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Fodder distribution sites close, support continues

Livestock producers who have been impacted by bush fires on the Northern Tablelands have accessed emergency fodder at the Walcha Racecourse and Glen Innes Showground over the last couple of weeks. The emergency fodder distribution points will close on Friday 29 November.

NSW Local Land Services (LLS) and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) established the emergency fodder distribution points across the fire-affected regions to provide emergency fodder in support of animal welfare needs in the critical initial stages of the emergency.

Northern Tablelands LLS General Manager, Paul Hutchings, said staff at the emergency fodder distribution sites and fire grounds, have been working tirelessly to provide emergency fodder and stock water, animal assessment, stock euthanasia and burial, livestock feeding and management advice and care of animals in evacuation centres.

“As the distribution points are winding back operations, support for impacted primary producers and communities will continue as long-term recovery support commences. Support will continue to be provided through the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647,” Paul said.

“NSW DPI Rural Resilience officers are also available to support fire affected primary producers – they are there to listen, learn and link rural communities, families and individuals with the most appropriate services and information.”

Anyone wishing to contact the Rural Resilience team can call Jen Haberecht on 0400 160 287 or visit the website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rural-support/rural-resilience-program.

The Federal Government has announced a recovery package of $48.25 million, the largest bushfire disaster relief funding package recorded in NSW.

Eligible farmers and small business on the Northern Tablelands who were impacted by the recent NSW bushfires can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to assist with clean-up and the replacement of infrastructure, including repairing and replacing damaged fences, equipment
and machinery.

To apply for a recovery grant, primary producers and small businesses should contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.


The bush fires have fast-tracked the need for farmers to make tough decisions. If you need advice to help you make decisions about whether to feed or sell your livestock please contact a Livestock Officer at Northern Tablelands LLS for assistance – Inverell on 02 6720 8300,
Glen Innes on 02 6732 8800, Armidale on 02 6770 2000 or Tenterfield on 02 6739 1400.

Media contact: Annabelle Monie 02 6720 8317 or 0429 626 326.