NSW Floods – Updates and Information

Heavy rains, storms and floods have caused damage to cropping, horticulture, dairy and livestock operations on the north coast.

On 29 January, 10 local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release.
On 6 February, 5 additional local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release.
On 11 February, 4 additional local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release
On 25 February, 11 additional local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release.
On 5 March, 6 additional local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release
On 13 March, 5 additional local government areas were declared natural disaster areas. See here for release

Natural disaster declarations have been made for the following local government areas. As a result natural disaster assistance is available to affected residents, small business owners and primary producers in these areas:

Storms and Flooding - February 2013
  • Ballina
  • Bellingen
  • Byron
  • Camden
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Gloucester
  • Greater Taree
  • Great Lakes
  • Hawkesbury
  • Kempsey
  • Kiama
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore
  • Lithgow
  • Nambucca
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Randwick
  • Richmond Valley
  • Shoalhaven
  • Upper Hunter
  • Walcha
Storms and Flooding - January 2013
  • Ballina Shire
  • Bellingen Shire
  • Byron Shire
  • Clarence Valley
  • Coffs Harbour City
  • Glen Innes Severn
  • Gloucester
  • Great Lakes
  • Inverell
  • Moree Plains
  • Kempsey
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore City
  • Nambucca Shire
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Richmond Valley
  • Tenterfield
  • Tweed Shire
  • Upper Hunter
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Assistance
Category C assistance ($15,000) grants have been announced for the Clarence Valley and Coffs Harbour local government areas. See here for release.

Category C assistance ($15,000) grants have been announced for the Bellingen, Greater Taree, Kempsey, Lismore, Nambucca, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Tweed  local government areas. See here for release.

NSW Farmers has prepared a fact sheet on natural disaster declarations and the available assistance. See here for fact sheet.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments has also been extended to the area of the Clarence Valley. See here for release and here for more information on the assistance

Other work
NSW Farmers has raised the issue of additional assistance for affected farmers with relevant agencies and ministerial offices. Announcements on this matter will depend on information being collected by the DPI.

In situations like these, governments look at the impact of the event on the whole of the community not just individual properties. NSW Farmers has and will continue to advocate against the inequities that arise sometimes from this approach at both state and federal levels.

NSW Farmers members have been involved in DPI’s information collection and working with Dairy Australia in representing the dairy industry on the flood issue.

Other information
For more information about current emergencies and disaster assistance go to www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

For current weather and flood warnings go to www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/

Those needing assistance from the SES should contact their local unit on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency always ring Triple Zero (000).

Contact: NSW Farmers Members Service Centre

Phone: 1300 794 000

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