The hailstorm on 11 November caused significant damage to crops and equipment in the Riverland. Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is currently working with primary producers to assess the damage.
Primary producers are encouraged to report damage either to PIRSA assessment teams in the field, in person at the Storm Response Centre (set up at the Loxton Research Centre) or through a 24-hour hotline, 0476 834 530. Over 200 assessments have been done so far.
PIRSA staff and rural financial counsellors are on hand at the Storm Response Centre to advise primary producers on services and assistance that is available to them, and to provide technical information on recovery for growers with hail damage.
PIRSA is liaising with other government agencies to ensure a full suite of support services is on hand at the Storm Response Centre.
Once the full extent of the storm damage is assessed, the State Government will be able to determine what assistance may be offered.
The PIRSA website will keep you up to date with what’s happening.
Meanwhile, Recovery Assistance grants are available to eligible primary producers who suffered direct damage as a result of the Gawler River Floodplain floods which occurred between 28 September and 5 October this year.
Up to $10,000 is available under the recovery grants which are intended to provide short-term, targeted assistance by reimbursing clean-up and reinstatement costs that are not covered by insurance.
PIRSA is also coordinating a flood waste removal program for primary producers affected by floods, with assessors visiting around 200 properties in the Gawler River floodplains flood area.
Flood waste will start being removed from affected primary production properties this week. The 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.
For further information emergency management visit the PIRSA website.