Dealing with natural disasters
Natural disasters severely impact upon livestock production and enterprise management. The resources and publications below provide information and help for livestock producers dealing with natural disasters.
Caring for People
The following organisations are able to provide support for those in rural areas.
- Rural Financial Counselling Service
- Climate Management Information for Rural Australia
The Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website has information on current disasters as well as assistance packages.
MLA’s drought management page provides resources to help support producers as they make decisions when heading into, managing through and recovering from drought.
State rural fire authorities or services should be contacted directly for assistance or information on fires (see below for links to relevant websites).
Visit MLA’s preparing for bushfire season page for guidelines on emergency fodder, animal treatment and agistment.
The North Australian Fire Information website provides information for cattle producers and land managers relating to fires in northern Australia. The fire information includes hotspots (locations of burning fires), fire scars (recently burnt country), fire weather, fire history and lightning strikes, which can be viewed against various backgrounds such as topographic maps and satellite images.
Careful management can help minimise the impacts on productivity when a flood event occurs. Knowing the signs of pasture damage, parasites and disease that occur during and after flood events can make recovery faster and more effective.
For flood recovery resources, visit MLA’s flood recovery page.
State and Territory contacts and hotlines
Australian Capital Territory
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate: 13 22 81
New South Wales
Local Land Services NSW: 1300 795 299
NSW Rural Fire Service
Bush fire support
DPI NSW works with Local Land Services to support the NSW Rural Fire Service to assist primary producers. See Information on current bushfires
Department of Primary Industry and Resources: 08 8999 2006
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries: 13 25 23
Primary Industries and Regions SA: 1800 255 556
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment: 1300 368 550
Agriculture Victoria: 136 186
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development: 1300 374 731
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