Saturday, April 13, 2024

Shoalhaven to pilot livestock island program

Shoalhaven farmers can now take advantage of a NSW Government pilot program to help protect livestock from flooding by installing refuge mounds on rural properties.

Local Land Services is delivering the new program in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council and Dairy NSW, with the initiative open to primary producers in the Lower Shoalhaven floodplain area.

Eligible producers can apply for free professional design and mapping of flood refuge mounds and these can be used to support Shoalhaven City Council development applications.

“The NSW Government is delivering this new Flood Refuge Mounds Program to help farmers prepare for and reduce losses in future flooding events,” said Minister for Agriculture, Tara Moriarty.

“Primary producers in the Lower Shoalhaven have directly experienced the impact flooding has on communities, including affecting farming production, causing animal health issues and economic hardship. 

“This initiative provides a welcome boost for these landholders and helps protect their livelihood and livestock from future floods.”

Flood refuge mounds can provide a vital temporary refuge for livestock during flooding and need to be engineered and have local council approval to be built.

The mounds will factor in landholders’ needs and be assessed against flood planning requirements as part of the Lower Shoalhaven River Floodplain Risk Management Study.

Applications close on 31 March 2024 with the design and mapping work needing to be completed by 31 May 2024. 

The Flood Refuge Mounds Program is funded by the $13 million Early Needs Recovery Program and is part of the $150 million Primary Industry Support Package co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments.   

This package is designed to assist primary producers in flood-impacted regions and industries of NSW in their recovery from the 2022 NSW severe weather storms and flooding events.

For more information, visit the Local Land Services website.

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