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$10,000 flood recovery grants still available

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Grants of up to $10,000 are still available to help primary producers recover from the recent Gawler River floodplain floods.


The recovery assistance grants are available to primary producers who suffered direct damage to their businesses as a result of the Gawler River floodplain floods on 28 September - 5 October 2016.

The grants are intended to provide short-term, targeted assistance by reimbursing clean-up and reinstatement costs that are not covered by insurance.

Further information on the grants, including eligibility criteria and application forms, are available from: www.pir.sa.gov.au/gawlerriverplainsfloodgrant

Information on any aspect of the flood recovery process is available from 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.

Quotes attributable to PIRSA Acting Deputy Chief Executive, Will Zacharin

PIRSA staff are working hard to assist affected primary producers get back on their feet. We’ve started to collect and dispose of the more than 600 tonnes of waste created by the floods - but there’s still more work to be done.

The Gawler River floodplains area is vitally important to the state, and PIRSA is focussed on helping primary producers recover from this event.

Primary producers affected by the flooding are using the grants to reimburse the cost of removal or repair of soil, reconditioning plant and equipment, and repairs to primary production infrastructure.

Background

The grant can be used to reimburse the following activities:

  • Clean-up costs, including the hire of equipment, materials, and additional external labour costs.
  • Clean-up and removal of soil and other flood debris.
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing), shade houses, fencing, and irrigation infrastructure on property not covered by any other assistance.
  • Repair and stabilisation of soil to return farming land to its prior land use.
  • Repairing and reconditioning essential plant and equipment.
  • Salvaging crops, grain, and feed.
  • Maintenance of livestock and poultry health.
  • Purchasing fodder for livestock not covered by any other assistance.

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

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

Vietnamese and Khmer translations of flood recovery information are also available from the assessment teams, at the recovery office, and at www.pir.sa.gov.au

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