The State Government will provide more help to flood-affected primary producers in the Gawler River Floodplain region so they can get back to full production faster.
As flood waters recede, our priority is to help producers assess the damage and remove rubbish, building materials and spoiled crops.
Primary Industries and Regions SA will coordinate the waste management program, beginning with assessments to identify the waste and then work out the best management and removal methods.
While the assessment process is underway, landholders are advised to pile the waste in an accessible area on their property, at a safe distance from roadways. Waste will be collected at no cost to the landholder. Topsoil will not be collected.
Flood-affected primary producers can still apply for grants of up to $10,000 – totalling $3 million - to reimburse immediate recovery costs associated with flooding and storm damage.
The recovery grants are available to assist eligible businesses in the flood-affected areas in the City of Playford and the Adelaide Plains Council. The grants can be used to reimburse additional clean-up and reinstatement costs not covered by insurance.
Early damage assessments of the flood-affected region have put the damage bill at more than $50 million, with up to 300 primary producers affected and between 1000-1500 hectares of farming land (open fields and greenhouses) inundated with flood waters.
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
PIRSA’s recovery teams have visited about 300 landowners and met with local industry sectors across the Gawler River Floodplain, getting firsthand accounts of the damage.
Most of the affected primary producers have lost annual crops, with many close to - or at the point of harvest – resulting in significant loss of income.
The State Government has listened to concerns in the region and the most immediate help we can offer is by stepping in and coordinating the clean-up.
This will help speed up waste removal, ensure all properties are part of the clean-up, and get this region back on its feet - returning to its role as one of Australia’s premier intensive food production zones.
Help is not limited to just the clean-up. A program providing additional technical and business advice for affected landholders will be made available, as the next step in the recovery program.
Also, affected primary producers can still access the flood recovery grants of up to $10,000, and the Business Reinvestment Industry Taskforce will examine ways flood affected businesses and industries can come out of this storm stronger than before.
We realise for many farmers it may take 6 to 12 months to recover. The State Government will be here for the long haul, working with them to get them back on their feet.
Affected landholders are being encouraged to call the PIRSA hotline on 08 8207 7847 or visit the Gawler River Flood Management Recovery centre at the Virginia Horticulture Centre, Old Port Wakefield Rd, Virginia to discuss their options or register for a waste assessment/removal.
The Government has already provided $260,000 to help with the flood recovery work, including pumping flood water away from properties.
The focus of the taskforce will be on using business reinvestment opportunities to re-establish and grow the primary production businesses affected by the storms and floods.
PIRSA staff, along with other State Government agencies and non-Government organisations, such as Red Cross, are on hand at the Virginia Recovery Centre to deliver advice and assistance to those affected by the storms and floods.
Information and services are also available for those affected by the severe weather and flooding. They can visit www.sa.gov.au/recovery and stay up to date via the Facebook www.facebook.com/sarecoveryinfo.
People affected by the floods can also call the Recovery Hotline on 1800 302 787.
Information and guidelines on how to apply for the $10,000 grants are available on the Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) website at www.pir.sa.gov.au/gawlerriverplainsfloodgrant