Early Needs Recovery Program

The $13 million Early Needs Recovery Program is designed to assist primary producers in the most flood-impacted regions and industries of NSW in their recovery from the 2022 NSW severe weather storms and flooding events.

The program will assist primary producers regain lost productivity through targeted technical and advisory services, industry tailored initiatives, landscape scale weed, pest and disease control and support for not-for-profit organisations to rebuild fences damaged by floods.

How will the Early Needs Recovery Program help flood affected regions?

The impact of the 2022 NSW floods on our primary industries exceeded half a billion dollars, affecting more than 30 industries and 24,000 jobs in the flood impacted areas of the North Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney and South-East regions.

The Early Needs Recovery Program will boost the resilience of primary producers, help them to regain lost productivity and ensure they are supported to rebuild, recover, and plan for the future.

Under the Early Needs Recovery program, Local Land Services will provide access to services to address key flood recovery issues, such as:

  • Pest management
  • Livestock health nutrition and welfare
  • Crop and Pasture recovery
  • Erosion and soil management
  • Invasive weed control
  • Plant biosecurity
  • Farm planning
  • Aquaculture farm management and resilience planning.

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What support is available under the Early Needs Recovery Program?

The Early Needs Recovery program will offer a range of opportunities including:

  • landscape scale pest, weed and disease control programs
  • field days, paddock walks, site visits, webinars and one-on-one discussions
  • workshops and seminars
  • industry tailored initiatives.

Who can apply for the Early Needs Recovery Program?

Primary producers located in the North Coast, Hunter, Greater Sydney, and South East regions are the focus of the program.

The services provided under the Early Needs program will be delivered by Local Lands Services in partnership with industry to ensure that the unique recovery needs of the most impacted sectors in these regions are met.

The program will also provide funding for volunteer-based organisations that provide recovery services to assist producers, such as fencing replacement and other infrastructure. Up to $1 million is available for not-for-profit organisations for rebuilding initiatives that support flood-affected primary producers.

Recent work carried out by the Early Needs Recovery Program

Oct-Nov 2022

The Early Needs Recovery Program is busily working to provide support and services to assist primary producers. Some of the recent work undertaken includes:

  • providing one-on-one consultancy services to 34 of the most severely impacted dairy farmers on the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast
  • weed control work in the North Coast and Hunter regions
  • engagement with landholders and stakeholders at Primex Field Days
  • consulting with industry bodies, Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries and not-for-profit organisations to co-design grant packages
  • recruitment of 9.5 (FTE) additional on-ground staff to deliver biosecurity, animal health, agronomy, invasive pests and weeds services
  • sharing regular updates with impacted primary producers through various channels including newsletters, social media and stakeholder updates.

The program team is also developing and will implement a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement plan.

Fence Rebuilding Program (not-for-profits) Grants

The $1 million Fence Rebuilding Program (the program) is part of the Early Needs Recovery Program (ENRP) and seeks to support volunteer-based not-for-profit organisations who are providing assistance to primary producers to repair and rebuild fences that received direct damage from the severe weather and floods that occurred from 22 February 2022 onwards (AGRN 1012).

The program is offering a targeted, competitive grant opportunity offered over one round of funding. All applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines prior to applying. All projects are required to be completed by 28 February 2024.

Eligible organisations can apply for funding from $100,000 up to $400,000. Total eligible grants cannot exceed the amount of available funds.

To be eligible for grant funding, an applicant must meet each of the following criteria:

  • have received an invite from LLS to apply for the grant
  • be a volunteer-based not-for-profit organisation
  • be registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and confirm if registered for GST
  • have or will be providing fence repair and rebuilding services to Primary Producers within the defined disaster area for the NSW storms and floods that occurred from 22 February 2022 onwards (AGRN 1012)
  • fences being repaired and constructed must have been directly damaged by severe weather and floods that occurred from 22 February 2022 onwards (AGRN 1012)
  • fences must be constructed to a stock proof condition and future flooding events must be considered in placement and type of construction
  • be using volunteer labour to carry out the fence repair and rebuilding services with supervision from experienced personnel
  • be directly managing staff (volunteer or otherwise) who will be delivering the project services. That is, money cannot be provided to another organisation to deliver the services on behalf of the applicant (sub-contracting etc)
  • hold all relevant insurances including a minimum of $20 million public liability insurance
  • have a Workplace Health and Safety Plan and comply with Workplace Health and Safety legislation
  • have a biosecurity plan
  • be able to commence within 3 months of the commencement of the funding deed; have completed ground works by 28 February 2024 and be completed by 24 April 2024 as outlined in the project deed.

Grants open – 9 am AEST 10 November 2022.

Grants close – 5 pm AEST 30 November 2022.

For more information and to request documentation including grant guidelines and an application form, please contact Lana Andrews 0417 328 615 or Peta Holcombe 0456 760 556 from the Early Needs Recovery Program team or email recovery@lls.nsw.gov.au

Find out more about the Early Needs Recovery Program

You can get in touch with the team by emailing recovery@lls.nsw.gov.au

Local Land Services is delivering the program in collaboration with the Department of Regional NSW and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The program is part of the $150 million Primary Industry Support Package which is co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The Early Needs Recovery Program is designed to complement existing recovery measures for primary producers in disaster declared regions. Local Land Services offers a range of emergency management advice for individuals and businesses including flood recovery and fire recovery resources.

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