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Gawler River flood waste now being removed

Monday 28 November 2016

Flood waste from the recent Gawler River floodplain floods will start being removed from affected primary production properties this week.


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

The waste removal process is expected to take several weeks, with hundreds of tonnes of flood waste to be removed – including ruined crops, damaged infrastructure, and farm chemicals.

Affected primary producers who have not yet been visited by flood waste assessors are encouraged to register their interest 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.

The closing date for assessment applications is Friday 2 December 2016.

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.) - Note that hazardous waste will be removed as a separate process coordinated by Green Industries SA. Flood waste assessors are able to provide this information when they visit.

Affected primary producers are requested to separate and pile waste – where safe and practicable to do so – into these four categories, in an accessible area on their property.

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.

PIRSA staff are working hard to help get the affected primary producers in the region back on their feet.

We remind affected primary producers that grants of up to $10,000 are also available to help reimburse costs associated with flood clean-up and 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 also 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.

The SA Flood Appeal was set up by the SA Produce Market to assist growers recover from the recent flood event in the Gawler River floodplain region. IGA have come on board to offer their support in helping to raise funds which will go towards purchasing seedlings and assist in re-establishing viable crops for the future, ensuring all affected producers get back on track as soon as possible. Donate to the SA Flood Appeal at https://www.foodbanksa.org.au/donate-online and select ‘SA Flood Appeal’.

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

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Kate Husband - Communications Manager, Primary Industries
Email: Kate.Husband@sa.gov.au
Phone: 0423 296 579

Celia Brissenden - Communications Manager, Regional Development
Email: celia.brissenden@sa.gov.au


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