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Recovering from bushfires - practical help for Kangaroo Island livestock producers

12 March 2020

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With sessions underway this week for livestock producers in the NSW Hunter, Murray and Riverina regions, Recovery Information Sessions have now been scheduled to support bushfire impacted communities across Kangaroo Island.

Recovery Information Sessions are being held throughout bushfire and drought impacted regions around Australia to help livestock producers get 'Back to Business' following natural disasters.

Focusing on recovery, experts will be on hand to offer practical advice, tools and information on livestock nutrition, water access and quality, mental health support services and accessing financial and government assistance.

Recovery Information Sessions on Kangaroo Island are being hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), its subsidiary Integrity Systems Company, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), Livestock SA and Agriculture Kangaroo Island (Ag KI) with support from industry partners including Dairy Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.

MLA is continuing to work in conjunction state government departments and farming organisations in NSW, South Australia and Victoria to schedule additional sessions in impacted regions.

“These sessions will allow local farming communities across Kangaroo Island to come together to discuss planning for recovery and setting priorities,” Livestock SA President, Joe Keynes, said.

“Following previous fires, sessions such as these have been seen as very valuable in allowing locals to discuss the issues of recovery and to identify challenges and solutions. Experts are on hand to offer practical advice.”

Recovery Information Sessions are open to livestock producers and are free of charge. The initial forums on Kangaroo Island will be held on:

  • March 16, Stokes Bay / Middle River, 6.00pm
  • March 17, Duncan, 8.00am
  • March 17, Vivonne Bay / Karatta, 6.00pm
  • March 18, Kohinoor / Menzies, 8.00am
  • March 18, Parndana, 6.00pm

For further information, meeting locations and to register, visit www.livestocksa.org.au or @AgricultureKI on Facebook.

Sessions are scheduled to be held in the Adelaide Hills and Keilira region of South Australia later in March. Additional forums will also be held in NSW and Victoria in the coming weeks. Dates and locations will be announced once confirmed.