranged.

The flood waste assessment and removal is expected to take several weeks.

Affected primary producers are encouraged to register their interest in the flood waste removal program by contacting the PIRSA hotline on 08 8207 7847, or by visiting the Flood Management Recovery Centre at the Virginia Horticulture Centre, Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia.

Flood waste that will be removed as part of the program includes:

  • Green waste (e.g. destroyed crops)
  • Recyclable waste (e.g. recyclable plastics, glass, and metal)
  • General waste (e.g. non-recyclable waste like bricks and building material, or mixes of above)
  • Hazardous waste (e.g. pesticides, solvents, and car batteries)

Affected primary producers are requested to separate and pile flood waste – where safe and practicable to do so – into those four categories.

Hazardous waste removal will be coordinated by Green Industries SA as part of a separate pick-up, with flood waste assessors able to provide further details.

Large quantities of topsoil, and general household or hard rubbish, are not eligible for removal as part of this program.

Quotes attributable to PIRSA Deputy Chief Executive, Will Zacharin

The recent storms and flooding have created some serious waste management issues for primary producers across the Gawler River floodplain in the Adelaide Plains Council and City of Playford area.

This region is one of our state’s premium production areas, generating over a third of South Australia’s horticulture production and accounting for nearly half the state’s vegetable industry jobs.

In an effort to help these businesses get back on their feet, PIRSA is coordinating this waste removal service for affected primary producers as the next step in the State Government’s recovery efforts.

The State Government has also already provided $260,000 to help with the flood recovery work, including pumping flood water away from properties and providing growers with business and technical advice.

We remind affected primary producers that grants of up to $10,000 are also available to help reimburse costs associated with flood recovery work they may have already undertaken.

Background

PIRSA staff, along with other State Government agencies and non-Government organisations, such as Red Cross, are on hand at the Recovery Centre to deliver advice and assistance to those affected by the storms and floods.

Information and services are also available online for those affected by the severe weather and flooding, at www.sa.gov.au/recovery and www.facebook.com/sarecoveryinfo

Information and guidelines on how to apply for the $10,000 grants are available on the PIRSA website at  www.pir.sa.gov.au/gawlerriverplainsfloodgrant

Green Industries SA runs a free hazardous waste disposal service at Magazine Rd and Henschke Street, Dry Creek from 9am to 12pm the first Tuesday of each month.

Vietnamese and Khmer translations of this information are also available and will be available from the waste assessment teams, at the recovery office, and at www.pir.sa.gov.au/floodwaste

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