Growers in Victoria’s Sunraysia region are being urged to apply for a Clean Up and Restoration Grant if they were directly affected by the Remembrance Day storms in November 2016.
Grants of up to $25,000 are being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
The Grants are available to all eligible primary producers in the affected Mildura Rural City Council region. Eligible primary producers can apply immediately.
Crops affected by the storm included wine and table grapes, dried fruit, summer fruit, avocados, nuts, citrus, olives and vegetables.
Fields of cereal and legume crops were also damaged in farming communities outside Mildura.
Agriculture Victoria staff attended numerous community events in the aftermath of the storm to provide information on available support and gather detailed intelligence about the impact of the weather event.
Visits to affected properties to assess damage has included aerial and drone surveillance.
Agriculture Victoria has also maintained ongoing contact with industry bodies to share information about the varied impact on different sectors.
The Victorian Government estimates that damage to the farming sector ranges between $77.6 million and $156.8 million.
Grants for primary producers will assist in covering the substantial expenditure involved in clean-up and reinstatement – including salvaging crops, repair or replacement of essential equipment, the disposal of damaged goods and buying in fodder for affected livestock.
To apply, primary producers can contact Rural Finance Victoria on 1800 260 425 or at ruralfinance.com.au.
Mildura Rural City Council will also receive $120,000 from the Community Recovery Fund to fund a dedicated Recovery Officer to work with members of the local community.